I figured I would write an update about the boots. I know I search this forum quite a bit for good info, so hopefully this will help somebody in the future. With that said....
After about 10 days in the boots I started to feel like I had too much room in the boot. My feet were slopping around but I felt like I had too much space in the toe area (up and down and side to side) and I felt like my left foot in particular had too much space. Now, I am being totally anal here, but I was really looking for a snug fit. I felt like I really had to put level pressure on my left foot, meaning heel and ball, for it to feel right when edging.
So, I went back to the shop and asked for some help. We first tried a thin shim in both boots. My right was getting crushed at the top and it made the left a bit better, but nothing great. I went back the following day and sat down with a very well informed bootfitter (they three or four in the shop). I explained to him what was going on and he said "I hate to tell you this but I think we need to size you down". He explained that their is a fine line between comfort and and a truly snug fit.
My foot is a tad over 28.0. He suggested the Falcon 10 in a 27.0 because for some reason it appeared to be narrower in the area vs. the Pro. I had zero room in it from side to with the liner out, since the edges of my feet were touching both sides. Front to back I was lucky to jam a finger in there. It was very tight when I got into the boot. I even felt a tiny bit of pressure on top of my big toe. However, the minute I leaned a bit forward, all pressure points disappeared! I didn't appear to have any hotspots but it wasn't the most comfortable neither. He asked me to give it a chance and try it out for a couple of days before making any changes to the shell. However, if I noticed any pain after taking the boots off, bruising, etc., then I was to come back imediately. He also kept the footbed that came with the boot in place, since he felt that my superfeet my make things too tight for now. He felt that I would appreciate a custom footbed, but felt that I should get at least 20 or say days of hard skiing in so the liner can break in a bit.
Fortunately, the next day was very warm so the boots did not shrink onto my foot. After a few hours the boot felt great. I could feel everything in the boot and the response was much quicker and precise. Mind you, I am not a racer, just a 42 year old guy that loves to ski. Even I could tell the difference.
Well, I put close to twenty days into these things and we didn't have to change a thing. The liners definately started to break in and I started to feel a bit of that left foot action that I spoke about earlier. Not nearly as bad though, I am just being a pain in the ass at this point. So I went back to the shop and visited my favorite boot guy. Told him what was going on, and I explained that I almost felt like maybe one part of the foot is caving in, thus floating another part. I think it is time to talk custom beds.
He recommended a semi custom footbed (he felt that it would do the job and the cost of a full custom will not justify the small added benefit. I guess I have a fairly normal foot.). Once he put my foot on the vacuum aparatus (I am sure it has a name) He immediately noticed that the ball on my left foot was pushed in fairly deep. He thought that may be the cause of the "floating" feeling I get. So he molded the footbed and posted up some of the areas underneath. He also added a tiny bit under the heel to help me a bit with forward lean.
Well, that made for a snug fit. I mean, things were pretty tight before. In the past, I basically just snugged the two front buckles down because they were there. It is even tighter now. But the feel is unreal. No more "floating" feeling. My feet are finally totally wrapped. I am so much more accurate edge to edge; it may be just in my head but those footbeds rock. Even more noticeable in the trees and bumps. Finally I feel like I know if I am going to move my feet, the skis will follow immediately. A good boot will wrap around the front, back, sides and top. The custom fills all those unnecessary spaces underneath. The gaps may be subtle, but they are there, and they suck. Oh yeah, there is the whole alignment thing as well and the ability of the boot guy to get you in the right position. I found that I am much happier being just a tad more forward, even though I sacrifice some comfort when standing in line.
For those of you looking for a truly snug fit. I understand why racers size down. They take it to the extreme but I think I found the happy medium.
One more thing. The flex of the 10 is a bit softer than the Pro. It felt very nice. Never thought about flex ratings before. It makes a difference, even for everyday bombing around. I believe the falcon 10 is rated 110. Much easier to flex and there was no way I was going to crush it. I weigh 170lbs. Great boot.