OK, I had a new pair of Solomon 2011 X3 10 CS boots fitted up to my feet last spring by Jim Lindsey just prior to blowing my ACL. They are very snug but ski extremely well. I've only got 4-5 days on them, but a couple back to back. I'm not finding fit problems (yet).
The problem is getting these things on and off. If they are warm (above room temperature), no problem. But otherwise, it is touch and go to see if I can actually lever the foot into the boot. And there is so much friction getting the boot on, the sock folds my toes and it requires considerable wiggling and walking to get the sock to move sufficiently to get the toes uncompressed.
Yesterday, I couldn't get the left boot on at all. I walked to the lodge in the right boot and left shoe and heated the boot under a hand dryer. I still couldn't get the boot on. Fortunately, there was a sure foot right there. They heated the boot a bit (10 seconds), and voilla no problem getting it on.
So what to do? I know folk who have plug race boots often have to take a heat gun with them to get their boots on and off. I don't really like have to schlep all my stuff to the lodge to find an outlet to put the boots on. What about a Hot Gear bag? The X3 10 CS boot has a moldable shell; will the bag heat it too much and cause problems with the shell?
Any and all suggestions welcome.