Originally Posted by mirothehero
The problem: I didnt feel ANY difference between the liners from size 29 and 29.5
Question: Which one to order: 29 or 29.5? Do you know if there is any difference at all, are they at different length, or just the 29 liner is a bit thicker than 29.5? Miro
Miro, my wife and I have been skiing Tecnica and Dolomite boots for quite a few years now, so I can't tell you for sure if the following is true for all manufactures. However, for Tecnica and Dolomite (owned by Volkl/Tecnica), there is no difference between a full size liner and a half size. The difference is in the removeable insole. For example, a 29.0 and a 29.5 shell and liner are the same. The 29.0 insole is a little thicker to take up more volume. We toss the insoles anyway and use custom orthotics.
I wear an 11.5 (US) street shoe and ski a 28.0/28.5 shell (301mm sole) in a Tecnica XT17 (narrow "race" boot). I have a medium/narrow forefoot, and a narrow heel. When I shell fit the boot, the width and length is nearly perfect without the liner. Which means with a new liner, they fit very snug for the first 4-5 days of skiing, but then "pack out" perfectly. Once I found this boot, I continued to replace it with the same. However, the XT17 was discontinued last year, so I put 3 extra pairs and an extra liner on the shelf while I search for my next boot.
In the States, most good boot sellers will work with customers to make the boot fit properly or allow them to "trade it" for another model/brand. Discount shops and internet sales obviously don't produce enough profit to allow this kind of customer service, but after you dial in the right boot- by all means look for the best deals when buying your next pair(s). Hopefully you can find the same level of service in Germany. The closer the boot shop is to a ski area, the easier it will be to make adjustments and test them out. If you can't find a skilled boot fitter, it is even more important to get a shell fit as close as possible to minimize the amount of work needed.
Good luck! Mark