The boots are the same size and I used my custom footbeds. I went back to the shop and I could tell that my fitter hated the areas where I was having pain. His concern was that the boot may have too much volume in the to box (up and down, not width). I told him that I would go out for another day and try them, just to be sure. I also would completely unbuckle them this time on the chair ride up.
So day two. Unbuckling certainly settled the feet down so I could at least stay on the slopes a bit longer, but the pain while skiing was brutal. My arches seemed to not hurt as much, or it may just have been masked by the torture being felt on the entire outside of the boot. I found that after my sixth turn I was curling my toes under the ball to try to stabilize the forefoot. Skiing relaxed was fine but I couldnt lay the ski on edge to save my life.
After a half dozen runs, the pain did me in. I went back to the shop and asked for help. After some discussion, the fitter determined that there was just way to much room in there. The weird thing is that when we originally fitted the boot and heated the Intuition liner, I had to put on a toe cap to be certain that my toes would have a little wiggle room. When the liner was completed, things felt real snug.
I told the fitter, "well, let's take up that space". He made a funny face and said, "you need a different boot. I can pad it if you want, but that is just going to lead to more problems down the road."
After trying a bunch of boots, the Lang RX 130 was the best, although I still had room up and down in the toe box. Not nearly as bad as before, but enough to talk about. He pulled the liner out, had me step in the shell again, then came back with another Lang RX. This time it was a full size smaller. I was like come on dude, you guys already have me in a boot that is a full size smaller than my foot. He explained that he could get two fingers into the 27.5 and 1.5 fingers in the 26.5. He explained that for a truly snug fit, the 1.5 finger test is usually a very good indicator. So I tried it. Well, the fit was snug, real snug. But in a twisted sort of way I really liked it. My big toe was bumping up against the front more than before, which had me a bit concerned, but he assured my that once we got the fit right and the heel locked in, I would be fine. When I leaned forward just a bit, the pressure on the toe was pretty much gone.
SO now I am freaking out.............a 130 boot in a size 8ish shoe; and I'm a 10 that was skiing in 110 flex. Granted I would crush the 110 once in a while, usually on a very hard turn, warmer day or hitting a rut. He felt that I would benefit from the 130, because when he tested my ankle movement, I had quite a bit more motion than most. A stiffer boot supposedly would help limit some of that over flexing I sometimes encountered.
We also made a new footbed. When he looked at mine, there was quite a bit of space between the arch and the footbed (he noticed that one the day before). He explained that they use a slightly different method now; flexing the toes, thus raising the arch during molding to a more natural, non-collapsed position. It should reduce the displacement of my foot when I put pressure on it. My current footbeds are four years old, so my feet may have changed a bit as well.
I have yet to try the new setup because I had to leave and the poor guy needed some lunch. The footbed had to cool and needed trimming anyway. I will be back next week to test it all out.
So, am I on the right track, or in for more pain? :)
BTW, great shop with great people.
Edited by peterk123 - 11/12/12 at 5:25am