or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Gear Advice Needed

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to replace an old pair of Lange X9 boots.

I'm a male 6 ft. tall, 175-180 lbs. on average, skiing at levels 6-7. I tend to ski mostly blue groomed, some black, some moguls. Do not venture off-piste that often. Ski in the midwest maybe six times per year and venture out west once per year to ski four days.

A local ski shop fitted me to a pair of Salomon Performa 7.5 which seem to fit well, however, I can't seem to find much information on these boots. Also considering a pair of Lange CRL 90s that fit good.

Given the frequency and level of skiing, are these boots suitable? Also looking forward to some Fischer RX8, Volkl 4 Star, K2 Crossfire or similar.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
post #2 of 8

X-9 Repalcement

Just got a new pair of boots myself. I had my X-9,s for about 13 or 14 years. I got a pair of the top Technicas. They are really a great improvement. Careful though, I think i should have gotten size smaller.
post #3 of 8
TBEHR, find a good bootfitter/balancer. Do what they say. Really.
post #4 of 8
"A local shop"

Where and what kind of shop ... post a name or at least an area and you may get some insight on "local shops".

Most kids on the sales floor don't ski more than a few times a year.
post #5 of 8
Originally Posted by TBEHR
A local ski shop fitted me to a pair of Salomon Performa 7.5 which seem to fit well, however, I can't seem to find much information on these boots. Also considering a pair of Lange CRL 90s that fit good.

What year Performa, and what color? I don't know about the 7.5, but the Performa 8.0 has always been a decent boot. In fact, if you look at the Ski Industry Association (SIA) buyers guide for this year:

http://www.skipressworld.com/us/en/m...2005/0920.html (pg 85)

the Performa 8.0 is one of the few low end boots that make the review. It's generally considered to be a good advanced boot, say between intermediate and expert in terms of features and construction. Fit is more forgiving and more comfortable than most expert boots, but you get features not found in most intermediate boots. The 8.0 flexes at "80" on Salomon's scale. I think this would be a good boot for many skiers, but it's not stout enough or stiff enough for hard-charging expert skiers.

I have a pair of Salomon Equipe 8.0 boots from 1998, which are similar to the modern Performa but were a bit higher in the lineup (probably equivalent to a modern Xwave 6.0). They also have an 80 flex. These boots have been great for me, and I am a solid level 8 skier and ski pretty hard. One thing I can tell you is that the liners have not packed out significantly, which is a big deal to me. They still fit great and provide a lot of support after about 80-90 days of skiing (since 1998), and 15 days this year. So, if the Performas are as good as my Equipes have been, the boots themselves ought to be decent.

Of course, what really matters is how the boot fits and skis for YOU!
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information, I'll take some time reading the reviews.

I recently went to a local boot fitter and spent two hours trying on Tecnica, Dalbello, and Lange, and decided I'll go back when I have more time. I narrowed it down to three boots the first visit, however, I was concerned about the heat molding and pack. Some of the boots fit very well and snug, but slightly uncomfortable -- if they give somewhat they'd probably be fine, if not they may be uncomfortable after skiing a few runs. Others felt great, but maybe slightly too much room in the toe box. If I The boot fitter indicated once heat molded the boot would loosen some. They were also recommending custom support liners.
post #7 of 8
Always err on the side of slightly too tight with possible slight discomfort when it comes to bootfitting. One thing we can all agree to is the boot will open up with use. It is usually easier to make a small boot bigger than a big boot smaller.
post #8 of 8
what cant said

also the CRL and the salomon are very differnt shapes.

boots will pack out 1/4 to 1/2 size, plus footbeds usually make the foot shorter too.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion