[quote]Originally posted by JakeC:
I want to say thank you for such a great thing you’re doing here.
At the bottom of this post is an excerpt from an article I recently read at www.howtoski.net
. Reading this article has brought up some questions concerning lateral vs. rotary boots.
1. Are most boots today considered lateral boots or is it something that we need to look for as we search for a boot? The article goes on to say that the way to tell the difference between a lateral boot and a rotary boot is by the position of the ankle rivets. On a lateral boot the inside rivet is above the outside, and on a rotary boot the inside rivet is even with, or lower than the outside rivet. I've noticed that pair of Langes I was given, which seem to fit pretty good, have a rotary set-up. I just bought my first pair of shaped skies (atomic C9:18's), and I'm concerned that these boots will affect my progression. Here is a link to the entire Article
2. Also, could you please explain the basics of flex? I am expecting to progress from a low intermediate to a strong intermediate this winter and I am wondering what I should be looking for in a boot as far as flex and features. I want to be comfortable, but I want to be in control. I know this issue has come up often in this thread, but I was hoping you could break it down for someone like me (Very limited knowledge).
3. Can you recommend a boot fitter in the Washington State area? Believe me; if I could afford the tickets AND afford to ski this year, I would be on my way to see you in a heart-beat. What you are doing here for people, who you may never see in person, proves to me that you are a true professional. Thank you.
I do not have much time so I am going to keep it short. Thank you for bringing this info to my attention.
1. You did not mention which Langes you have, but the higher end Langes ski well. The lower end do not.
2. Flex is what allows you to balance and change position, so it is very important. It is also related to forward lean, boot ramp angle and binding ramp angle.
3. I do not know the Washington area very well, but the best bootfitter that I know of in the area is Kelly Timmons. He owns Dr Happy Feet which is somewhere in the Seattle area. His bootfitting skills are excellent and he is at least decent with alignment. He has worked closely with Lange for about 20 years. Good luck.