I am beginner when it comes to downhill skiing. I went to a professional ski shop, got my feet measured to 29.5 size and then an hour long boot fitting process started. I tried Lange, Tecnica and Salmon all of them at 100 stiffness.
Lange and Tecnica I could feel the front of the boot, with the Salmon boots I couldn't touch the front with my toes but it was otherwise more comfortable, plus I could do the heat molding on my feet. So I opted to pay more the Salmons. Was that a first beginners mistake?
Over 3 ski days I could feel my feet being a little bit more "loose". In addition to that I have read that my toes should absolutely touch the front of the boot which they don't. I am having pretty comfortable skiing in the boots, however, I am afraid that if the fit is not proper it will impede my progress.
1) What I did so far?
I went to a different ski shop just to have my feet measured and they also measured 29.5. The boots that I tried there I could feel the front of the boot with toes. They also explained to me shell fitting that there should only be up to 3/4 inch of space behind my heel. When I try to do the same shell fitting with my Salmon boots at home I measure about 1-1.2 inches behind my heel. What do you think?
2) What should I do?
I am beginner at downhill skiing so I don't know what to expect with new boots. Maybe my concerns are futile maybe they are not. I am planning on going to ski for another day. Is there anything I should pay attention to? How do I know if boots are slowing my progress?
Based on what I wrote here, should I visit the shop and return the boots? Or maybe try to exchange them for a size smaller?
Any input highly appreciated! Thanks