So, I just bought a pair of Full Tilt First Chair boots off of backcountry after trying on a similar Full Tilt Boot in the only ski store around Sun n Ski Sports. Unfortunately, although the guys at the store are avid skiers, I don't think they qualify as expert bootfitters. I did a shell fit in the store on both a 28.5 and 27.5. The 28.5 was basically comfortable and the 27.5 was pretty tight. My mondo size is actually a 28.
Figuring obviously that the tighter the better, I went ahead and bought the First Chairs off of backcountry in the 27.5. Tried em on today around the house and I'm thinking they might be to too tight even after a heat mold. The right foot feels fine, and I can get about an index finger and a half behind my heel in the shell, but the left foot, i can barely squeeze an index finger. The feeling I would describe with the liners in is tight like a rock climbing shoe with my toes almost curling a little bit.
From your experiences, can this be heatmolded out even with a footbed in or should I send em back and get a 28.5 even though it might be a tad big?