I recently travelled to Maine for a fitting and ended up with Lange RS 130 size 27.5. The fitter has a great reputation and I am very pleased with the result (very tight fit - which I wanted so that they will be good once packed out).
I am planning to do a little boot packing/skinning this year, which will be mainly at resorts (Sugarloaf has a lot of wind holds), and had been planning to also get a pair of boots with a walk mode. I wanted ones that are good on the downhill, so that if I'm travelling without my kids and may do a bit of hiking or skinning, this is the only boot I'd bring. I have the chance to get a pair of Lange XT 130's (not the LV model) from a fellow racer parent in another province for a very good price. Only thing is they are size 26.5 and I can't try them first (no local shops carry them as well).
Do you think that size would work for me given the extra width? I thought I had read somewhere that in the same last and size, the XT was a little more generous in volume than the RS. Without footbeds my feet are (as of this morning) 279 and 283mm. I'd say I have not quite 15mm behind my heel in the shell of the 27.5 RS.
I'm not in a rush to find the second boots, but if it seems that this would work, I'd like to not miss the opportunity.
Thank you for any advice