Looking for a good bootfitter out on the Island in NY? Hopeful for Suffolk County.
So I went to various local shops and discuss options with the "bootfitters", of which I'm convinced are significantly less qualified than people on this site, however still seemingly knowledgeable. It also gave me a chance to form some of my own opinions given I haven't gone through the process as extensively as this before.
I was hoping to get some feedback to make sure I am going down the correct path. I will not be able to get to a listed bootfitter here, so anything to help from a guidance perspective is most appreciated. And I know, and get it, I be best suited to go find someone listed here, it just isn't going to happen so hopefully we can get past that.
I'm on the large size, 30.5, and from a last width perspective immediately ruled out anything less than 103mm. The pressure on the top and sides of my foot was too much. I went through Lange, Tecnica, Atomic, Dalbello, tried Salamons-way too narrow.
I was between the Tecnica Phoenix 14 and the Dalbello Boss. The Phx seemed to have more width and comfort in the front and sides, however I started to feel pressure points on the side and inner ankle bone areas. The Boss felt unreal all the way around, and I left it on for over 20 mins. The only issue was my right foot is slightly larger and had a significant amount of pressure in the toes, much more than I'd expect even with a "tight" fit. We try the typical stuff, insoles, raising the heel, etc. The fit just wasn't there.
I mentioned it numerous times, but the "fitter" seemed reluctant to do any work on the boot. He said if you think this feels the best you should take it home, try breaking it it, he recommended skiing on it with the hopes the liner will break-in. My concern is there is significant amount of pressure and close to pain on the right foot. The left, I have to add, feels like I have a slipper on. I was under the impression that at least molding the liners would take place, but they really didn't want to do anything yet.
I just would like to know, is this typical, to take a staged approach? They have 100% guarantee, even stated they will work the boot when I bring it back, but just want to make sure they do not do anything that may be irreversible before I break it in. The guarantee is lifetime, and within a year will take me back to the wall and let me go to any boot there if the one I have isn't working for me.
I'm hesitant to "waste" one of my trips, trying to break this boot in, if it feels like there should be at least a little more room so that there is no legitimate pain. However, I'd like to hear from the "pros", or at least an opinion. Thanks in advance, and please, I get it, I know the standard line of go see someone on the list. I can't, so anything I can get without the reprimand would be much appreciated and helpful, even if it is just some overall thoughts.
They should at least try flashing the liner with a heat gun to help it mold to the larger foot. Giving you the hope that when you get them home they will settle in. They could drop the boot board, they could remove the black bottom layer of the liner. Good luck...