Hello, and first off, THANKS in advance to all you boot-fitting experts out there for taking time to respond to the posts!
I'm an instructor looking for a better-fitting, performance-oriented boot (mostly for my free time and training outside of teaching). I've liked what I've heard about this years Head Raptors, and thinking of ordering a pair. My questions (and what I hope are useful comments) are as follows:
Current boot is a Salomon XPro 110 from last year, and 26.5 size, have custom footbeds and had them molded.
Actual foot size as measured from longest toe to base of heel (for both feet) is 27 centimeters.
Foot width from first to fifth metatarsal (widest point of foot) is 100 mm, both feet.
Salomon XPros were purchased mainly for comfort (in the ski yard all day teaching, etc.), - the heel fit was great, and although it took awhile to break them in, the length seemed on point. Pretty good fit, but noticed over the course of last season they got pretty loose, especially in regards to sidewalls of the boot - I'm really hoping to find a boot that responds faster for my own skiing and will be doing a lot of bumps and steeps this year on my own time.
Questions really have to do with what size to order (I will be ordering through PSIA pro site). I do have 30-day exchange return, however I wouldn't be able to have them customized or fit if I wanted to exchange. So need to take the best educated guess on what size might make sense to start with (there are no actual Head dealers in my area where I can try a pair on). This question comes down to going 265 or 270 - I know these boots are more race-oriented, and narrower fit, so perhaps 270 makes more sense, but again I was 26.5 in the Salomons.
Other than that one big question, also concerned with being able to get these fit - I'm close to Taos, so I'd likely take them to the Boot Doctors there, but they don't carry Head boots, so do I need a specific Head boot dealer to fit these?
Any other general comments or experience on what I might expect with these boots for performance, comfort, or just general tips to succeed with fitting are appreciated!