or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Boot recommendation

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Last year United Airlines did a number on my favorite (OLD) boot. I have dreaded replacing these boots, now I have no choice.

http://img120.exs.cx/img120/7264/img3027sized8sp.jpg
http://img120.exs.cx/img120/7517/img3028sized3oq.jpg

I would appreciate hearing from some of the resident boot experts here some recommendations for a replacement boot. A list of specific boots to focus my search would be wonderful. My old boots were the Lange in the above image... they were the old, old, old Lange "pink panther" XRi.

I have a friend who is a "Pro" and will use his discount to pick up my new boots. The only stipulation is that I can't get a pair of Lange's because he uses Lange exclusively.

I ski the hardest stuff on the mountain, have a 4 yr old set of 183cm Volkl Vertigo G30s. I am ~200lbs 6'1" Because of my location I do not get to ski too much. I usually make a trip out west for a week each year, but this year that trip is off due to wedding expenses coming this Spring.

While my friends and I were talking with some telemark skiers in a bar @Whistler last year they were raving about some custom fight liners they use in their boots. (The brand name "ThermaFit" sits in my head, but I don't think that is right because Google isn't turning anything up) I am planning to splurge on a custom molded type of lining, etc., since I'll be getting a nice discount on the boots through my friend. I am interested in this lining to get that custom to hopefully eliminate as much "break-in" period as possible.

I don't want to have a "bad" day next year when I do make it back out West. I should be able to get out enough this year to make sure they fit well and they won't be an issue for me in the future.

Thanks.

Jon
post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
FYI -- I forgot I posted this same question last year just after the airline issue happened.

Here is that link: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=1375

I would still like to know if there are updated boots from "this season," etc.

So far from the linked thread, the list I am going to look at are:

Salomon X-Wave 10
Nordica Beast
Head World Cup Ti.

Thanks.
post #3 of 9
we can't tell you what to try on. it depends on your foot shape and volume.
post #4 of 9
Delta-9, if those old Langes fit you well, you should try the Tecnica Diablo series, the Atomic series (especially the RaceTec), and the Nordica Doberman series. The new Dalbello Krypton may work, too.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ssh
Delta-9, if those old Langes fit you well, you should try the Tecnica Diablo series, the Atomic series (especially the RaceTec), and the Nordica Doberman series. The new Dalbello Krypton may work, too.
Thank you very much. Those will be added to the list of potential try-ons. Especially the Technica, my friend has had really good luck with those. I am less of a fan of Atomic and Nordica, but its been a long, long time since I have tried anything from them on. So I'll still give them a shot.

I hate walking into a store here in central PA w/o some kind of idea of what I want to try on and what I want to avoid. The clerks in the "ski and bike shops" around here aren't always the most helpful.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Decided on my replacement boots.

My friend decided to pick up *his* boots from a local Technica sales rep that had a pair of Diablo Fire for ~$159. So I was able to get another pair of Langes for a great price.

I went to a local ski shop and tried on the Lange 120s in the 'LOW' fitting. They were tight but I have read that this will change after a short break in. They were ordered on Friday for $269 shipping included.

Next up is finding the custom footbed that I will get fitted.
post #7 of 9
Your old boots don't look badly damaged. It would be cheap and easy to replace a couple of buckles. if they fit well, why not keep them? It is nice getting new boots too ;^)
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eungkim67
Your old boots don't look badly damaged. It would be cheap and easy to replace a couple of buckles. if they fit well, why not keep them? It is nice getting new boots too ;^)
If I wanted any compensation from United I had to turn them in. Didn't think fixing them was worth the $$ United did give me for the damage.

(I needed new boots anyway)
post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delta-9
I have a friend who is a "Pro" and will use his discount to pick up my new boots. The only stipulation is that I can't get a pair of Lange's because he uses Lange exclusively.
Sorry about your boots.


It's friends like yours that hurt the industry. Look for your own deal or become a pro. Try PNW shops. They should have large inventories at reduced prices.

Don't abuse his ability to buy equipment on form for HIS personal use. He should know better.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion