Hey guys, I have a few boot fit questions tonight. my questions mainly center around resolving some hot spots i am getting in my boots as well as boot flex and boot fit around the shin/calf.
little back ground about me as a skiier, I am 5'11 and approximately 150. I am a ski patrol out here in NH, I started out on my snowboard but quickly picked up skiing about halfway thru the season(I have an extensive history as a hockey player) and now primarily patrol on skis. I feel comfortable on all runs, even tho my powder(not many powder days out here unfortunately) and bumps skiing still needs some work imo. I tend to consider myself a fairly aggressive skier and like to go fast but I do not have a ski racing background.
I am currently in 26.5 tecnica cochise 90's that I got the end of last season.
I know that my feet pronate so I have blue superfeet with an additional medial heel lift in the boots. I also know that my medial malleoli(inner ankle bones) protrude pretty far which cause hot spots on both feet. These hotspots are generally ok for the first 4ish hours as long as i dont use the walk mode the rest of my 9-14 hour shifts can be pretty miserable if i dont take the boots of for a few minutes every now and then. I generally keep my power strap and top buckle loose when i am kicking around patrol or on the snowmobile. I have had both boots punched out twice by my local shop with masterU bootfitters. This fixed my issue for a brief time however i was on my board for a week and the issues with the hot spots came back with a vengeance. after 3 days they seemed to be feeling better like the liner wore in again but I am still dealing with pain in the boots. I have ordered some smartwool ski specific socks to try out in hopes of helping my pain, but I am really looking for any other suggestions you guys may have.
I am considering entering the market for new boots at the end of this season as I feel the 90 flex is now too soft for me but I am unsure how exactly to tell if I am ready for a 110 or 120?
and finally, is it normal to have probably 1/4-1/2" of room between my shin and the tongue of my boot liner when I have my boot buckled and the powerstrap as tight as it can go? I ask this because when I am skiing thru crud or deeper snow one of my skis/boots feels like it rotates inwards while my foot feels like it is remaining straight. this generally doesnt cause an issue but I feel that as I continue to tackle bigger terrain(hopefully some back country at some point) that it could cause a problem.
Sorry for the length post and thank you in advance.