I have a pair of Dalbello Krypton Rampage boots I bought last year towards the end of the season and got about 6 days on. This year I'm on day 9 or 10 and dealing extreme numbness and big toe pain (toe bang, I guess they call it).
Originally the boots fit really comfortably and were a huge improvement for the big-box store boots I had before. I went back to the boot fitter once and he loosened the liner at the top of the foot on both boots because there was a lot of pressure there. I couldn't get the middle clamp down tight to secure my ankle and had a little bit of toe bang. The remaining 2 or 3 days last season were fine, but that was spring skiing and the weather was warm.
This season I starting getting very, very numb toes (to the point I was worried about frostbite) and he put me in some better insoles that supported my heals better, allowing me to loosen the middle buckle a little bit. He was concerned I was cutting off circulation to my toes. I loosened the buckle a little bit, but still had the numbness, and now have black and painful big toe nails on both feet. I'm kind of at a loss what to do next - I can barely walk, and feel like I wasted several hundred dollars on new boots. The boot fitter is from a well-respected ski shop, so maybe I'm just a special case.
Some thoughts on where to go next:
1. Keep that middle buckle tight and go the toe warmer or hotronic route. I'm not sure this will do much good if the problem is circulation, but worth a shot.
2. New boot liners - my wife likes her Intuition liners. The Dalbello liners were never heat-molded to my foot, the boot fitter said that riding in them 3-4 times did the same thing and provided a better fit. I'm now second guessing that logic.
3. New boots altogether - I really, really want to avoid this.
Any suggestions on what to do next?