My Skiing Background:
I am a relatively agressive skier without a desire to necessarly go fast. I am a fairly technical skier and have no trouble skiing anything inbounds. I ski a lot of moguls (bought some F17's last year) and am therefore looking for a less stiff and smooth flexing boot. I am currently in a pair of Dalbello Avanti V9 in a 29.5 (BSL 336). I find them relatively comfortable, but definitely look forward to pulling them off at the end of the day. Currently I unbuckle my bottom buckles on the lifts for the mornings and usually feel fine with them done up the whole time after lunch. I am drawn to the ID liners as they are often talked about as being very comfortable all day long.
I am considering a few boot changes for this season. 1) would be to get some aftermarket liners such as Intuitions and just use my current boots for another few years as is. I'm not sure this would eliminate my need to unbuckle the bottom 2 on the lifts but given that there is nothing degraded or broken on them, it is the most pragmatic/economical approach.
2) I tried on the regular (non ID) Dalbello Cross and really liked the flex pattern. I found them quite snug but couldn't decide if it was too small across the lower foot and instep. The place i went to doesn't have any of the ID Dalbello models so I was just trying them as a starting point to compare to. I would love to try the Boss's but haven't been able to find a place that carries them.
3) I'm also interested in some of the Full Tilt boots as I used to ski in Rachles when i was a kid, but i have been told mixed comments on if they would work with my feet or not. Although narrow, i was told their toe box is actually less pointy then the Kryptons. I also have 2 sets of skis setup with Pivot binders for a 336 BSL so i'm not excited about the prospect of having to relocate both skis.
-will Intuition liners in my current boots make a measurable difference in fit and/or comfort?
-What are the main differences between the Cross and Boss?
-Does anyone in the BlueMountain/Collingwood ON area or Ellicottville NY area carry the Boss/Cross in Regular or ID?
-does the 98mm Full Tilt fit much different from the 98 mm Dalbello in terms of toe width or instep?
Thanks in advance!