Hi all. I have a question concerning modifications suggested for my new boots (Atomic RT Ti). I have a normal width foot, so I fit into the lower shell with a race fit with some minor grinding. My problem is with the cuff due to my super large calves from increased strength training over the past year.
At the top of the stock height cuff, my calves measure 20.5 inches in circumference. The removable rear spoiler was removed during the initial fitting. I need to tighten the bottom three buckles normally for my foot shape. The top buckle is micro adjusted all the way out, and the latch was moved to the outer most position. Even with the buckle just closed in the first position of the latch, my foot goes numb after a few runs from loss of circulation to the foot. I took to boot back to the initial fitter who suggested cutting a horizontal slit in the outer covering of the liner above the cuff to allow the liner to balloon out over the top of the cuff. He was hesitant to cut down the height of the shell itself since I intend to use the boot for racing. He was worried about loss of edging with a lower cuff height.
I decided to get a “second opinion” and went to another shop that has a well known bootfitter in the race community (he has World Cup experience). He took one look at the size of my legs, and stated not only would the liner need cut to allow flex, but the cuff would need cut all the way down to just above the top buckle. I asked him about edging with a boot that low, and he stated it is not ideal, but I have no choice. The current fit with my leg size is not only affecting my fore-aft position, but side to side as well. He said what I really need is a custom made cuff, and since I was not a World Cup Racer (LOL) that isn’t going to happen. He said other than the cuff issue, the boots fit me great.
So now I don’t know what to do. Is the initial boot fitter right, or do I have the major operation done on the boots by fitter #2 and hope for the best as far as any loss of edging in the course?
Thanks for any opinions and options.