HI Lou,no i'm not thinking about it i've done it more than once. Most are looking for one pair of boots and to get the best fit they can, for those who are doing this I say great go and find a "good" boot fitter. I am trying to learn as much as I can and to find from the minefield out there what makes logical sense to me and what works for me. A journey if you will.
I have seen been "fitted" many times and gone through a lot as others have experienced from the French shop on my first ever trip putting me into Salomon SX80 ??? whatever they were too sizes too big.
When I started to look at boots again about three years ago now my main concern was to get a cabrio boot so I could simply get a damaged ankle into the boot. I read a lot of reviews and found after a lot of traveling and searching and trying one pair size 24 the smallest they make.
Shell fit on the Kryptons shell fit is approx 15mm.
First trip irrelevant as I was carrying a bad injury.
Second trip this time with zip fit grand prix I was given a one to one coaching session from an instructor who coaches the local racers. To my surprise she said I am a good skier who should be looking into a race boot and even perhaps with a leather liner.
Note I did not ask her about boots or equipment at all. As I hope to go and stay with a friend in Austria and ski as much as possible this next season and wishing to learn more and improve my technique further, I have taken her advise to heart.
I visited not CEM but another store also a 4hour round trip on several occasions to try and retry. A lady whom I would trust said that yes I am a 24 and the two models she would look to put me into were the Redster PRO or WC and although I am small she thought I flexed the 130 no problems. The other boot recommended was the Raptor.
The Raptor seemed to be the best match of shape to my foot of any boot I have tried on and I bought the B3 RD in 24, however being a conservative sort and not a racer I subsequently swapped this out for the RS 130.
Shell fit on the RS 12.5 mm, however like the fit around the heel and ankles is looser than I would like. An option is to fit a zip fit.
I like the stance and ramp okay but am not happy with the foot bed or base situation so am playing around with a lot of options I have while trying to conclude about the function of the foot in skiing.
There seems to be a lot of diverse opinion should the foot bed totaly stabilise or allow pronation ? fully support the arch ? and the alignment of the foot in general, this I am still thinking on. I know some of the things I am looking for myself.
Pronation to allow balance on one leg but not sure is this ought to be free full range or limited and I am aware of the issues pronation can cause with pressure points within a boot.
Full support of the arch or not ? well I also know that I wish to be able to freely transfer pressure along my foot from heel to ball and have no undue pressure under my arch, this for me seems critical, and it is possible that the shape of the Head base board is as much as my foot currently allows.
I like that the Atomic has a flat base board or almost so. I have bought from abroad the Redster PRO and played with this for a time including the heat moulding thing which I believe was a mistake on my part as it loosened the rear and no I did not push my heel around it was toes up and sit the heel back and keep still.
I recently asked about whether the WC had a lower height over the instep and being assured it did have bought a pair from abroad, total cost of the two Redsters for my learning playing and experimentation is less than the current sale price of one pair.
In doing all this I have wasted no good fitters time as the only places ive spent time with ive bought boots from at full retail and had no work done by either of them.
I have and can find the process extremely stressful which is not conducive to my making of good sound decisions and this year with a past I have spend a small fortune much of it wasted due to poor advise.
I suspect I ought to have stayed with the B3 RD my bad my loss, I will have owned and tried all permutations I can come up with on all three of the boots recommended to me by a good fitter, and have spent a long time playing fiddling learning experimenting.
I have been fitted by CEM and found him to be focused, and with an absolute determination to get her done and done successfully, and I may end up at his door, but I have no wish to take a lot of his time up without being pretty sure within my own mind exactly what I am aiming for and why, clarity if you like. He is a professional as I am and for me it is best if the client can be clear and focused, I hope this makes sense to you professional boot fitters out there.
Some of this is I am still in the throws of learning for myself what ramp and cuff lean I feel work best for me and I do not know my skis delta and cant find out nor work it out as the skis are abroad, so I would like some options and am very focused to get this part right for me to be happy and perform my best.
I have asked about shell sizes as I am on the cusp that I either need to go race boot to get a snug back end or perhaps in a Lange with its longer length to go down one shell size into a 23 which is not common, i'm short so considering seeing if I can try on a RS 120 SC, but unsure for several reasons. Might be too soft ive found I prefer a stiffer boot. The ramp is 4 deg might be more than I like and yes the Atomic seems to be the same, and perhaps the cuff is a little upright for me.
Even changing liners makes enough lean change to be noticeable to me so again I would like to spend however many hours I need to be a better prepared client first if indeed help is necassary
Any constructive thoughts to help guide me through the process I would appreciate, after all there even seems to be a lot of diverse opinion about how to ski or how we should learn, and such as the Kryptons being a rotary boot etc