I wear anywhere from a US 9.0 (dress shoes) to US 9.5 (competitive court shoes for performance, like asics) to US 10 or 10.5 for lounging (running shoes, like nike or adidas). The online retailer I am dealing w/ is extremely flexible, and will not frown on me exchanging the boots for the right fit. I do not think I will have the time or $$$ resources to consult a proper fitter, so I am attempting to glean information to make sure I get the right fit.
I am an advanced intermediate to lower advanced skier. Ski 15+ days a year. 5'8, 165 lbs. Will be steering Volkl S5s. I won't be going full-bore all the time, but I do want the boot to be able to perform when needed. Also important to know is I am definitely "ski the piste" type of guy.
Since I will be doing this "cold", without fitting/comparison, I am thinking of starting w/ the 27.0 and doing the shell test etc. Next I will be evaluating the width, etc. Should I be starting in a smaller or bigger mondo size? I realize there might not be a perfect answer out there, but any advice from the epicski boots gurus will help me. Thank you so much in advance ski guys