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I am in need of some help on purchasing a new pair of boots. I have been skiing Flexon 9.9 for 10 yrs and have decided to retire them this year and move on to a new pair of boots. I am a little anxious about this, only because I really do not want to go to a conventional overlap 4 buckle boot. I have tried the dalbello Krypton on in a mondo 27, thinking this would be the most logical choice...not so! The heel pocket is too wide and a little too much volume over the instep...doesn't hold it like my 9.9. Here is my dilemma: I measure out at a mondo 27 on my right foot and a just a hair over a 27 on my left foot, I am a "C" width, low instep & narrow heel? I went to my local ski shop and shell fit a 26.5 and I have 1 finger gap between the shell and my heel. The width of the boot upfront is tight and I have no space between my foot and the shell (should this be a concern...could punch the shell I guess)? I do have a custom foot bed but couldn't fit it into the 26.6 to see how it felt..bummer! I am just wondering, if I drop down a size will it take up enough volume to make a difference, or should I replace the bladder with a zipfit? The other option is to go to the Doberman or Lange 120...ugh!! I have been skiing almost all my life and spend most of my time on off piste terrain. I do love to ski fast and do spend some time in the bumps also. Thanks for the advice in advance! Also, how much does the stock baldder on the krypton cross pack out after a few days of skiing? Btw, is the pro have less volume than the cross? Sorry for all the questions!
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I'll take a shot at helping you out...

The Krypton doesn't fit exactly like the Flexon - you've already figured out most of it: slightly wider heel pocket (due to the thickness of the bootboard placing the foot higher in the boot than I think it should be), a bit more instep room, but narrower through the forefoot and 5mm longer at the same Mondo size.

So you have 3 options IMO -
1) totally re-think this and widen your search to include traditional 2-piece overlap boots
2) work with a competent boot fitter to get yourself into the Krypton (the Pro liner is thinner than the Cross and doesn't pack out as much, but isn't all that great - hence the ZipFits that are now in my Kryptons)
3) stick to the Flexons - you can still find new old stock (NOS) Flexons on eBay fairly regularly or you may be able to find replacement parts to keep the Flexons alive.

There really is something special about the Flexon - I still love that boot and if you've got the right foot it's a great experience (especially when combined with Thermoflex liners).
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Originally Posted by Noodler
I'll take a shot at helping you out...

The Krypton doesn't fit exactly like the Flexon - you've already figured out most of it: slightly wider heel pocket (due to the thickness of the bootboard placing the foot higher in the boot than I think it should be), a bit more instep room, but narrower through the forefoot and 5mm longer at the same Mondo size.

So you have 3 options IMO -
1) totally re-think this and widen your search to include traditional 2-piece overlap boots
2) work with a competent boot fitter to get yourself into the Krypton (the Pro liner is thinner than the Cross and doesn't pack out as much, but isn't all that great - hence the ZipFits that are now in my Kryptons)
3) stick to the Flexons - you can still find new old stock (NOS) Flexons on eBay fairly regularly or you may be able to find replacement parts to keep the Flexons alive.

There really is something special about the Flexon - I still love that boot and if you've got the right foot it's a great experience (especially when combined with Thermoflex liners).
That you for saving me a bunch of typing. Go with the Krypton and a custom liner. If you can wait till next season, Dalbello will be offering their own Intuition moldable liner.
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