I am having some fit issues and performance issues with my Salomon Impact 8 boots. I purchased these last year from a shop in CO. We went through the full shell fit, tried several brands of boots, and landed on the Impact 8's as the "best" option (taking into account a lot of variables, but fit and value being the two highest). Since then I've been in these boots 6 total days and am having a couple of problems.
First and most importantly my feet are going numb. Not cold, not losing bloodflow, but completely numb. The right foot goes numb before the left, and it takes about 15 minutes for this to happen. I've tried the adjustable instep buckle in all three positions which had no effect on the problem. It takes several minutes for my feet to regain feeling once this happens, and it happens both on the lift and while skiing.
The second issue is performance. It seems like these boots are not as responsive as I would like them to be. The fit (despite all the prework we did) seems to be "loose" (particularly in the lower leg between the calf and ankle) and I have to buckle them pretty tight to get the performance and support I would like while I am skiing. This could be due to bad technique and trying to muscle through turns, but I really do not feel like the boots are as supportive as I would like.
Before anyone asks ... my feet go numb regardless of how tight I buckle the boots ...
The shop will certainly do what ever it takes to make this right, short of a full refund (which is okay since I do have time in the boots). We've tried a couple other boots (Technica Dragon 100, Dalbello Proton 8 and Rampage), but these do not seem to be doing the trick. I had hoped the Dalbello Rampage would work, but they were just as bad as the Impact 8's. They did fit much better through the lower leg.
I do not have custom footbeds, but before I go down that route I want to exhaust other options. I did put Superfeet insoles in the Impact 8's and the Dalbello Rampage's, but my feet still went numb. I am on a budget, but honestly if a custom brand like Daleboot would fix the problem I would save until I could afford them. My thinking, however, is that my feet shouldn't be that out of the ordinary and a retail boot with modifications should be able to work. As it stands right now, the Impact 8's are unskiable.
Prior to last season I had some XWave 8's that I treid to buy on my own that ended up being one size too big. Prior to that I was in Salomon SX-92 Equipe R boots from 1989 to 2000 (didn't ski from 2001 through 2006 season for several reasons). As much as it pains me to say this, and I know I will get ridiculed by some, the SX-92's were way better (for me) than the Impact 8's, both in terms of fit and performance.
I've been skiing for 34 of my 40 years and can ski all inbounds terrain but do not like bumps. I am 6'2", 225, pretty athletic, and wear a 13-14 street shoe. My Impact 8's are a size 29.5 and the old SX-92's were a 360.
What I am hoping is that I can get some direction from the collective wisdom on this site in terms of either fixes to my current boots or other boots to try.
Thanks in advance for any input.
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