Hi, I certainly appreciate the collective wisdom.
Me: 5'9" 160 pounds, 48 yo. Skied every winter since i was 2. Freestyle competitor as a teen, racer as a late teen, instructor in my 20's, Skiing more now that my children are adults. i like being playful on skis and the sensation of going fast and pushing the ride down the mountain. I press the tongues and I try to stay relaxed, centered and powerful in my skiing. Last year was a high water mark by a long stretch as I skied 50 days with 15 BC and 35 Lift served/slack country in New England and Cali. This year I will revert to my storm chaser routine with hopefully one trip to Cali. I expect to ski 5-15 days on lifts and 5-15 days BC.
My primary alpine ski boot for the last 5 years has been a 04 Lange Banshee 100. I set the cant adjust when I originally bought them, but thought I might revisit that. I have added the second strongest booster strap and sole foot beds. These are a Lange medium fit boot. They fit nicely in length and in the toe box. I have a narrower heel and I have added heel wraps outside the liner to snug the heel pocket some. I really like the liners. I wear thin socks and the boots fit nicely around my foot. Toes sometimes get cold. I am probably around 60-70 days in these boots. I tend to ski fewer days, but bell to bell in soft snow on trail or off when i do ski. I like the boots easier flex pattern for day long skiing. My 2 skis for lift served this year will be 168 Icelantic Nomad and 184 Fat-ypus Dsender.
So all is good right? Well towards the end of last year I noticed times where I was overpowering the boots-they felt flexed out and felt a bit mushy. Happened mostly in crud and steep places. Could it be that the boot/ liner is wearing out? With the increased ski time and the bigger surface area skis I am ridding, have I moved to needing a bigger boot?
I have a pair of Lange L10 low volume racefit boots which I have had for the same period of time. The L10's have maybe 6 days on them. The Banshee 100 is clearly a mellowed version of these boots. The L10 are tight in the toes, fit better in the heel pocket and are significantly stiffer. My toes are much more likely to get cold in these. I tend to open the buckles more on them when I finish a run to releave the race fit. The liner is good, but not as comfy as the Banshee. If the L10 is a 100 in Lange flex, then I would guess the Banshee is around 80.
1)Quit my whining and ski the boot that fits my foot well, the Banshee 100.
2) I need a new liner for my Banshees. Not a big fan as the gear budget is overspent and i have some things I need to sell, not buy.
3)I need a stronger boot so make the L10 work for my foot. The L10's are tight in the toe box and would need some punching out there to make them work for my feet. I have sole foot beds for them. i could move the booster strap over to the L10. I could remove the plastic inserts at the top of the liners to see how that softened the flex-reversable in seconds. The L10 has one allen bolt in the heel. I could remove this to soften flex-reversable. I could grind parts of the shell, non-reversable.
These boots have cant adjust too.
I would like to settle on one shell before i start skiing this winter if I can and stick with it. I tried to research how much boots broke in over time. I know liners pack out. Not sure if the shells soften up at all. The wimp in me wants the softer easier going boots for free riding. The super hero wants the stiffer boots for power.
Edited by Maineac - 7/15/10 at 3:10pm