Unfortunately (or fortunately... not sure yet), my bootfitter is on the east coast and I was skiing out west, so I couldn't get real time tweaks done. The positive aspect is that I can now go back to him w/ my experiences and hopefully get the boots "fixed" for next time.
Here's the issue: I'm worried that they are too big. Before I got fitted, I was thinking I needed a 26.5; I ended up w/ a 27.5 shell with a 27 liner. He did all the measurements and the shell fit, so I assume they should be sized right... but, my entire trip I felt like my heel and foot were moving in the boot no matter how much I cranked them in. In fact, I ended up pretty much on the last notch of the buckle across the board, which I didn't think was supposed to happen with new boots. Granted, when I cranked them down that much I pretty much lost all feeling in my feet -- very uncomfortable & little blood flow; but that was the only way I felt completely locked in when skiing. When I was fitted, and even when I was wearing them in the house before my trip, I was only on the second notch and the boots were comfortable but still hurt my feet after a short time if I wasn't flexing them. I have a very wide foot -- we even had to punch out an area under the second buckle so that they weren't compressing the nerve on the outside of my foot (hoof).
I'm not even sure what my question is... I guess I'm wondering what I should be expecting. Is it OK that I have to crank them down to the point my feet hurt, or should I feel more locked in at a comfortable setting? What if the liner packs out and I'm already on the last notch? Are there ways to adjust the boots to get my heal locked down? One of the fine moderators here that I met on my trip suggested a boot shim, but I didn't get a chance to try any before I left. Should I expect my fitter to provide shims?
I appreciate any input!