My feet are really a big issue for me. I've been to two boot fitters and they've been less than completely successful. I have zero arch and my last is 120mm+. There is also a wide meaty portion sticking out on the side that always strains and leads to excruciating pain as the boot pushes in on it, especially in variable bumpy terrain. And my toes form something of a block - they have very little taper from the big toe to the little toe, which means in traditional boots the little toes are always squished and lose feeling.
- First was Helm of Sun Valley in San Carlos, CA. Not a good fit but to be fair the entry level boot was of poor quality to begin with.
- I got turned away at Start Haus in Lake Tahoe. They looked at my feet and said they didn't have anything for me. I told the guy that I heard from EpicSki that they successfully fitted someone with like a 130mm last and he simply told me that that process took weeks and was a special case.
- Cosmo's Footwerks in Lake Tahoe did a good job, but there are still some nagging issues.
I think I'm finally ready to drive to Salt Lake City and get a Dale Boot.
I want a do-everything boot, if possible.
- "Walk Mode" for hiking around AT-style in comfort.
- replaceable soles so I can put some Vibram-like soles for AT traction
- very light weight
- compatible with traditional downhill bindings