When I shell size this boot I have one finger of clearance. Walking around the house with the unbaked liner on the boot is pretty tight and uncomfortable at the big toe. Also tight at the usual spots including bunion, tailor's bunion, both sides of what I call the ankle bone and a few spots just below the ankle bone on the inside. I feel confident that these spots will be be fine after the shell and liner are baked with the "memory fit" process of heating the shells. I am happy to report that my heel spurs are not uncomfortable. The heel does not feel loose though and instep hold seems good. This all seems like a very good performance fit. My only concern is the big toes hitting the shell.
I'll be walking, boot packing and up skiing in these boots much more than I will be skiing downhill. What are your thoughts.? Will I have enough room in the toes after baking and proper boot fitting for walking and boot packing? If I'm gonna be out for a 7-9 hour tour I want to be comfortable.
Atomic makes a 30.5 and there is a store in another state that actually has it in stock.
Also since this is a boot with tech fittings, would a big toe punch possibly misalign the tech that are molded in the fittings?
Here are some more details on my foot and current boots. I generally wear a size 15 street shoe. My foot measures 29.5 or close to that mark in the instep and at the bunions. My foot measures just over 30.5 on a Brannock and this is mostly due my big toes. The other toes don't usually hit the shell like the big toe does. I am a D width.
My former touring boots were Garmont tele boots in 30.5. Sometimes the big toe was in contact with the shell on these boots but they were good enough for multi day tours.
My alpine boots are 2013 Atomic Redster 29.5 WC 160. These boots were a lot tighter out of the box especially in the heel. In the forefoot it's interesting to note that the overall fit is much the same between the Backland and the race boot. Yes the the race boot is a bit narrower at 95mm last(vs 98 for Backland) and this is noticeable. But the generous toe box and forefoot feel in both boots is great for me. It's not like my Lange RS 130 29.5 where I felt I was jamming my forefoot in to a vice for a medieval foot torture ski experience and no amount of bootfitting seemed to help.
Your thoughts on the sizing are greatly appreciated.