LOL...I was hoping the question was something like that. I've learned not to have pre-conceived notions about anything these days. The Dalbello wasn't on my radar but the fit was amazing... super snug all around with no hotspots, and this was without doing a heat molding of the liners. I also tried on the K2 Spyne, one of the Salomon boots, an Atomic Hawk and the Lange RX130.... all the traditional boots felt loose and sloppy by comparison. As I mentioned, I have the overlap intuition liners in my old Tecnicas, so maybe thats a factor.
I have to go back and compare the flex to my current boots, I'm concerned the Dalbellos may be a bit stiff by comparison. Was dropping my skis off for a base ad edge grind and since the shop was a little slow, I figured it wouldn't hurt to start the process (my current shells are 15 years old).
I'll keep the sole thickness difference in mind, thanks for the heads-up on that. I found the standard FT boots have too low of an instep to be comfortable, and I find the cable buckles a PIA. The Booter was a 2013 with the weird looking clear shell and yellow liner with all the printing on it...don;t care about that, I'm not looking at them while I'm skiing LOL. Sounds like that boot could be an option, but I'll reserve judgement on all of this until tomorrow night when I get to compare with my boots and the Decendant.
And yes, I have wide feet so it sounds like the Hammer wouldn't be a very good fit for me.
Say hi to Philpug if you see him...I met him when he was still here in PA. I'm the guy who brought him pastrami, he may remember that