In the last three seasons, I've gone through an epic journey in search of a boot that feels and performs right for me. I still haven't found it. I've spent a lot of money trying to find a boot that will work for me, but still haven't found a good fit. I've worked with two different boot fitters, both with good reputations, and still haven't been able to get things quite right.
I've gone through three different pairs of boots, two pairs of custom footbeds, various shell modifications, shims, and just about every buckle configuration possible.
I've been skiing in a Head Rapter 130RS, which performs quite well, but feels very sloppy on my foot. There is far more movement than I believe there should be happening inside of my boots. I've suffered through ankle problems for the majority of this season, which I believe are due to poor fitting boots.
Every time I talk to knowledgeable skiers (instructors, boot fitters, other experienced skiers) they seem to agree that it sounds like my boots are oversized. What is strange is that both of my boot fitters told me that my shell fit was on the small side, and that they wouldn't put me in anything smaller.
I'm hoping to weed out some of the options in front of me. I am considering new boots at the start of next season. I am also considering new liners, perhaps a Zip-Fit.
Can anyone offer some advice on how to approach finding the right fit. What options really work, and which ones are gimmicks.