OK, so now I had a chance to put those on my feet and actually buckle them. Tight fit, at least as tight as my old boots, most likely tighter (sort of expected from a new high-end boot compared to a worn-out pair with a lot of days). The fit in the shop was cosy, slipper-like and almost too loose; the boot feels nothing like it now, it is a mean close fit. A few random observations: The shell fit- I am soft-touching on both sides of the forefoot. That's pretty tight tight, so I guess the liner is pretty thin. I had to play some with the tongue position to get the boot to flex evenly without a shin roll. The liner tongue is pretty hard plastic and it is not getting heat-molded like the shell does, so if you have instep fit issues, you may need to watch for that. I initially had a very severe little toe area problem, most lilkely due to a liner seam in the wrong place for my anatomy, that subsided substantially after playing with the tongue position and just letting the foot settle in, but maybe the liner still needs to be pounded a bit there. Overall, compared to my older boot the fit is closer, but not significantly closer. And I have not skied in it yet, so there will be more room after a day on the slope. The remarkable thing is that Jim had to work a fair bit on my old boots to get them to be pain-free, and here we got to this stage in a couple of hours, Another thing that is different is that I now get both upper and lower leg pretty snug, I was not able to achieve that in my old boot. Seeing the difference between the initial and final fit, I am a believer.
Here is a picture from the fit day. My just-molded boot is on the left next to an identical bran-new unfolded Fisher. If you look closely you can see how much volume the shell added in the forefoot after the molding, it is remarkable.
Edited by alexzn - 10/21/11 at 2:11pm