I bought a new pair of AT boots with tech fittings. They are Garmont Shogun. Because they are a discontinued model, returning them is not an option. The size appears to be right. My foot does not move front to back, or up. When I put my foot in the shell without the liner, there is about 1.7 cm of space, when my toes touch the shell. The fit is actually quite good, except for one issue. After a few minutes in the boots, bith pinky toes become painful. Not a sharp pain, but annoying enough to be noticeable. I had the thermoformable liners heated and molded to my feet, but without a toe cap. I used the boots this past weekend for a 2000 foot plus ascent and descent. The pinky toe discomfort was noticeable.
I have a fairly wide forefoot, and narrow heel. My middle toes are the longest, and the two small toes are fairly short. The part of my foot behind the toes is much wider.
An ankle pad was added by the fitter on the outside of the liner, to help keep my heel down, which is an issue that I have with all of my boots. I wonder if that ankle pad, which straddles my achilles tendon, might be pushing my foot forward, causing the toe discomfort.
What should I do? Have the liners re-heated and fitted while wearing a toe cap? or get the boot punched in the small toe area?