A bit of update.
After trying two salomons at once I notice, as stated on another thread, that these boots are cuff canted out and it's not clear that adjustment is possible. This puts me signficantly on the inside edges in a natural stance, enough I think it matters. So bummer.
I tried a few other boots.
-Dobermann edt 130 fits very well but I feel like my shin is resting on a steel bar when I flex. Shin pressure is too low and or not distributed well. Also its a 130 but to me it feels soft compared to many boots.
-Nordica Speedmachine 110, lots of heel lift with #2 buckle on tightest setting. Perfectly canted for me. Maybe I should have tried to downsize it.
-Rossignol alltrack 110 (more expensive). In the 270 with #2 buckle fully tight, the heel was just secure. Otherwise the boot felt great. More than enough toe space. Great springy flex and glovish feel almost like the Salomon. I could get almost 3 fingers (back to back, not side to side, not sure the right way) between heel and shell.
-I tried the Rossignol downsized to 265 and the toes were snug, even touching slightly when flexed, but not curled even when standing. #2 buckle now half tight which seems better starting out, but some significant hot spot on the inside of arch and outside of foot toward front. I worry about getting crampy foot feeling when really using it, but maybe punching it out is better than going big.
-I briefly tried a Redster and might give a second look.
Options presently seem to be
a) Go up to 130 on Salomon which has a solid sole and grind the plates (probably money)
b) Use a speedmachine and fill it up with a bunch of inserts and padding
c) Go with Rossignol but which size?
d) Keep searching, maybe try the atomic again.
Nobody can see my foot but any basic thoughts on which things sound more promissing here. I'm running out boots to try so I think I'm narrowing down the options. I left out terrible ones.
Thanks for any advice.