Who invented Lange-flo?
January 7, 2021
January 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm
I don’t know who came up with Lange-flo, and I decided against using google to find the answer. But I’ll bet whoever it was took their inspiration from the folks who make Bazooka bubble gum, because the Lange-flo had just about the same texture. My first pair of buckle boots were the low-cut black Lange boots that had those miserable curved buckles that would dig into the palm of your hand and make you scream as you tried to close them. The boots were used when I got them at Bob’s Sports in New Canaan CT where I grew up (I was 11 years old at the time). I along with another friend of mine who also had “ski fever” would often hang out in the ski department there after school. During the first season I had the boots the liners in both of them sprung leaks, and the flow that oozed out onto my thermal socks was just like chewing gum and never came off the socks. (Duct tape to the rescue, of course.) On top of that, the flow in the liners would slowly sink down in the boots when you weren’t wearing them (skiing is a gravity sport, after all) which added to the “fun” when you had to put them on to go skiing. Forget it if the boots were cold when you tried to put them on, unless you were a masochist and enjoyed shredding your hands while you clamped your feet into those vise-like torture devices. Boy was I glad when I got my first brand new pair of Technica boots a couple of years later! I’ll close by saying “thanks Greg”, your column in the Stowe Reporter is something I look forward to every single week. Keep up the good work, and also keep the P-tex side down too!
January 10, 2021 at 6:24 pm
My curiosity got the better of me and I yielded to Google so I won’t post the answer here. However, I will share that my downstairs neighbor in Stowe had a pair of Lange boots with Lange flow in 1971. What I remember most about them is that during the off season he would turn them from rightside up to upside down or vice versa every month to keep the Lange flow from accumulating in the bottom of the liner.
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