My daughter is in a Lange 110 RS in a size 25.5. She is a second year u14 racer. She is 5' 3" and around 140lb. She has been steadily improving in her technical ability and her coaches find her to be very coachable. Her gains in ability and in technique have not really been reflected in her results this past year,but things don't happen overnight and relative to her peers she spends considerably less time on snow as we are 3-4 hours from the resort in Tahoe. She is signed up for another year and she is looking forward to it. I just want to get her the most appropriate equipment for the upcoming season so she can enjoy her sport. In preparation for the upcoming season I did a shell size on her Lange to see if it was going to be too small for this coming season. I found that she had more than 18mm between her heel and the back of the shell. This surprised me as I thought she might be running out of room. At this point in her ski career I am interested in getting her a boot that is going to work really well for the upcoming season. If she outgrows it that's OK. Last year I moved to a better fitting and nominally stiffer boot and it really improved my skiing and racing. So if I can do that for my girl I'd love it.
So there is plenty of room at 18mm+ and perhaps too much room? What do the experts think? In theory, would she be a candidate for downsizing to a 24.5? She never had any problem crushing the 110 and she has added some muscle and weight and a little bit of height so I am thinking she might be ready for a full on plug boot like a Head B3, Lange JA or Atomic WC 130? I figure these could always be softened to a 120 or lower. I guess I am interested in those brands because I have the most familiarity with them. I figure these could always be softened to a 120 or lower.