My Shop Review: Lange Comp ProTried the Comp Pro 26.5 w/97m last today. I spent about 2hrs with them.
Before you read below, I am a BIG Lange fan, no doubt about it. I have skied with Lange racing boots for over 20 yrs. My current WC130's have a crack so I need to replace them. The Comp Pro was my expected replacement and I heard a number of great reviews about this boot.
Here's my feedback:
First, the boot shows 120 flex, not 130. This is right on the back spine near the top of boot in black lettering. I must say, in the shop compared side by side with my current 2004 Lange WC 130, they are MUCH softer in forward flex. Tried the Banshee 125 flex and they were stiffer then the Comp Pro's by just a little.
Second, the liners on the Comps are very cheap! No shape at all. We compared them to my current WC 130's and even the shop owner was surprised at what Langer is offering on these Comps. The Comps have NO heel formation what so ever. No rear top shim like the older Lange’s. In addition, I found the liner padding to be somewhat soft. I wonder how long they would last over time.
Third, looking at the shell w/o the liner's installed, they also have very little shape in the heel area. For example, the heel piece is just round like most other shells. The WC130's are very shaped around the heel, they have a pronounced heel indent, the Comps don't.
I could not get the Comps to hold my ankle in place like my old boots. The shop tried everything, heel lifts, padding around the ankle area etc.
So, I left the shop wondering why the big changes to the liner and shell quality? Will the Super Comp Pro’s, Comp Pro HP’s in 140 be better? Will the liner be comparable to my current Lange’s? My next trip will be to another shop that carries the 140’s.
For those who have tried the Comps or the 140’s what was your experience?