A question for any bootfitters with any experience with the X-max 120...
A few things first.... I am a type III skier, athletic style... 36 years old at 6 ft. 1 in, and 190 lbs. I wear a size 10 US shoe... and when I measure myself using Mondo measurments... I'm somewhere around 27.5. My last two bootfitters told me I had a medium to wide foot. I have a medium to high instep. I ski Head iTitans in 177 (they are a rocketship)
Anyway... last year, after reading so much about the wonders of downsizing... I bought an Atomic Hawx 120 in 26.5 (or 26, since I understand there in no difference once you put in a custom footbed. After about 4 skiing days of agony, I felt awesome control, until my feet eventually fell asleep every time I skied.
So on a vacation to the Alps (I am from Michigan, but living in Europe for a few years)... I got tired of having my feet asleep, went to the local mountain story/bootfitter, and bought some new boots. They told me I was a solid 27.5 after a few measurements and examining my foot (but no shell test)
I bought the Sollie X-Max 120 in 27/27.5 with a new custom footbed. I really like the boot after skiing on it for 2 days... and I feel like I have good ski control (but not as good yet as with the smaller Atomics). Anyway, I have been reading about these boots since I bought them... and everyone says to buy smaller than your Mondo... but I tried this and didn't want to do it again. Considering the "Comfyness" of these boots after 2 days though... I'm wondering if I should have???? Ok, two questions.
1) Do these boots really run that big?
2) How much should I rely on the shell fitting procedure, and if it is really important, how much room behind my heel is too much in these boots for a long term performance fit.
Thanks very much for any insight.... Aric