I have a pair of size 25 Salomon X3 130 that have a snug fit with shell fit of about a finger width behind the heel with my toes touching the front of the boot, and I have a little side-to-side wiggle on the front of the foot with heel touching the back of the boot. The original X3 liners are very packed out, but before this occurred, I loved the boots. Since I like the way the boot fits and skis, I bought a Conformable lace-up liner (with tongue) hoping to give the boots a new life. The liner was formed at a shop by a boot-fitter using the usual methods for fitting, but it seemed to me that the liner was way too thick. The boot-fitter had to stuff the liner in with a screw driver where the front of the boot closes over the arch. The boot-fitter assured me that the liner was correct despite the large volume in relation to the already tight (as in good) fit of the boot.
I’ve used the boots with the new liner for several days hoping that things would pack out a bit, but each time I use them, things seems worse. When I buckle the boots, the top of the boots over the arch (second buckle from the bottom) close but with little room to spare (some of the black weather stripping still sticks out). My toes push against the front of the liner, which has not caused problems yet, but I do feel some discomfort when I get in the occasional “back seat” and push my foot forward – this was not the case before. I also have some discomfort on the top of my foot over the arch that was not there before. In addition, I’m getting discomfort under my arch with a feeling that the sides of my feet are being pushed inward from both sides (not enough room on the sides) with cramping when I’m not skiing (I use the same footbed as before). I’m starting to think that the liner is just too thick despite what the boot-fitter said.
So my questions are:
- Should I give the liner some more time?
- Should I try a liner with less volume, such as an Intuition FX Race?
- Other options?