First day blues.Sizing update from that thread:
The Soma Race TI 9000 26.5 is not as voluminous in the instep as a Tecnica Rival in 26.0.
The lower boot shell feels very accurate (it should being only 299mm). I am still sorting out cuff trouble so I cannot give an accurate impression.
Once I got these on the hill, I immediately wanted to put the boot cuff in the forward-lean position. I had considerable trouble doing so, and could not get the fastener to correctly thread into the brass nut inside the shell. (I had this happen also when I attempted to change the cuff lateral tilt). The fastener looks like a 12mm M5 flat hex-head but the lower 3 mm is cylindrical, hollow, and bare of threads, much like a rivet. I happened to have some M5x16mm stainless so I put those in, with considerable trouble in fitting the brass T-nuts into the correct position.
I also find it hard to get into. I almost immediately threw out the slip-in-slide-out cuff reinforcement as it didn't really help enter the boot and I wanted more room for the calf. Quite honestly, I think there would be a real benefit to having pull-tabs or pull-loops on the front edges of the liner, just next to the top of the tongue, as the liner seems to collapse into the boot on entry. Well, possibly that is due to my superbly high instep.
Offset position? I cannot honestly say but I am willing to keep an open mind until after those buckles are moved and the shell is punched. I am very much looking forward to trying them on wider-waisted skis though.
EDIT: the above was yesterday 12/24 on the '04 9000 Race Ti.