I'm a level 6/7 eastern skiier (skiing since early childhood through high school, but took some years off and just got back into it) who's updgrading from some mid-level equipment that I bought last year when I didn't have the money for good stuff.
My stats are 5'6", 160lbs, size 6.5 shoe on the boot board. I should also note that while my foot is rather small, I have cyclist calves that are pretty thick.
I'm upgrading from an Atomic B-Tech 50 in 24.5. Those seemed to fit well, but I wanted something stiffer.
This weekend, I went to a local shop and purchased a pair of Tecnica Dragon 100 in 25.5. I believe this may have been the smallest size the shop had in stock (red flag). The bootfitter thought they would work for me, but he put a rubber toe cap on the front of the liner and adjusted the position of the 3rd buckle to put it in the tighter setting. In the shop, it felt nice and tight. My big toe on my left foot, which is about 0.5cm bigger than my left) was just barely touching the front of the boot liner in a standing position.
Anyway, I spent the last 2 days on them and here's what I'm feeling. My foot (right more than left) has a lot of fore-aft movement. When I go to carve, I feel like my heel comes up and I'm on the ball of my foot. I almost feel like my skis are twisting underfoot. Both my ankles are rather sore, which doesn't seem right.
I was able to clamp down the 2nd buckle and that seemed to make my foot more stable, but of course it also made it numb and painful. Doing a search on the board, people mention this as an indication the boot is too big. I also tried my foot in the shell without the liner, as the FAQ mentioned, and it seems like I have a good inch or so of room behind my heel.
So would you agree that this boot is too big, even though the toes on my left foot just barely touch the front of the boot liner? Or is this model not good for me and my short legs with wide calves? Is it possible for the upper cuff to be too tight and hold my foot "up" out of the boot?
Seems like by Occam's Razor, the simplest explanation is probably right on... the boots are too big. Agree?