Trying to find boots before our upcoming ski trip. Rental boots make my foot arch cramp and my shins are always in pain. I don't want to wreck my 3 days at the mountain because of that. Also, we got the rest of the family outfitted with ski gear so I'd hate to stop at the rental line just for boots for me (I have skis I've borrowed from a relative that will be tuned up and fit to any boots I buy before I go).
My foot is between 23.5 and 24cm, closer to 24. I have tried on 23.5 cm Salomon Quest 60 boots and wore them in the house and walking around and my arches are in pain, and my toes never pull away from the front of the boot no matter what position I am in. My toes feel very cramped. Worse with my smart wool ski socks as they are thicker in the toe area.
I have one store here with guys that seem to be reasonably knowledgable about boot fit, but even they didn't measure my foot width or arch. There is one other place here who knows more than a big box store, but not as much as the first store. Then I have a big box sports store.
The choices from the smaller stores are:
Lange SX 70
Rossignol Kiara 60
Salomon Quest 60W or Quest 70W (last year's model which I don't like the hike and ride switch as much)
Dalbello Luna 70
The big box store has some Nordicas in addition to this that I didn't try at this point. I think most of the boots out there seem too wide for me.
There was also a Dalbello Kyra, but the plastic tongue presses into the top of my arch and causes pain. These were all in the 24.5. The widest part of my foot seems to be about 89mm. The Kiara's seemed wide and roomy in the foot area and I have several of the buckles basically at the tightest setting already.
Not sure what else to do as I am nowhere near a place with a boot fitter such as yourselves or that has a very large selection of boots.
I'm skiing with my kids. On the mountain we'll do green runs, maybe progress to an easy blue if we get that far. I am no expert skier. I skied back 20ish years ago and was an okay blue skier, and did black on our local hill but not on a mountain and didn't do it with any grand technique. We started with the family again last year and I'm older now and enjoying green runs and will be fine getting back to blue this trip. Not sure I'll ever care to do black. ;) We'll be skiing about a half dozen times per year, maybe one mountain trip each year included in that since the closest mountain is 7.5 hour drive. So we are definitely recreational.
Any advice for me? I've watched a bunch of boot fit videos and read the thread here which has all given me good info, but I'm kind of lost when I don't have a lot of choice available.