Anyone here who cross over from alpine to tele, and if you use custom footbed in your alpine boot, do you take it over to the tele boot (or have a new one made)?
Or do you think it's not needed in tele (since the heel is free)?
I've always had custom insoles in my tele boots - being free heel doesn't really make any difference; it's all between your foot and the boot's last/size/bellows flex. Presumably you have an unusual enough foot to require the custom insole, so there' a reasonable chance you'll need them in your tele boots, but it all depends on how a given boot matches up with your unique foot. Try it with the stock insole for a bit and see what happens, then decide from there. Chances are your Alpine boot insole won't fit in your tele boot without some adjustments, or at least a baking of the liner. I tried moving insoles between boots - it's enough of a PIA that I just get new insoles with new boots.
Its all about the fit. I have a very stiff custom foot bed in my alpine boots, and a flexible pair made by the same boot fitter for my tele boots.
Just because I'm wearing a different boot doesn't mean my feet have become a less odd shape.
Not intended as a thread hijack, but should tele/backcountry boots fit as snug as downhill boots, particularly if being used for some touring?
I just ordered a pair of Scarpa T4s in a mondo 27. My street shoe is a 10.5/11. My Lange alpine boots are 26.5.
These boots will be used with a not-too-wide backcountry ski, the Madshus Epoch.
In the ankle and heel - yes, or you're begging for blisters or sore ankles or both. In the forefoot, not so much.
Going a size up in a T4 - hmmmm. Let us know how that turns out.
Thanks. I was able to try on a few T4s recently, but not a 27. Based on my shoe size, they started me in a 29, which was too big. The 28 was getting closer, but I didn't have time to try more. It felt like a 27 would do the trick. I'll see, since my 26 downhill boots are definitely on the snug side for my size foot. If the T4s are too big I can exchange or return them.