So I had my first day out yesterday on the new Dalbello Boss ID's. Conditions were certainly less than perfect - particularly by Utah standards, but there was enough white to cover most of the sharp pokey objects on the trail. Off piste was not happening at all - just not enough coverage. Generally it was dust on corduroy, with a little bit of crud/mashed potatoes/dust on the sides in spots. Cold. Probably somewhere in the 10-15 degree range most of the day. I was on my new Prophet 100's, which for their own part, skied like a dream.
The fit has had me a bit concerned from the start of course, as I have never experienced such a tight feel in a boot before. It is certainly tight. On both feet, the toes went numb almost immediately - probably within 2-5 minutes or so. And although I didn't feel any pressure point 'hot-spots' per se, my left inner ankle was extremely sore by mid day. It felt even worse on the chair with the weight of the ski hanging on the boot (I almost never use the bar...perhaps I should). By the end of the day, I'd call the left ankle about a half step below excruciating.
I thought that there might have been a small chance the toes started to feel a tiny bit less numb towards the last few runs - but everything else was so uncomfortable at that point I could easily have simply shifted my concentration on to something more painful like the ankles. At no point did my feet ever feel cold - although I did stop four or five times during the day and had to pull my feet out to let feeling back into my toes for 15-20 minutes or so. My toes were cool to the touch, but not cold. I had the top and mid (ankle) buckles on the first (longest possible) catch and the micro adjusted all the way out as well. I couldn't buckle the insteps at all without even greater discomfort and numbness.
Still, they're cool, and see-through, and orange, and they say BO$$ with dollar signs! I love these things! I'm not giving up yet, and I'm sure that if they make my feet fall off, that eventually they'll grow back and I can start over again. hehehe Either way, I'm gonna head up to Park City Ski Boot & Pedorthic one of these days soon and try to get things smoothed out a bit further. But I'm wondering if this is normal on a first day - even when you're up and moving down the mountain?
As another interesting aside, I felt much more comfortable and stable on my left turns than my right. If memory serves, I do believe my left leg is very slightly shorter than my right. Could this lead to a left turn preference with a slightly shorter uphill leg? I don't recall this feeling that pronounced in the past - but perhaps that was due to the far more relaxed fit in previous boots? I would think that this might lead to a slight left lean, but I'm not a foot guy.
Any thoughts? :) And thanks in advance again for the knowledge!