I have been meaning to post about this issue, but I have been in denial.
SITUATION: After getting bit by the ski bug this past season, I decided to buy my own equipment. The first priority being boots. Toward the end of the season I had a proper boot-fitting at a well regarded ski shop in Tahoe (Start Haus). My experience was great and the boots fit perfectly at the time. My feet are apparently extremely low volume, and so I was put into the Lange RS 110 LC. I am an improving intermediate.
I ended up getting custom footbeds, a punch in one boot to make room for a protruding bone, and canting adjustment on both boots. Apparently my right leg was 3.5 degrees "off." I went for the whole shebang, because I was out there for vacation and figured I should take care of all my potential boot issues up front. I don't live in a place where I can easily access reliable ski services.
As you can imagine, all of this individualized work costs $$$$.
The boots were great, but after about my 4th day on them, I noticed a little slipping on the inside. This happened when I did a little jump and landed on my tips. The dramatically awkward landing jolted my feet forward inside my boots. I ignored this, thinking it was a result of the awkward action I had taken.
However the issue became more pronounced the more I wore the boots. I am definitely sliding from back to front inside my boots. I wore the new boots maybe 8 times and by the end, I was seriously worried that I had just thrown a bunch of money down the drain. I had spent all that time and money with a professional boot fitter. How could this be?
IN an effort to remedy the issue, I even tried adjusting the buckle settings on the top two buckles, so that their grip around my calves would be tighter. This did nothing.
Something that did help was wearing 2 pairs of socks to ensure that my feet would not slide around. I know this is not recommended and do not want it to be the permanent "fix."
Another thing to factor in was the type snow and skis I was on at the end of the season - It was mostly heavy slop/crud on the melting slopes of Vermont in April-May. By this time, I purchased my own skis - Head Super Joys - which I realize are the worst types of skis for these slushy snow conditions. Several times, my skis would get stick in piles of sludge, almost launching me out of my boots!...I know that some of this can be attributed to my lack of technique. It's the boots that worried me. There were a couple times, where I felt like I might slide out of my boot. So there was movement not only from front to back, but now up and down...
QUESTION: Is there any way I can salvage these boots? Does the movement inside my boots just a sign of my poor skiing techniques? I spent so much money on them with the "best-of-the-best" boot fitters. I have a hard time believing that they simply gave me a boot too large. They measured my feet in so many different ways, I did a shell fit, etc...
I plan on bringing these boots to the same shop to see what remedies they offer. I am hoping there is a simple buckle combo I am missing.
If the only solution is to get another boot, I am hoping the Start Haus will give me big price cuts, as I did spend quite a lot on these boots.
Does anyone else have an experience with boots not fitting even after working with a top boot fitter? Were you able to exchange or pay less for a new pair?
Any advice is much appreciated,