Hi all - I ski a Lange RS130, 26.5. I have 11-12 mm shell fit, and the width is snug to say the least; I'm 104 mm across the mets. (But have a very narrow heel and ankle.) So obviously a lot of blowing out in front for the sake of the good ankle. And if I'm a touch back in these, I'm reminded with squashed toes and forefeet. But, combined with an Intuition Dreamliner, these work really well for groomers, Masters racing, and bumps back east. In fact, these have the best out of the box fit for my duck feet of any boot, any brand I've tried. That includes Head, Salomon, Dalbello, and Technica.
But here's my dilemma: Want to get AT version for western resorts, 50% sidebounds hiking, some minor skinning, so mainly a down boot not up boot. But nearly killed myself using the RS's on a rock ledge, so have to have the AT walking functionality and sole.
Everyone says AT boots should be a bit roomier, to allow for foot slide. Fine, and that was my experience with old Frischi's and a borrowed pair of tech boots. But if I stay with what fits my foot shape - Lange XT's - and go to a 27.5, that means a 22 mm shell fit. OTOH, a 12 mm fit seems kinda nuts for my mission. When I've tried it (owned 26.5 LV XT 130's), definitely toes were on the way to blacking out.
Additional info: Have tried various XT and RS sizes in store, 27.5 in either is definitely nice in front but I can feel the extra space in back. The 100 mm version is great up front, a touch wide in back. So I've been considering a 27.5 LV XT, and going to a higher vol liner. Or staying with a 26.5 but going to a 100 mm last and assuming that'll create more toe room.
Finally, also unclear whether the standard LV last (97 mm) is measured at 26.5 or 27.5. If 26.5, then my understanding is that the next length is +2 mm wider. I want to move to a 100 mm width for an AT boot, but I don't want 102 mm.
Thanks for the help.