I've had a tough time with my boots lately. They are Atomic B-Tech 80's. When I first got fitted for them about 5 years ago, they were the only boots in the particular shop that I was in that would fit my wide feet and high instep. I measured 26.5 (maybe a smidgen above) on the scale. I wear size 10 shoes. At the time, I was worried as the toes felt overly snug. They insisted I would be OK, and that they could always make more room. When I step into the shell with my toe touching the front, there's not much room at the heel - not nearly enough to slide a finger through. Which I believe is what it's supposed to be? But I'm not sure if it's the liner or shell that is causing this pain?
Well, 2 trips to them to make more room, a session with Green Mountain Orthotics with a custom footbed and heel lifts, and I'm still suffering. My big toes are constantly in pain/discomfort, whether going down the slopes or even just sitting around. Even when I put a lot of lean and pressure on balls of feet forward, it still isn't comfortable. I also have a lot of pressure on my left inner ankle from the boots. All of these contributed not only foot and ankle pain, but calf pain all the way up my leg. I could barely finish a blue run and just a few years back was doing black diamonds in Colorado and Utah on my worn out old boots.
This has caused a lot of wasted ski days as I've tried to remedy this. I'm at the point where I'm ready to give up. For 3 years I just plain gave up on skiing because of the frustration from this and money spent. I started to wonder if the leg cramps were just me and not the boots.
2 weeks ago I decided to try and rent boots. I got some that were probably way too big on me. I think they were 28.5's. Yeah, they weren't great and I probably gave up a decent amount of control - but guess what? Zero pain. I did a dozen runs, at night, with ice, and before I could barely get down one run.
After giving my current boots to the shop I bought them from (which I'll never return to at this point), I tried again today and couldn't get down one run. I took the lift, the custom footbeds off to see if it would give me any extra room I needed. Nothing worked.
I went to another shop after this that let me try on several boots. I actually tried on some 27.5 boots, which were not causing me any toe pain like my current boots and felt good. I tried a Dalbello, but it killed my instep and I was in pretty bad pain and had to take the boot off. Tried the really big Tecnica Ten.2 120 H.V.L. It felt good, but I almost wondered if there was TOO much room. Finally, I really, really liked the feel of the Head AdaptEdge 100 boots at 27.5. I felt like it fit like a glove. No pain at all. No uncomfortable toe pressure or bending.
I am here as a gut check on my old boots. Are they a lost cause after all this work? Is it time to drop another $450 so I can actually start skiing well again? Am I safe to go with a 27.5 if it works for my feet?