I recently bought a brand new pair of Atomic M-tech 110s, and have been wearing them around the house for some time. I deliberately wear them just a tad too tight around the house to try and bed them in a bit quicker, and as such was not bothered by the fact they were reasonably uncomfortable. However, after taking them up my local (indoor -.-) hill, even at the correct settings recommended by the fitter they really, really hurt. After two runs. Like, a lot (don't look at me like I'm a wimp, you'll make me cry again!). They are the stock liners that came with the boots, and the bootfitter advised me that for one week a year or so having a custom liner would be uneconomical, though he did give me a custom orthotic footbed.
In short I am really happy with the boot shell, the flex feels right and it performs well, but the stock liner seems to be made of concrete or something. I understand it is supposed to be too tight at first and somewhat rigid, but it wont even compress when I take it out the boot and squeeze it with my hand, it's solid beyond a few mm of compression. This wouldn't be a major problem if I hand normalish feet, but mine are very wide with a pronounced joint at the side of my outer toes which hurts after skiing in the boots.
The fitter was a dedicated bootfitter, not a shop clerk, who specialized in ski boots and had all sorts of shiny looking machines and certificates on the wall, when trying on the shell he claimed it was a "near perfect fit", and I don't wish to replace the shell or the orthotic. What can I do to replace the liner?
I am going to Tignes soon, and if the boots are uncomfortable after half a days skiing or so (by then I will have worn them a lot more and been to the local snowdome again for a few more hours actual skiing in them) I was planning on going to Surefoot in Val D'Isere to have a liner fitted there, but ideally I would like to haave it sorted before I go away, for obvious reasons (and more economically than Surefoot, I hear they're good but have seen their prices). Also, all of Surefoot's fittings are by appointment and organizing such an appointment would be a pain in the arse given that I don't definately know I need one and would only be in the country for a week.
I am an advanced (ish) aggressive skiier who can carve well on most all groomers and likes off-piste, but the park is not for me.
Also, about the one-week-a-year thing, for the next two seasons at least (thanks to an awkwardly placed birthday) I will be skiing with my family and they like the holiday aspect over the skiing aspect. Personally I would go three times a year for the same money, maybe more without a summer holiday, but alas I do not control the purse strings. I would like to do at least one season at some point as well, potentially in these boots!