During our (New Zealand) summer I had sent to me a pair of Intuition Luxury liners. I heat moulded them at home, then had them re-done by a very switched-on young boot fitter here at my ski mountain (the guy is an ex-FIS racer and has boot fitted around the world)...both times they were way too tight on the front half of the foot, and had near zero heel retention. Even after shaving off some of the liner, the forefoot is still not happy, and we're going to have to add major amounts of padding to try and get some semblance of heel retention.
So, I'm looking at replacing the boots altogether. I've tried on a pair of Exclusive 80s in a size 25, which shell size to just a touch too long (two fingers and a tiny bit more) and don't have sufficient heel retention. After nearly a week, a pair of size 24s arrived, which shell sized lengthwise to just a little less than one finger. My big toes are not at all happy in them, and after a while the circulation is cut off across the top of the foot, but my heels are in heaven! I am currently waiting on the only pair of Exclusive size 24.5 in the country to be couriered to the shop. From the results of the shell sizing, I strongly suspect that they will turn out to also be too small for me.
My problem seems to be that in the time since I bought my CRL90s, Lange have moved to mondopoint sizing and my ideal length is smack bang in the middle of the two shell sizes now. My CRL90s are 291mm, the Exclusive 24s are 283mm and the Exclusive 25s are 299mm.
So, I suspect I will be left with a difficult choice:
(1) Buy the 25s and hope that padding them out appropriately will work
(2) Buy the 24.5s and hope the toe box can be pushed out sufficiently whilst not making the boots leak terribly (my CRL90s leaked after I had them stretched ever so slightly at the side of the little toe, so I'm used to leaky boots, but I wouldn't like it to be much worse in the new ones than it is in my current pair)
I'd be grateful for any and all advice. I know that buying a pair of boots that are "too big" is a no-no, but what is "too big" and if adding foam to them is simply adding more of (essentially) the same material that the liners are made of, is it really that big a no-no? What is the problem? Or am I better to risk buying the 24.5s if they feel "nearly right" and hope that they can be made to work?
I can't tell you how much I miss my pre-packed-out CRL90s! As the song says, you don't know what you got till it's gone... :-(((((