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Recommend a boot to replace a very outdated Lange Banshee 9

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

I am looking for a new boot to replace my Lange Banshee 9, which I forgot to take with me when moving overseas and thus is a good enough excuse for me to buy a new pair of boots

I was very happy with the boot. They fit me great, I got them in a size 25.5 even though the bootfitter thought they might be a tad small, but they packed out great. So basically I am looking for something with the same fit (especially in the heel area as i have very skinny ankles and heels), maybe a -tad- smaller and I wouldn't mind something with a bit of a more upright cuff.

I would appreciate some suggestions on boots that I would go and tryout. I was looking at the Lange Fluid line and the Atomic M line today (just window shopping for now) and they had some great pre-season discounts.

edit: I don't know if it matters, but I am 5'11", 170 lbs. Have been skiing for about 5-6 years now @ around 20 days/season but this year for the first time I live about 15 minutes away from the lift to a huge mountain so I plan to do quite a bit more skiing.
post #2 of 10
Is there a ski shop near by? This would be the best way to a good boot fit. You have already written that you get the feel of what you are looking for. Go into a shop and buy the boot that gives you that feel.

It does not matter what is on closeout. A good boot fit takes time and just the right amount of money to find the boot that fits best.

jim
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
There is indeed ski shops nearby, actually the problem is there are way too many; and each one seems to sell only their brand. Ie if I go to the Atomic store, they sell atomic boots, there is a store across the city which sells Lange, another one which sells Rossis...etc

I am just trying to get some advice on which model boots and brands to focus on since if I try to go around all the stores trying everything out it will take me 3 days.
post #4 of 10
you should look for the best boot fitter/store and then they can help you find the best boot.Most companies will make a narrow boot (most have 4-6 lasts or shapes) so finding someone (not some boot) that can help you is the best bet.
post #5 of 10
The Atomic M series is not what you are looking for. Try the Racetech (Ti and CS) in softer flexes and also try a few Langes on since they apparently fit your foot well .
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jdistefa View Post
Try the Racetech (Ti and CS) in softer flexes
Awesome, thanks thats exactly what I am looking for - just something to narrow down the number of boots I have to try.

Which models should I be looking at for Lange and Rossignol?
post #7 of 10
I would consider anything built on the raceboot last (in softer flexes). A good shop can help you here with specific models (Lange/Rossi similar to Ford/Mercury in this respect).

Otherwise, hard to say....
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=74836
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Thanks again for the reply. I probably didnt explain my situation very well.

I recently moved from Toronto, ON (I actually used to ski up at Blue Mountain ) back to Bulgaria.

I would very much like to go to a good bootfitter and have him find me the perfect boot for my leg, but the problem is that these bootfitters do not exist here in Sofia (or at the very least I don't know where to find them). To give you an example of what I am talking about - last week when I went around to try on some boots, the "bootfitter" asked me what the heck I am doing when I pulled out the liners from some boots in order to shell fit myself.

I have read all the FAQs (Ive been here 3+ years now, I just dont post much, rather read more) and I apologize if my questions sound similar to what is written that you guys cant help with, but I am trying to make the best out of my situation since the way I see it I have two options:

1. Not ski..........
2. Settle with not having a good bootfitter, do a ton of research myself and hopefully end up with something that is 90% of what a good bootfitter would have done.

Sooo, I choose option #2. Also, I did not at all understand your reference of Lange/Rossi being like Ford/Mercury....??
post #9 of 10
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Sooo, I choose option #2. Also, I did not at all understand your reference of Lange/Rossi being like Ford/Mercury....??
Ford = Mercury. Same car different sheetmetal and nameplate.
Rossi = Lange. Generally the same boots (at least in the race lineups) but with different colors and minor detail differences.

SJ
post #10 of 10
It sounds as if you will be doing this yourself. There are several articles with stickies here about how to fit a boot. Suggest you start by doing shell fit with all models recommended here and then more. You will be able to educate yourself about width, volume, etc.

Lou
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