At 6' and 185 lbs I love my Salomon X3 120 CS boots, that were properly fitted two years ago. Until last year, skiing was almost exclusively on-piste in Europe. But now, I am hikinng more and more to where the powder is. So I'm looking for a boot that gives me the secure and precise feel of the X3 (and that also accommodates my skinny, longish legs), but that has a proper hike mode and a bit more grip on rocks.
I've narrowed my search down to 3 possible boots that I will try to find and fit properly, but I have some questions beforehand.
The boots I am considering are:
Salomon Quest Max 110
Lange XT 100 or 120 (regular or Low Volume, since my feet measure 99 mm and 103 mm in width)
Fischer Ranger 12
One general question first: does hike mode make as much difference as I hope it does? If not, than I all ese is quite irrelevant.
Some questions about the boots above:
1. The Salomon only has 3 buckels: will this reduce my sense of control and stability?
2. The Langes are not really custom shell-able (the others are). Given my different feet widths, will this pose a problem, bootfitting-wise?
3. The Fischers have a stated with of 101 mm. Since they are Vacuum-fit and customizalble, will a decent bootfitter be able to get them to fit my 99 mm wide right foot?
Thanks in advance.