Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
JohnH is right - it is almost impossible to determine if a boot is going to fit you better than your previous boot without trying it on. The fit of Lange/Rossi boots are very different from most other manufacturers out there. They have a very high and narrow heel, a significant amount of forward lean, and a high arch, all complimented by a narrow fit throughout the boot. I personally have never been able to fit into them but I have a flat(ish) foot... so that would make sense. You are going to want to try on as many boots as you can from as many manufacturers as you can - in order to see what fit/style you prefer. obviously you're looking at high end boots, but you do not want to discount Tecnica, Salomon, Nordica, or any of the other brands out there. I find that some of the best boots out there for modification and getting just the right fit are the Nordica Dobermann series (thinking the 110 Pro or 130 Pro). They offer a low volume fit, with not a lot of shape the the inside of the boot so you can grind and punch where ever you need to. another boot with a similar but higher volume fit is the Tecnica race pro 130 (or race 130 pro, or pro race 130...).
I would also suggest getting a new foot bed made that will work with the new fit that you get done for the new boot. If you had problems with the old boot, it is possible that they were stemming from the old footbed... so if you keep using the old footbed you are not going to solve any problems. I know it sounds like a hassle, but the only time you can really transfer footbeds from one boot to another properly is when they are the same boot, because thickness of the required foot bed will change, the forefoot shape will be different, etc... This year I am getting a Nordica Dobermann Aggressor WC for racing/carving as an addition to my current Dobie 150's... I will likely not use the same footbeds for the new boots as the old boots.
Let me update the Lange fit here:
• Offset ankle hinges, the athletic stance, 5* of ramp angle and a snug heel pocket.
•Most importantly, we have given the forefoot 5% more width while retaining, an anatomical shape to the inside of the lower boot. This is significant, because, this should decrease the amount of grinding that is needed to obtain an optimal fit. This in turn will create a more consistent flex pattern. This also allows the foot to sit in the boot more comfortably.
•Some of the biggest improvements seen in the WC boots are: The lower cuff comes up higher than the traditional “V” cut which creates faster reaction time. Lange has outlined the Traditional “V” cut in the mold of the plastic, so for those that require that type of flex from their boot, it can be attained. You can trim the traditional “V” cut by cutting the outline with tin snips.
•The toe box of the WC boots has been enlarged, Lange has given more overall height and width to this area, and so the toes are able to fit in easier, again there will be less customization to the boot.
•The WC 150 has an arched sole whereas the Comp has a flat sole. The advantage of the arched sole is to provide more rebound and to allow flexing of the boot sole with the ski and to conform to the arc of the turn when the skier has the ski on edge. The return is a very responsive feel under the foot, which allows the skier to feel the snow with more confidence.
Essentially Lange is offeing a "Plug" boot desgin in WC 150, 130, 120 as well as a FR 120 (same plug) and a Jr. Plug boot called the WC Team.
You also have several volume/fit options: WC 150 World Cup fit (low volume) WC 130 & WC 120 will come in World Cup fit (low volume) and Hi-Perfomance fit (medium volume) FR 120 is Hi-Perfomance fit (medium volume) and the WC Team will be