Hoping you boot fitting experts can give me some advice on next steps for my wife's choice of liner.
My wife has done the Surefoot thing a couple times over the years -- most recently last week in their latest liner. Each time she ends up with a VERY thick tongue, presumably because she is slight (5'2" 105 lbs) and has skinny lower legs, so the tongue fills with a lot of foam to fill the gap. I think the thick tongue (not quite as bad this time as in the older liner a few years ago) is making it v hard for her to flex the boot and my guess is it's a combination of all that foam as a buffer between her shin and the shell but also that the thickness of the tongue is changing the angle of her leg in the boot and diminishing her leverage. This time around, the boot is a relatively soft boot that she was able to flex very deeply and smoothly in a stock liner. But with the foamed Surefoot liner she couldn't flex it much at all -- it was a VERY dramatic difference. The boot is a Lange Exclusive RX 80 LV. The shell seems a good choice for her because she has VERY low volume feet and yet is small and more intermediate than advanced -- it's a rare soft boot with a 97mm last.
Anyway, seems like there are a range of solutions:
1) Remove one or both rear rivets from the boots and see how much that improves flex (but even if it does, isn't it not great for the tongue to be forcing her into a somewhat incorrect angle/posture int he boot? These boots do not have adjustable forward lean so can't compensate that way).
2) Use the stock liner instead (although presumably fit around other parts of her foot will notbe as good and she may have shin bang too)
3) Use a Zipfit or Intuition (If this is the right next step, advice on which of the two and which model would be much appreciated...we're in NYC so unlikely we can try a few in a shop).
4) Get re-foamed if Surefoot has ways of ensuring less foam goes to the tongue
On the one hand, I assume eliminating some of the void around her leg in the cuff area is good 'cause it will reduce shin bang, but seems bad to have so much of that filled with the tongue.
Thanks much for any guidance you folks can provide.