Originally Posted by SrMike
Jeff, thanks for taking time to offer your advice.
I am a 52 yr. old, 6', 245lb male level 7 skier looking to upgrade from my Soloman Eclipse 9, size 28.0 boots to an all mountain expert boot. I feel like my current boots are too soft for my ability and I also think they are too big as they are a 3 finger shell fit. I had footbeds made with a shaft alignment when I was in Steamboat last spring which helped a lot as I have problem feet. I did learn that I don't need cants and the right leg needs slightly less shaft lean.
I was born with club feet and corrected with casts. As a result, my right foot is a size smaller, narrower, with a higher arch than the left foot. Both insteps are high with the right foot being really high. Doing a shell fit, we found a 27.0 is still a 2 finger fit, but none of the boots left in stock, when I was last looking at then end of last season, had enough volume for my instep.
1. What boots should I consider.
2. How hard will it be to transfer the footbeds to a new boot. The footbeds I have now are great, but they take up a lot of volume in the boot.
3. Do you ever visit Ohio. I haven't met a boot fitter here yet, just ski boot sales lackys who fit for comfort and not performance.
PS: I at least know enough now to run out of the store if the "bootfitter" doesn't do a shell fit.
First of all, there are many options that will ski better than what you currently have.
1. You did not give me much info on your foot's width, but you might like the Nordica Speedmachine. It has a higher instep, and runs slightly big. It is possible that you could comfortably fit into the size 26.5 with a little grinding on the left shell.
2. No, I do not go or work in Ohio. (But my wife tells me that Cedar Point is the best place on earth.) I do not know of any good boot techs near you, though it is possible there may be some of whom I am not aware.
3. That is what I hear from all of my Ohio friends.