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Back on skis after 25 years... Need boot advice

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm done doing my Rumpelstiltskin impression. This is my first season back after 25 years and am still trying to get up to speed again. I need your advice on whether to stay in my old boots, or if I am missing out by not getting a new model.

I'm 6' 3" and 195 lbs.
I'd say I'm just about back to a level 8. I was a good skier before stopping, so it really has been like riding a bike. I do more carving now than before (plenty of windshield wiper/knees together quick turns before).

My last skis were Rossi F5 Comp 195s, which I still have. Now I have a pair of Dynastar Legend 4800s in 172 cm, which have been a good ski to get back on track. I'll need more ski before long, as they're forgiving but not quite lively enough for me.

I am using my old tried-and-true Lange XLR boots from 1981, which I bought during my last skiing season for the princely sum of $ 59. brand new. I've used them 20x in 81, and about 12x this year. They are really comfortable and responsive. They also look almost brand new.

Will the new boots give me substantial benefits, or would I be better off staying with the XLRs? I really like them, but don't know what I'm missing. I like skiing the steeps and moguls at a medium speed.... no more super high speed runs for me. Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 13
Simply put, that old XL-R was designed to react withmore fore and aft pressure to get teh most out of the ski, newer boots will work more latteral.

My suggestion is to start with the path of lease resistance and start with a newer Lange boot since you have had success with them in the past. With that siad, your feet whill not know what is written on the outsude of teh boot, so don't be limited to jsut Lange, plan on spending a whole morning (best time of day to look at boots) trying boots on. And don't forget to talk about orthotics.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I've been wondering about old boot technology vs. new skis. I'll check the Langes first.

So a bootfitter would be the way to go?
post #4 of 13
If you have not done so, I suggest you should stranghten your physical condition. go to the gym and do some cardios...

Last season, I had let myself go as a coach potato for about a month, then went to Squaw for 3 days. That almost killed me. Not only I injured myself, but also skied badly and cannot catch up with the crowd.:
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Fortunately, I've been keeping up my workouts. There's always room for improvement, though.
post #6 of 13
I don't know about your particular boot, but I suspect it has plenty of lateral stiffness. It may also have plastic fatigue though. You don't want it to disintegrate on the hill: .

I would suggest you spend a couple of 2 or 4 hour sessions at a local hill to get your muscles used to skiing again though.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've already skied about 12 times this season. Since the beginning of the year, I've been going 2 to 3 times per week. My ski legs are just about back.

The XLRs are stiff. I have been concerned about old plastic and shell fatigue. They seem okay, but I'm no plastics expert.
post #8 of 13
Before suggesting any type of boot, I would suggest going to a good bootfitter. Fit is more likely to regulate what new boot you might choose than is flex. most modern boots allow appropriate flex, although I see more folks with recent model boots which are too stiff than I see folks in boots which are not stiff enough. A good shop will help a lot, and there are lots of references on this list. Certainly Green Mountain at Stratton VT is a prime location, but there are others.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
A bootfitter is my next stop. I just tried on a couple of Nordicas, Langes, and a Technica. The Nordicas really pinched my Achilles, and the Langes did not have the same comfort as my XLRs. The Technica didn't feel like anything special.

The most comfortable boot I tried was the Salomon 1080. However, those felt almost floppy. I'm concerned that they'd pack out and be too loose. In the meantime, the XLRs are holding up fine...
post #10 of 13
yeh, my Salomon SX91 also held up fine since 1989, but I changed to 2006 models anyway.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by CharlieS
A bootfitter is my next stop. I just tried on a couple of Nordicas, Langes, and a Technica. The Nordicas really pinched my Achilles, and the Langes did not have the same comfort as my XLRs. The Technica didn't feel like anything special.

The most comfortable boot I tried was the Salomon 1080. However, those felt almost floppy. I'm concerned that they'd pack out and be too loose. In the meantime, the XLRs are holding up fine...
If you have a medium to lower volume foot, try the Dalbello Krypton.
post #12 of 13

Boots

Lange has changed their last since 1981. I skied Langs for several years and they did not fit me any more. Did not sound like you went to much of a boot fitter. Try to find some one in your area that is really top notch, you will notice the difference in both comfort and skiing. A true boot fitter will look at your foot and then look at you boot in different shells and should be able to tell you which foot is right for your foot. You may check with the bears or ski school/patrol at your resort for a referral.
Good luck
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
I didn't go to a bootfitter. It was an impulse stop at a chain ski shop. I just wanted to get a baseline, and I didn't care for what I was feeling.

He had me in boots with my toes bent against the toe box, which really was uncomfortable. I don't know if that was intended as part of a 'break in' period, but I'd sooner stay with the XLRs than wear boots that fit so poorly.

The Langes definitely did not feel like the old ones. My feet are medium to high volume, so I'm planning on a trip to a real fitter next week.
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