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Lange Comp 120 Boot -- Keep working on boot or get rid of it?

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Sorry for repeating part of this post but thought this might be a better starting post. I have Lange Comp 120 boots right now and have not been able to get them dialed in right. Initially I was getting rocked into the backseat constantly when in bumps and glades and unable to maintain forward balance. I asked my local bootfitter to soften the boot to which he removed one bolt and cut away some material from the outside bottom of the lower cuff buckle strap and cut a v in the back inside shell where the top bolt existed for flex control. This definitely made the boot easier to flex but still I could not get into a fully flexed position without falling backwards. I concluded that I needed some heel lift to bring my hips more forward. This seemed to work but it took two blue foam heel lifts to finally get my hips into the correct position. Now I found that I had too much range of motion and was still getting thrown backwards in extreme conditions so I added in some padding behind the cuff at the spoiler. Presto I was setup and able to maintain a balanced position in all conditions. The problem now is I feel like I am overly flexed instead of neutral when at rest and the boots have been softened up a lot so I think I lost some lateral stiffness and control. Ultimately I am not happy with this experiment because I am still unable to get far over on my edges and my heels do not feel secured enough Is my best bet to move on? Am I getting the best that I can get with my foot size and ankle condition? Background information: I am 6 foot, 190 pounds. I ski moderately aggressive and moderately fast where possible -- a 7/8 rating. I ski only black diamond runs, 80% of time the conditions are powder or crud and 80% of time I am in the glades and bumps. My foot is a 27.5 mondo, 108mm wide at the forefoot, 68mm wide at the heel, 240mm around my ankle at just above the ankle, 275mm around my arch. So I am wide at the forefoot with a slightly high arch but normal otherwise. I have 20 degrees of dorsiflexion in my right ankle but only 14 degrees of dorsiflexion in my left due to a three year old ankle sprain. My arches both collapse with the left collapsing much more than the right. My knees are ever so slightly bowlegged but track inward when in fully flexed position. I have two footbeds made one from Northern Ski Works in Killington and another from GMOL in Stratton. Slightly different and depending on how much heel lift I use I will switch from one to the other as they are not the same thickness at the heel and arch. Other questions: Should I have more or less flex, more or less forward lean, a taller or shorter boot a steeper or shallower boot ramp angle?

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can you see the guys at GMOL again?

even with all the info that you have given, this is a very hard question, with many other variables, and many different layers of question and answers.


best to find a bootfitter that works a lot with stance and balance, and alignment and maybe one that is on/near snow so you can try stuff and see how it is for you

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