Hi everyone, just to say this forum is an excellent resource, although its my first post I've used for some time.
I'm going to purchase the Salomon Xmax boot and my decision is around the 120 vs 130 and also fit.
Stiffness aside (i'm 6 foot, ski very hard on piste so happy with 130) my trouble has been around the removable toe / heel plates. I'm very precious of my boots and want them to last so I wanted to know my options (in Europe for the season) for the 130. Salomon list in the technical spec 'flat base for FIS lifter' I wanted to know what that was and what it does! Can I put something replaceable on the bottom without grinding the tow / heal connections to DIN standard? Also I heard of clip on items you can use to protect your heels but never seen them in Europe - any brand names?
Lastly i'm just between a 27.5 & 28 - 27.5 is my 'normal' fit. So with advice on sizing down i'm thinking of the 27 - or should I be looking at the 26.5 as that's the next shell size down (following advice that its better to start small and custom up)
In terms of history, I have a pretty normal foot, never had footbeds or any customisation in the past - used the Rossignol Course EX boots for 10 years then the technica diablo - but found the latter to wear very quickly hence concern about getting this right. I do now have molded custom in soles (as I was trying to 'fix' the Diablo)
My issue is , I've not found a store with the 26/26.5 shell in stock to do a test yet
I will do a shell test with the 27.5 and report back on the gaps also.
So questions are -
1. 120 vs 130 - any feedback / concerns
2. 130 anything I can do to protect the heel plate if I go with it
3. Fit - is going from 27.75! to a 27 enough or should I be thinking 26.5
4. Lastly I don't know of a specialist boot doc near to me, the guys in store are trained with the Salomon heating process etc but they are normal Ski Techs i'm not 100% of any other customisation etc.
Thanks very much, apologies for the long post.