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Summer is out!

 

I've been debating the idea since the end of the season about what to invest in for the next season. The biggest is boots. My boots right now are too big (up to 1cm between the shell and the front of my toes). So much so, I can't feel the front and the buckles over my instep are as tight as they go without some McGyver work. I actually busted a buckle or two fastening them down. The still work but at a weird angle.

 

My initial question is:

 

Is there really any significant changes to boots between seasons? It seems to me, next years models and this past seasons models for most boot makers are very similar. Would it be better to buy last years model (and initial fitting) and get full customization out of the gate? OR buy a newer model (and initial fitting) and then over time tweak it with proper insoles, cuff adjustments, punching, and more?

 

Finding a fitter for me isn't the hard part. Knowing what's better in the long run is something I don't know. This is my second pair of race boots and I want them to last as long as possible. 

 

Follow-up:

 

How many seasons can you get out of your race boots and how often do you use them?

 

I got 2 seasons out of my Lange 120SC and that is skiing them almost everyday in season and weekends during summer (PISLAB skiing).

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Are you racing or just skiing, and what are your goals for your boots (e.g. maximum performance, all day comfortable)?

 

As for how long they last, I would guess 300-400 days max on shells. At that point you can usually tell they have lost some torsional power. By 450-500 days, any shell is done.

 

There are often significant changes between seasons, but not every season and change isn't always improvement. This is a better question to ask in the boot fitters forum as they would know best what boots are changing and in what ways over the summer. The only one I know of is the 98 mm, 130 flex Dalbello gets updated to the newer last that the plug boots had this past year. This is kind of their coach/instructor boot. Find a boot that generally fits, skis the way you want, and has the shaft angle you want, and let a fitter do the rest. 

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Summer is out!

 

I've been debating the idea since the end of the season about what to invest in for the next season. The biggest is boots. My boots right now are too big (up to 1cm between the shell and the front of my toes). So much so, I can't feel the front and the buckles over my instep are as tight as they go without some McGyver work. I actually busted a buckle or two fastening them down. The still work but at a weird angle.

 

My initial question is:

 

Is there really any significant changes to boots between seasons? It seems to me, next years models and this past seasons models for most boot makers are very similar. Would it be better to buy last years model (and initial fitting) and get full customization out of the gate? OR buy a newer model (and initial fitting) and then over time tweak it with proper insoles, cuff adjustments, punching, and more?

 

Finding a fitter for me isn't the hard part. Knowing what's better in the long run is something I don't know. This is my second pair of race boots and I want them to last as long as possible. 

 

Follow-up:

 

How many seasons can you get out of your race boots and how often do you use them?

 

I got 2 seasons out of my Lange 120SC and that is skiing them almost everyday in season and weekends during summer (PISLAB skiing).

 

 

Lange did not change the molds for the 16-17 RS series of boots. There may be some liner tweaks, and new colors, but that's it. With your toes brushing the end of your boot, how much room is behind the heel? Over the instep? Any other contact points either on the lateral or medial sides of the shell? 

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