So ... an update on my Zipfit saga. By the end of last season, I was skiing in all sorts of strange liner/boot combinations in attempts to alleviate the pain I was having in my left foot. Basically, I was a 25.5 foot in a 24.5 shell with a 23.5 liner, and it wasn't working.
Over summer, the irritation subsided, and when I started up skiing again (ok, tbh I never really stopped, but I used my AT boots during summer), I didn't even try the Zipfits. I had some old Intuitions reheated and worked on, but there still was not enough toe room; then I put some extra padding on a pair of race liners I had sitting around, and that worked for a while, but I still spent all day buckling and unbuckling and adjusting and fiddling and rarely getting everything just right. I went to Precision in Frisco to see if they could order some 24.5 Zipfits, and their rep was all out (and said the factory was too). So I kind of stopped thinking about it.
Then I was in Jackson Hole last week, and was browsing around JH Sports at the base, and noticed, hmmm, they are carrying Zipfits. I checked and they had 24.5s in stock, so I made an appointment with @Skiing-in-Jackson and returned to try them on.
We went with the Gara SE, I believe, and he heated and squeezed and smushed stuff around, got my footbeds all set up, and I walked around and tried to get things all conformed. Was having quite a bit of pressure on the instep, so he ground down the zeppas just a touch, and sent me out skiing.
I have been out three days (although not bell-to-bell days), and the instep pressure is the only thing that I feel. Just a bit, and it is getting better each time. I still can't quite buckle that buckle, which isn't a big deal except that my socks got wet yesterday. There is no more pain from the footbed, because, well, I guess this liner actually fits me. :-)
And I love them. I definitely was trying to force the issue with the others last year ... they just didn't fit. I'm not sure that's why they sold that size to me, but I trusted what they put on my foot, and now I know better. (Luckily I think I found someone who can use my old ones, so I don't feel like it's such a stupid mistake.) But they ski great; I don't have to futz with anything all day. And I was getting quite the pump bump on my left heel, which hasn't been irritated at all since I got into the Zipfits, so that's good, too. I also feel like the cuff/tongue is a little higher on this one than on my Granprix? Haven't checked yet, but that's my sense.