I would greatly appreciate your help:
I am 5' 10", 165-167 lbs with feet length of 27 cm and width ~ 99.5-101 mm (I wonder if this measurement is accurate). One foot is wider compare to the other. I have thin shins and my ankles are probably somewhat narrow with, I would say, regular calf. The second toe is longer in both feet by about 1 cm than the big toe. The reason for giving all this info is because the closest bootfitter is about 310 miles away from where I live.
I would consider myself a level 7-8 skier (in a scale of 10). In the past I enjoyed skiing mostly in the frontside of the mountain, but since last winter I like deep powder too. In the last couple of years, I spend time skiing in both coasts, east mostly. For a long time I have been struggling with rented ski boots in which I always overpowered the boot to transfer energy to the skis because my feet were swimming around (big boot? compressed liners?) rather having a snug fit and more control of my skis. Probably this was the reason for slowing down my skiing advancement. So, a new ski boot is an absolute necessity.
Last year I bought a pair of Rossignol Zenith Sensor3 110 (2011), size 26.5 mondo, 100mm last. Unfortunately, after a couple of days breaking period and few days skiing at Snowbird UT, one of the canting screws popped out, so I had to returned them. The only reason for buying these boots was that after trying a lot of boots (Salomon, Technica, Head, Nordica, Atomic) most of them felt very roomy-comfortable at the store (which I thought it was a bad choice). I even tried to go to smaller size (25.5) but they felt very small. After doing a lot of searching on the internet, I found out that Rossignols (having the same shell mold as Langes) were considered low volume boots. The only well-versed person I found in a local ski store consented in having a look at my Rossi boot fit, although they do not carry this brand (unfortunately, there are no Rossignol or Lange dealerships close - I think there is a store 100 miles away). He said that they had an almost race type fit (less than a finger at the heel, and the sides of my feet were almost touching the shell). My impression of these boots, if that helps, was that after 4-5 days of skiing in them I felt the 110 flex was a bit stiff for me and my feet at some point during the day were kind of cold, probably because I buckled the boots very tight. Recently, I tried a Salomon Impact 120, which I found very roomy-comfortable and soft flex-wise.
Now, considering all the above, I have to order them online and do the fitting test myself (I know it is a very bad idea). I'm thinking of any of the following: Lange RX 110 (2012), Lange RX 120 (2012) (100 mm) or the Atomic Burner 100 or 120 (2012) (98 mm), all in size 26.5.
Any suggestions? thoughts about how these boots compare to Rossis? I am more interested in Lange RX 110 or 120 (I might try to drive myself to the closest Lange store and try them on).
Flex-wise: Could anybody comment on the stiffness of these boots? All these models have flex adjustment screws, should I go with something stiffer and play with the screws? Taking both screws out makes the boot softer by about 20% (removing only one, 6% the upper, 12% the lower), is that right?
Any feedback from bootfitters would be very much appreciated.
Thank you very much and I apologize for the lengthy post.