Hi all, I'm a newbie here so please be gentle :)
I'm looking to buy my first pair of ski boots on a very tight budget (200 pounds absolute maximum, closer to 150 would be nice) which is why I'm looking now as stuff is on clearance.
I guess I'm an intermediate-advanced skier, I'm comfortable on most black runs but I know my technique is better on reds and I wouldn't deliberately seek out difficult black runs on a day where I'm feeling tired or the conditions are bad. I have been skiing since very young but unfortunately not very much each year (if that makes sense?). I weigh around 135 lbs and am 170cm tall (5 foot 7) if that is of any relevance.
I have narrowed down my choice to 2 boots (although open to suggestions): http://www.snowandrock.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=FIS0205KK and http://www.decathlon.co.uk/cochise-100-14-ski-boots-id_8317753.html#anchor_ComponentProductAdvantages
I haven't actually tried the fischer pair, although I did try a similar fischer pair that I liked very much (but couldn't afford) in resort. Only slight niggle with the other fisher pair was the the instep height was maybe a little low. I will of course try them in the shop, but I wont be able to try side by side with tecnica pair as are from different shops. The only thing that concerns me is that it's only an 80 flex, which seems a little low.
The tecnica pair I have tried 2 days ago, and are currently held for me. I found them an excellent fit, which surprised me very much as they are only 100mm last and I have relatively wide feet (bunions). The reason I didn't buy them immediately was that I was worried that after a few hours the narrow last would become painful- after 20 minutes I did feel some pressure on the little toe of my widest foot, but no discomfort, and also decathlon can only do heat moulding of the liner in the shop, if I wanted the shell blown out (over the little toe) I have to take them elsewhere and pay 20-50 quid extra.
Despite my bunions (which I have had since birth/early childhood- I am 19 btw) I have relatively uncomplaining feet and I can't remember the last time I was in pain from rental boots. It's usually the other way around- I end in boots too big/wide and my ankle isn't held firmly enough (but my bunions are fine!)
I want to buy boots that will give me more support so I can ski better, but I'm concerned that it might come at the cost of sore feet down the line.