Fabulous Ski Boots Test 2014 – Lange Advanced Skiers Wide Feet

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The time comes to look for a new pair of ski boots, as the very comfortable old ones have worn out and the plastic has lost its original flex and response.
A common requirement for an advanced skier or a ski instructor is to find the best possible combination of comfort and performance.
After many years of skiing, and particularly with a background in ski racing that forced the poor feet to squeeze in very tight and narrow boots, you now want to be able to enjoy a whole day’s skiing without pain.
At the same time you don’t want to completely lose the precision and the pressure transfer that a good technical ski boot allows you to put into your skiing technique.
Lange has always been one of the top brands in producing ski boots for racing and advanced skiers, but unfortunately until now only suitable for narrow feet.
With great pleasure, I’ve discovered that in the recent collection, Lange are making wider boots, expanding the shell width in the front part to 100/102mm.
Below are the models tested:
Lange SX 100 (in red, worn by me in the action photo above)
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Lange SX 120(in black with green buckles)
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Lange XT 120 (in White blue & green)
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The SX model is the wider one, with a width of 102mm. whereas the SX are 100mm. wide.
The XT is promoted as freeride boot which includes the WALK/SKI lever on the back, plus a non-slip rubber sole, very useful for walking.
The number represents the flex index of the boot, which in these case goes from 100 to 120.
If you are in the process of improving, moving from intermediate to advanced skier, you might consider the SX100, slightly softer to enable you to flex your ankles and shins forward with ease, whereas if you are a heavier or more experienced and balanced skier you can go for the 120 flex without any problems.
When trying your boots in the ski shop, take in consideration that the warmer temperature makes the boots feel much softer that outdoors in the cold.
Make sure you wear appropriate ski socks, the same you’ll be wearing when skiing and I also recommend to take your exact boot size, not the next size or half size up, as the boot liner tends to expand with use.
Most ski shops these days have a custom fit laboratory, so they can customize boot’s shell, boot’s liner and inner sole to suit your feet to perfection.
I hope this article will help you choose the right ski boots, you’re welcome to write comments or questions here below if need be, and I wish you …Happy Skiing!
Fabo @fabulousSki

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