Last summer I posted a question in this forum regarding a recommendation on some mid-fat skis. I received lots of great feedback, and almost everyone asked about my boots. At the time I thought, they are comfortable and were "expensive" so I am sure they are fine... Fast forward to last weekend. My wife and I are at Big White for our 2nd 2week stay this season, and I finally convince her to look at new boots. We took the "shopping shuttle" down to Kelowna and visit Fresh Air Experience. As the boot fitter Martin went through how to know if you need new boots/ how boots should perform, I realized that my boots were wrong on everything he listed.
So about 2 hours and 4 or 5 different pairs to try on, I emerged with a pair of Size 28.0 Nordica SpeedMachine 10's. (My old boots were size 30.0 low end Salamon's). The first day I was not too sure about them, they felt too tight compared to my old ones. I guess I didn't realize how your boots are supposed to perform. I thought the foot sliding in a boot was normal! I just learned to compensate for them. Well after a week on them, I cannot believe the difference it has made in my skiing. WOW. I joke they are possessed by the spirit of a far greater skiier than I.
Anyways, thank you all (about 8 months late) for your recommendations on getting boots properly fitted. And if anyone else out there is on the fence about new boots, thinking they will not make a difference, I urge you to pull the trigger and get new boots.
Thank you all again for your help!
PS And if you were wondering what skis I chose, it was a pair of last years (the black topsheet) Fisher Watea 84's in a 184 length. They took a while to get used to vs my old Zenith 5's from about 5 years ago, but absolutely love them now.