I live on the east coast, and ski in West Virginia/Pennsylvania plus one or two trips out west per year. When I get to Colorado or elsewhere in the Rockies, I usually don't have time slotted for things like boot-buying, though I always regret when I come home that I didn't make time, since the selection is so drastically superior and there's more ability to test equipment within 24 hours.
5'7", 170, 38yo male, advanced but not expert skier, mostly carve on-piste, I like to go fast but don't like to fall these days.
That said - I currently wear Lange Fluid 80 boots, size 26.5, w/100mm last, but I'm not thrilled with them. I think they're a little too roomy. My left heel can (and does) lift up a bit, and I can wiggle the foot slightly without the movement being transferred. My right foot feels like it's got a tighter fit, though unfortunately this results in my outside toe feeling a bit pinched. All in all, I don't feel like I have the control I want, especially with my left ski. Late in the day, I feel my left foot flopping around a bit (enough to be annoying), and my right foot is in discomfort. I know this could all be solved via bootfitting, but before I try to make the Fluids work, I'm wondering if I should go with something fundamentally tighter.
I am thinking about buying Lange World Cup 120 HP boots ... the ugly smurfalicious blue ones with a 98mm last - which are available dirt-cheap online (2008 new in box - $135). In fact, the reason I am posting this is that the boots are so cheap that it seems like a low-risk high-reward gamble. I am thinking I'd get size 8, they don't list mondo sizes. I figure if I generally like the boot but the fit isn't quite right, at least I'd have a quality boot to work with when I visit a bootfitter. Just a shame they look the way they look (not sure what Lange's designers were thinking with the baby blue).
I'm sure there are people who've had similar thought processes - am I missing any steps that would make this easier or better? Is the blue boot likely to address my concerns with the Fluid 80s? Thanks