I currently have Lange XR9s (purple/lilac) from the mid-90s.
These have been a great pair of boots, incredibly stiff - nice height, just how i like them, feet a bit cold at times but otherwise they're just perfect. I have them on a loose-ish setting, do a gentle warmup run, tighten them up and leave them like that all day.
The outer has 332mm length and i'm normally 9 (UK) and 10(US) foot size. I've not modified them in anyway except put an extra insole inside for extra thermal resistance. They fit like slippers. However the sole is worn and the buckles starting to fall to pieces. Time to replace.
I skied Salomon in the 80s but they mashed my feet when they plastic went too soft after a couple of years and I find them generally too wide or soft. I skied Tecnica TNTs in the early 90s but they fell to pieces very quickly... I am an aggressive skier with 31 years skiing under my belt...
If i could buy another pair of XR9s I would. So i'm looking at today's equivalent. But - Lange appear to have changed their sizing with a confusing array of options. I'm particularly confused on sole widths. I'm currently looking at the 'crazy blue' WC boots 130-150 flex
This is where i get stuck. everyone says the 130 in a 28 or 28.5 is the equivalent to my XR9s - in size they might be, but flex - they are far too soft for my liking and appear to flex a lot more than my 15 year old boots.
I just tried on a several pairs of Langes in a ski store in St Anton, Austria:
I seem to be definitely a 28.5 in current mondo sizing... i tried on next years RS130 in a 28.5 and that seemed fine but far too soft flex. They looked a bit flakey in construction too.
I tried on a 28 in what i think was a 'WC'130 from 2007/8 (at a really good price) but it was tight across the two outer toes with again too much flex for my liking.
In the same shop I tried a 150 flex salomon race boot - they felt like someone had dropped car on across the top of my foot. I'd prefer to go with what I know, but willing to try another suitable brand/spec. my local ski shop here in flatland only stocks about 2 brands and none of them are of an 'expert' spec.
and so to my questions
What would be the last width to my XR9s? (Were there variations back then?) There's nothing printed on the boot.
Is 97mm narrow or average for a boot width?I've seen a few 28.5s in a WC with 150 flex on the net - but apparently these come in a 92mm last width - I'm worried they will be too narrow. I can't find them *anywhere* to physically try on in the UK, France, Italy or Austria. What exactly is this width and why so much variation?
What about 140s in a 28.5? Would they come up a bit wider?
I've heard the up-coming Lange WC are reverting to a wider last width - is that true? (this would make sense as everyone is dumping their old stock on the net) Should i wait for the wider design and get the 150 flex?
Any other brands suggestions for a super stiff boot / expert range?
I'm completely stuck on where to go next.
any pointers gratefully read...
Northampton UK and soon, the Pyrenees