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Time for new boots?

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I visited a highly recommended boot fitter in the Catskills, NY in 2009/2010 to purchase my first set of professionally fitted boots.  He put me into Dalbello Proton Surge 28.5s - a fairly wide, high volume boot from what I can gather.  He also made footbeds, and I went away reasonably happy.  I had one return visit for some additional work, and while the boots never seemed perfect to me, they were a big step up from what I was skiing.

Over the next few years, I had various issues with the boots.  The issues invariably arose when I was on a ski trip a long way from home, and I wound up having a random assortment of shops do some emergency work on them to salvage my vacations, including punching out around the sixth toe area on both feet, and making a little more room in the heel to relieve pressure on protrusions from my heels.  I frequently also had pressure / pain from the boots in both the inside and outside malleolus of both legs, but nobody who worked on the boots seemed to come up with an answer for that.

About 3 seasons ago, I had the guys at Superior Sports in Snowbird take a look at them.  They made new foot beds, put in a small heel lift, and put me in some Zipfit liners.  I had them make a couple of more small tweaks over a couple of days, and the work they did allowed me to ski pain free for the first time in my life. I also added Booster straps, which I think further improved the boot.

My skiing has continued to improve in the last few years, and while I'm still skiing without pain and I love the Zipfits, I'm wondering if I'm leaving something on the table with these boots.  The boots are mostly pretty snug, and the shell fit is fine for length, but I think I may have a little more side to side wiggle room in them than I perhaps should.  It's only a mm or two, but I keep second guessing whether a tighter fit would allow me to progress further.  Given that these are the only real boots I've had, I'm not sure if what I'm feeling is right or not.  On the other hand, it took me years of miserable ski experiences to get these boots fitting as well as they do, and I really don't want to walk away from that if they're close enough.

My feet are both 287mm long, around 108mm wide, and I'd say are generally medium volume with reasonably high arches.  My dorsiflexion is slightly limited, but I do have a reasonable amount of movement.  

Is skiing without pain an indication that these boots fit well enough, and I should just continue to ski them?  If I can get into a lower volume boot, is it likely I'll see a significant increase in performance?
Edited by Wade - 1/20/16 at 8:16pm
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Keep the boots.. Since they fit good work on your skiing.. Use your micro buckles to adjust the snugness in the area needed.. Every time you ski your feet can be different.. Elevation, what we eat/ drink all effect blood flow/swelling of the feet Etc...adjusting micro buckles every time you ski is normal... Good luck...
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Originally Posted by BurgMan View Post

Keep the boots.. Since they fit good work on your skiing.. Use your micro buckles to adjust the snugness in the area needed.. Every time you ski your feet can be different.. Elevation, what we eat/ drink all effect blood flow/swelling of the feet Etc...adjusting micro buckles every time you ski is normal... Good luck...

Thanks. I generally adjust the buckles each time, but will pay a bit more attention to it.
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