Hello - This is my first post here, so please bear with my rambling. I have been out of skiing for a while (raced a bit back in school) and am now getting back into it teaching my kids, so I do a lot of standing around on the hill with my skis off, and the old race boots were just killing me, so I went out and got a "touring" boot thinking I'd be able to walk up and down the bunny hill and never have to crouch down for the rope tow again. It's a comfortable boot for the most part - last seems perfect for my foot, but the big issue is that from the get go there was a pressure point on the inner ankle area of both feet. I cut a large pad of memory foam and stuffed it between the liner and the shell, running over the edges of the liner all the way from my ankle down to the metatarsal area and the sharp pressure vanished, the whole thing fit like a glove. So great, I take them out on the hill and my feet are freezing even though its not that cold, so I figure the memory foam is killing my circulation at the instep, so I do some tracing and cut it down to a crescent over the instep and ankle bone and with a little tape I give it a try. There is no pain now walking around, but when I ski it still hurts. The issue is when I exit a turn or attempt to initiate a pivot. Applying forward pressure on the ski feels great. It's a little weird.
Which brings up a minor issue that may or may not be related: the calf is really hard to connect the buckle, like it's too small for my leg or something. If I bear down on the power strap, I can get onto the first notch, and then once when I buckle it down, there is no pressure, my foot is fine, and it doesn't seem small at all. But it seems like maybe there is a problem with the buckle placement on the upper shell, which might be causing some free rotation and or lift in the ankle area as I ski. They are already on the mfg's "biggest" hole.
Now, one more thing is that I'm not using the laces in the liner. I took a good look at my ankle and there is a slight hematoma where the eyelet for the bottom lace would line up. And also I notice that the pressure point seems to correspond to the area where (i) the moldable liner meets up with (ii) the semi-rigid cuff sections and (iii) the edge of the tongue as it curves up the shin. I am fairly certainty that if the tongue just wrapped the side of my ankle about 1/2" more inside the eyelets and eyelet stitching, there would be no problem. Compared to the tongue on my old tecnica boots, this one is downright anemic looking.
Anyway, I'm mulling over whether to (a) buy a third party liner, (b) have the ankle area of the shell punched out or ground, (c) stuffing a strip of memory foam under my sock where my ankle lines up with the lace stitching / eyelets, (d) drilling out another hold for the cuff buckles so they join up more comfortable, and hope that might do something to solve the problem, and/or (e) using the laces to try to pull the tongue down so it protects my ankle from the hard stuff on the cuff area of the liner..
I am in Ohio, and don't know any boot fitters here. The ski areas around here are all little bumps and I'd wager they don't do much in the line of shell customizations. Hopefully some of you folks on the forum maybe have done work on this boot and recognize what I'm describing on the liner design. Advice on the best way to proceed, as well as recommendations for a "comfort" liner that will with this boot is appreciated. Thanks.