I took advantage of a Rossi promo a month ago: Race 1 boots at $130. It didn't seem like a good idea to buy without trying, but the price was nice. Well, I went to a couple of local shops looking to try a comparable Rossi model. I didn't find an exact match, but I did try some. As it turns out, they ship from Vermont, so I called them up and asked about the boots. I had an idea of size: 26.5, from trying other Rossi models and from standing on the sizing plate, and they did have that size in stock, so I went over and tried them on. The Rossi guy couldn't really spend any time fitting me, but we agreed that they seemed to fit, so I went for them. I wore them the next Saturday and was lame into the next week. I went to the local Alpine Shop and the bootfitter blew out the offending hotspot, trimmed my footbeds, and gave me some good advice. Charged $15. I put the thermofit liners in the oven at 180 for 30 minutes and then jammed them into the boots, jammed my feet in after, buckled up tight, hobbled around the house, went outside and clompped around in the snow. Actually, they are now working out OK. I like the fact they are real stiff with a glove-like fit. They are tough to get into and even tougher to get out of, especially on the cold days of late, but, I am developing little tricks to make it easier. It was a risky proposition and I thought I had made a bad deal after that first Saturday, but I got lucky and now I am pleased with the boots and I look forward to fine-tuning the fit. Definitely helped my skiing, by the way, because I think my old boots were too big: Salomon xscreams at 27.5. I picked up a pair of promo 9S slalom skis in 160 at the same time. Woohoo! Talk about carving tight arcs with tight boots! I'm a new man.