I have just discovered this thread, and Epicski, and subscribed a few minutes ago. I have a huge interest in these liners. My problems go back many years. When I was a teenager, I broke both knuckles on my left big toe. It grew together pretty much rigid. Then years ago I bought Nordica Grand Prix boots with the Kevlar reinforcement and foam fill. They were too narrow for me and the painful results were "sixth toe" bunnions on both feet. A few cordeson shots and different boots and I could ski again. These bunnions always made for a tight fit and the rigid toe slowly grew into a huge bunnion and I have finally had all I could take.
Today I am sitting here in a different kind of boot having just had foot surgery to correct the bunnions on my left foot. I will probably do the other foot later, either in September or maybe next spring. I'm not sure doing the second foot this year will leave enough time for the swelling to go away before next season. I'm pretty sure I will need new boots next season because my foot is now narrower. If I only get one fixed, then I will only need one new boot, so this is awkward.
My boots are 5 years old anyway. They are 27.5 Dalbello V10's that are punched out and ground out too. I have cut away quite a bit of the original left liner trying to find room for the bunnions too. Pretty ugly. I am considering Surefoot in Squaw Valley or the Start Haus in nearby Truckee. I think I might be able to save a few coins at the Start Haus but need to talk with them both. Having narrower feet now, I don't know what boot brand I will try.
I race and this is my top priority, but I only get one pair and I want to do the rocks and trees and bumps too so I will need boots that I can stand all day. I'm not a great racer so I don't need the stiffest boot in the store. I usually go down one or two notches from race stock.
This discusion has given me an education and a lot of confidence going to the bootfitter. I am thinking of the intuition powerstrap but I could be swayed. Thanks for the help!