First offI need to inform you that I started a thread on the general Ski Gear Discussion page, but realized it may have been better suited here. If it helps understand my scenario, any interested will find it here:
I wanted to move the thread here as of course it's much more on topic. I had a number of questions and some good advice was given, though I had a few more thoughts since my original posting. Not meaning to double post here though...just trying to re-focus.
Obviously, as one who has never experienced a proper custom boot fit before, there are a lot of questions. One near the top of my list is the 'pain' question. Of course, pain is highly subjective and relative to the skier can vary widely. I suppose what I'm wondering here is more along the lines of what marks the threshold of acceptable security in a fit, without discomfort for you? Or should "proper" boot fit always feel painful, tight, and uncomfortable?
Bear in mind I'm not a hard charger at all. A level 7 on a good day with very short bursts of 7.5-8 peeking out here and there. I can ski blacks, but still don't enjoy the steep and usually take things rather slowly - at least compared to my fellow skiers who always seem to rail down those things. So I'm not trying to get a race fit or anything close. But it seems a well fit boot should allow one to step in, get situated, strap down, and comfortably ski all day yes? When I've heard tell of guys routinely releasing all their buckles on the lift, just to cinch them all down again at the top sounds strange...and certainly not what I want to be doing if it can be helped.
I assume that a proper fit will likely require multiple trips back to my fitter for fine tuning and work. But what I don't want to do is imagine all sorts of potential 'phantom' issues that may not truly be issues at all. With the new boot set-up I have now for example, Bud mentioned it might be too small a shell for my needs? Although we went through the whole process of a shell fit and such. It seems to be fairly simple to pinpoint a fit that's too large, but how do you know if you're too small?
I have a feeling I'm coming at all of this with a huge GAPPER tattoo'ed across my forehead! :D I don't mean to be overtly slow at getting this whole boot thing, and I thank you all in advance for advice past and future. Feel free to roast me if I' not thinking as I should about a good fit!
Once more, thanks to all, and a great weekend!