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Trouble fitting Dalbello V11 Avanti

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Shell size 305, liner 28.5. I like the performance but the fit sucks... Can someone describe what possible corrections to the following symptoms may be?

Toes slamming into the front and breaking (nail) Happened twice (to each side of course) after overshooting big air jump --- i.e. overshooting the landing. I know this should hurt but even with the boot super tight my toes got crunched.

Next symptom... along the side of my foot it begins to hurt after various amounts of time skiing (this is outside edge of foot). I've tried both superfeet's green bed and the custom vacuum one, still an issue.

I seem to be able to lift the heal fairly easily (while buckled in).

The toe box is fine, but my big toe, especially on my left foot pushes very hard against the liner (noticeable with eye when liner is out). In general when buckled in if i lean back in the boot, my toes get squished big time... I can really see my big toes pushing through the liner (translucent shell). When i just wear the liners I also feel like i'm moving into the toe over time causing my foot to cramp up. (you know when you take your toes and roll them in a bit, that's what seems to happen)

The shell fits perfect though... so any ideas?
post #2 of 8
After everything you posted, how could you end with "the shell fits perfect"? How did you reach that conclusion.

You'll get some advice here, but the basic one will be to find a competent boot fitter in your area (you can search here for the list) to get you fixed up. I doubt you're in the right boot shell with all of those problems.
post #3 of 8
Why a 28.5 liner in a 30.5 shell?
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

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After everything you posted, how could you end with "the shell fits perfect"? How did you reach that conclusion.
Based on the 1.5 finger method I was expecting it to be a great fit. (toe front and space behind the heal measurement).

max, not sure about why the liner is 28.5 and the shell 305, maybe i got mixed up and i mean 295. I'll have to recheck.
post #5 of 8
When you say shell 305 I take that to mean the boot sole length is 305mm for a 28.5 boot size. Nothing wrong with that (actually that's a fairly short sole length for a 28.5).

Shell fit is more than just checking the length (1-2 finger rule). Where do you live? Is there a bootfitter in the area that you trust?
post #6 of 8
I had a similar problem in a Tecnica boot. The shell fit was perfect but the liner did not fit my foot even out of the shell. I'm guessing you could either work with a fitter to stretch the liner, or even put a new liner in that fits. There have been some good step by step instructions here on how to stretch a liner, but that could take some searching. Anyway, I even bought some bigger boots, but the fit was too loose. I eventully put the larger new liner in the older boots and...Great fit.
post #7 of 8
Cirque - you're getting into the common industry practice of "short-lasting" the liners - where the liner is much shorter than the actual shell size. The boot feels too small even though the shell fit is correct. This problem has caused me untold grief over the past 5 seasons. I thought I had learned my lesson, but then I even screwed up at the beginning of last season with Thermoflex liners (giving the false impression of a good fit even though the shell was too large).

I now ski all of my boots using a liner from one shell size up so that the liner actually fits the shell. I'll probably do the same with the new liner for my Kryptons.

P.S. Of course this may not be the case with all manufacturers, but it's been my unfortunate experience with many.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well the shop I sold it too has a good fitter, but I've taken up a ton of his time and we still haven't got the fit right so I was thinking of looking elsewhere.

The comment about the liner being "short-lasting" makes sense now as I can visibly see there's more room in the shell. Now I'm wondering if maybe by accident it is a 28 liner... Will have to compare at the store with other 28.5's.

Thanks for the advice... I live in around Boston MA for the person that asked.
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