Quick question on ski boot sizing. I wear a shoe size 8.5 US men's. I'm a fairly aggressive skier and prefer to ski moguls, bumps, steeps and crud when I'm on the mountain but kite ski as often (sometimes more than) I ski at resorts. I'm buying new boots. My current boot is a size 25.5 Mondo and I'm buying Atomic Hawx 80s and the store recommended I go again with a 25.5. My concern is that my toes are always uncomfortable / cramped in my current (salomon) boot and I'm sure I bought it that size thinking the liner would pack out and get more comfortable - but not so much. I did try the Hawx on with an upgraded boot bed / liner and that did pull the toes away and make it more comfortable but I don't want to repeat the same situation and have boots that may be comfortable in the store for 20 minutes but uncomfortable in the cold snow after 2 hours. I definitely don't want to go bigger if I don't have too.
When I review the mondo scale I see a men's 8.5 is around a 26.5 - 27 Mondo size. I know that size isn't as important as comfort and fit but wanted to see how many of you know if your have shoe size matches dead on with the Mondo boot fitting or do you go smaller knowing the liner will pack out? The boot was pretty comfortable with the upgraded bed but I keep thinking about the size being the same as I have now and I'm only buying new boots because I can't stand the feel of my toes still hitting the boot after years of skiing them.