Originally Posted by ssh
Now, there's a loaded question!
I'm thinking about the 150 this year. If I get it, I'll probably get a 0-finger fit and have it ground/punched for the room I need in the right places. If you're skiing the boot, you can probably go a bit smaller, and you should err on the small side. The boot is made for grinding/punching, so should be sized so you have to do some of that. And the more closely the plastic matches your foot, the better off you'll be.
I'm sure that there will be howls of disagreement, but that's how I see it.
I tried on the US 9 shell today. Interesting, the cuff seems so much lower than the US 10. It almost looks like a Junior boot to me, however, I was able to get into it (with a fair amount of pain). Due to the length, I was not able to fully flatten my feet but came very close. This caused a little instep pain but I think that could be relieved by making a litttle more room for the feet to flatten out.
Frankly, my only reluctance in going to the smaller shell would be that this shop could not provide the type of alteration that I would require. Another concern is fitting a footbed in there. One notch in on all four buckles and they were pretty snug. I wish I had more knowledge of just what a good fitter is capable of because in the back of my mind I believe the smaller shell is the way to go but it's tough to pull the trigger without knowing if they can be made to work.
I've heard good things about Keith Holmquist at Hunter in NY. Maybe I'll give him a call.