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2005/2006 Lange Boots?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know if there are any changes planned for the Lange 130 MF boots for next year?

Reason: After a great number of posts to the Bears and getting over new boot paranoia, I just purchased some, they cracked over the instep after 4 days skiing. The Lange rep is out of replacement stock for this year and will credit the shop. The shop will let me replace with another boot or wait for the 2005/2006 model (the crack is not huge, they can stop it and the boots are still very skiable).

I now really like the 130's I've skied them on icey eastern slopes and 4 days at Kicking Horse, so I am convinced and I don't really want a different boot. But if the model is changing in 2005/2006 I may try harder to get them replaced now.

Thanks,
Gord
post #2 of 10
Don't think twice. If there's a crack (stopped or not), replace them. Stress will converge on any structural anomally. Eventually, there's a good chance it'll get worse.

In a year they won't remember your name. If I was you, I'd definitely go for the new pair.

Also, the Lange comp shell has changed little in recent years. It's an extremely precise, refined design, based upon decades of world-cup testing. I doubt it'll change much, if any.
post #3 of 10
The only change seems to be the racing buckles (like those on current RL) on the 130 (120 and lower still have the Aero buckles).
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
One other question:

Does anyone know if the Langes are prone to this? (I know of one other person who had the same problem)
post #5 of 10
My first L10 cracked in the upper flap of the instep. I guess it was because I took in medium fit, the boot was too wide, I had to tighten the buckles extremely which resulted in too much material overlap and material stress in slightly different places than it should have been (I hope you know what I mean).

The replacement "normal fit" had very small cracks after about 350-400 heavy-duty days with lots of spring/summer skiing (sunlight and deterioration of plastics) which I easily corrected by cutting off that small part of the flap.
No further problems in those 4-5 years.
(Was the older L10 boot, not the current Pininfarina shell.)
post #6 of 10
no they are not prone to it. when you do up your buckles(on any boot) do the instep up first flex forwrd a couple of times and then do the other buckles up from the toe up.
the only boot i ever cracked like yours was a nordica, i see about 10 boots like yours a year various makes.
the 05/06 130 is the same boot with blue soles and the WC buckle...
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by waxman
no they are not prone to it. when you do up your buckles(on any boot) do the instep up first flex forwrd a couple of times and then do the other buckles up from the toe up.
the only boot i ever cracked like yours was a nordica, i see about 10 boots like yours a year various makes.
the 05/06 130 is the same boot with blue soles and the WC buckle...
Glad to hear that they will be unchanged for next year, other than the crack they are becoming a great fitting boot.

During my great boot purchase of 2005, everyone advised buckling the top two buckles first, flexing and then, while flexed, buckling up the bottom two buckles, but not overly tight on the bottom two. So far I have followed that advice.

Before I bought them I noticed a dark swirled line in the plastic where the crack now is. I did not think anything of it, but perhaps it was the flaw that has yielded the crack.

Thanks,
Gord
post #8 of 10
I´m with waxman on the buckling scenario.
With a very tight plug boot I don´t see any other sequence than starting with the second instep buckle. The fight to buckle up the upper ones can only follow, not precede.
Truth is, the thin liner makes proper positioning of the heel before you start buckling up easier in plugs.
When starting buckling up it´s important not to tighten the instep buckles too much so that the foot can still move backwards to fit the heel properly.
Etc...
post #9 of 10
I had the same exact thing happen to me. I bought the boots new this past fall and they cracked in the first couple weeks. I dont know if it was because of a flaw in the boots, or the bitter cold this winter in NE, but I'm also waiting for replacement 2005/2006 boots.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
As it turned out the shop had my size in the Low volume Fit (LF) which I would have thought too narrow(I cracked a pari of MF's). However, I tried them on and they were pretty close so I went with them to get the whole thing finished. If they don't pack-out enough for the width I will get the side punched a little next fall.
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