*I'm not looking to replace a proper boot fitting with an expert - I'm looking for help in where to start that process - what brands/boots might be a good fit for me so I can find a fitter than carries the brand*
After 5 years of fighting a far too big boot, I'm looking to completely change my setup and do it *right* with a good boot fitter. I'm a tall, lanky guy with a very low arch and instep. I'm currently in a 30.5 Rossi B-squad, but it's way, way too big and I have way too many bandaids in my setup. I'm comfortable in a 29.5, but think that a 28.5 is better for me, possibly with a small toe punch.
My problem is with volume. Even in a Redster Pro, I'm on the last tooth of the buckles in both the feet and the ankle to get the boot tight. So when I crank a boot down to get tight around my ankle and instep, I get weird pressure spots from the buckles. But where I run into problems is that my foot width is probably closer to 100mm than it is 98 or 95mm. I could possibly make a Redster work with a lot of punching and grinding; however, it's really too narrow for me I think.
I obviously could add 5-7mm of material below the liner to lift my foot up; however, that creates problems for me with parts of my foot higher than where they should be, and I don't want to be an extra 5+mm above the ski.
Is there a good trick to add volume above the foot? Perhaps 1-2 layers of that volume adding foam either on top of my liner or on the shell could give me the volume I need to not have to crank the shell all the way down and deform it? Are there any intuition liners that have more volume on top of the foot?
Are there any boots out there that are low instep but not aggressively low volume? Would a vacuum fit boot like the Fischer's help in my situation? I was originally looking at a resort oriented AT boot that I could use with tech bindings like the Waymaker Carbons or the K2 Pinnacles, but am now thinking that I may instead avoid the walk/ride compromise and get something like a MTN Lab if/when I get more into touring.
What about an Atomic Burner or Tracker? I know it's discontinued, but I think it might be a good fit for me and there are new ones in my size on ebay. Or a Quest Max 130? A Lange XT LV? I read somewhere that Full Tilts are wider but low volume - should I look into those?
- early 30s
- 6'3" and 190lbs
- small calves/ankles
- very, very flat feet
- very, very low instep
- no 6th toe issues
- 98-100mm last
- I overpronate badly and actually stress fractured both upper metatarsals in high school
- three knee surgeries on my right knee
- very fit - I trail run about 15 miles a week
About my skiing:
- strong/expert skier, but not aggressive charger anymore
- mostly ski off piste
- comfortable in all conditions and steeps, comfortable with 6-8' drops
- don't ride switch
- ~10-12 days a year of resort skiing, mostly chasing powder
- A little bit of hiking to terrain but no sidecountry trips.
- All West Coast skiing
- one or two heli / cat trips a year
- one Chamonix trip a year