-I live near Toronto, ON
-I am a level 2 CSIA ski instructor working on my level 3 (on my level 3 course, both conductors pointed out boot issues to me separately without talking to each other, I am serious about skiing and teaching and achieving higher level of performance)
-I wear size 8.5US running shoes, I am 5'10 and 200lbs (I could lose a few lbs but would never be less than 190)
I have had:
-2006 Lange Comp FR I believe they are called in 26.5, WAY tight on me but the forward lean on this boot was great, I just can't do more than 5 runs without dying
-2009 Head Raptor LTD in 26.5, I swim in these boots, way too big
-2011 Nordica Dobermann Spitfire 120 in 26, I am unable to bend these, seems the forward lean isn't right for me, I had a shop "soften them" by cutting the shell where the dotted lines were and remiving the top bolt at the back which still didn't help, feel too big
-2011 Nordica Enforcers in 26, better than the Dobbermann's due to easier to flex, but still not enough forward lean, feel too big
-on all these boots, I need to crank them down to get response but then I lose circulation in my feet which is no good
-no one has ever "aligned" me, or bothered to look at that
-I have the race conformable footbed, which isn't the best, but works since. Have a pretty flat foot so the process of standing on it t form it worked, when I had Kork's made the suspended process not so good for me.
-last year I skied a Head Chip 71, this year the Nordica Dobbermann Spitfire Pro EDT, I love fast groomers in "advanced parallel" type turns but need to be able to tackle short radius and bumps as well as be able to wear the boot all day.
I work with a local shop and I get Nordica at a great deal, but as I have learnt, good deal and "high end" boot doesn't mean it fits. I have acces to Head, Nordica, Salmon, Atomic.
I am pretty sure I would be ok in Nordica's size 25, they fit in the store but my boot fitter thinks I'm nuts and it would be way too tight. Not to mention no forward lean adjustment, in the cuff anyway.
We apparently have some good local fitters (Toronto, Collingwood) but I would like to go to the BEST so that I can finally stop worrying about the boots I am so sick of having issues that my wife who also needs new boots and I are thinking of making the 7.5hr drive to Killington so we could go to Surefoot and get custom boots, I figure what better fit than an injected liner, but i Am scared that I will be disappointed in that process. I would hate to spend $1500 on boots and not have good results.
Should I just bite the bullet and go to Surefoot? Should I work with a local? Is there a local or someone in the 7-8hrs drive away that is really good and would be worth the drive?
Thanks in advance for the advice and sorry for the long winded post, at the ski hill I'm known as the "boot whore" hope that's an ok word for here, I would like to be known for my skiing rather than the amount of boots I have, lol