I wore them right out of the box with a wc fit ( 0 fit) very tight. I skied one day in wolf creek 10 days ago on hard pack in very warm temperatures. Fairly easy on, easy off, great flex. I loved the stiffness of the boot. I did notice a little heel slip (very nominal compared to what im used to) in my right boot (my slightly smaller foot). Took a little used to get used to skiing compared to the mushy Dalbello Krypton Pro I was on.....I couldno't believe a boot fit this well out of the box for my narrow foot/ankle/calf/chiken....and it felt like it was fairly stiff and could be pushed...in that temperature.
WC one week later a whole different story. 32 inches of fresh champagne powder, 20 degrees, new Dobies. Here are the lessons I have learned.....and questions if you have answers????????????
1)Make Sure to put them under a heater before putting them on. obviously take the liner out and put that on your foot into the liner.
2) These boots are COLD!!!!Make sure to unbuckle. Does snow really get into the boot? In through the rubber piece? Any suggestions. A foot warmer will not work with custom hansen orthotic ski footbeds.
3)I like the fit. I dont want to jeapordize anything. Should I punch out my left big toe area to avoid injury? How much is too much?
4) I have a bit of heel slip on my right foot (smaller). I was thinking a 1mm heel/arch lift right under my custom footbed?
5). I am already concerned about needing to move the buckles to accomodate for my thin calf area and pack out issues? Suggestions?
6) I like the boot liner thus far, but i wonder how it would feel with a Zip-Fit, and if the Dobie shell/plastic will last long enough for me to replace liners ( ie. most boots just die on flex, so are these really as tough as they feel?)
I will say that after 30 years of skiing, trying to find a boot to work, finding 1 or 2 here or there that work, but usually have little last, I am encouraged about the Dobie. It seems as if the boot were made to be grind and molded, but it seems to fit my foot perfectly. I wonder if it is because my foot really is just that narrow or if i am just imagining it. All I know is that they felt damn good in 32 inches of fresh.............................