I was skiing with a friend last week in NZ. Before we left on the trip, she had boots fitted by a boot fitter in Sydney (regarded as being one of the best boot fitters here) who is a former pro skiier.
Throughout the trip she didn't feel comfortable in her boots, feelilng they were too loose on her. Her heel would lift on most turns, and she had to really buckle the boots to do any control. She went into a boot fitter in NZ to see about getting the footbed adjusted, and they told her that the original boot fitter had sold her boots that were a size too small (sold her 25.5 rather than 24.5).
She took the boots back today to the boot fitter (in her words):
Soooo – took my boots back.
We started talking so think I want to bounce this off you as you probably saw I just couldn’t get my settings right. Admittedly I’m an in between size, a 25 basically and one foot is smaller than the other. 24.5 was extremely difficult to get my foot into and would be my racing size and I’d expect toe bruising but my foot did feel snug (don’t need to worry about shoe buckles like you don’t and had firm traction on turns). In 25.5 I have lots of room and my heel lifts on almost every turn though they are more comfi. The insoles I used helped, but as you saw I had to buckle up really tightly and release on most lifts.
I’ve not skied a whole day in 24.5s.
The guy had the balls to say “it may not be a sizing thing, it may be your technique and you should get a lesson”. So thought I’d ask if you thought I was carrying my weight wobbly?
I had good boot days and bad boot days overall on the 25.5s. And am swayed by the fact that I was served by Mr [X] himself and he’s a pro skier. He always recommends to unbuckle at every lift.
So two clear options
- Change down sizes/try them
- Get free heel lifts and buy footbeds (replacing insoles) to make the 25.5 a “25”.
Maybe I should try a 24.5 somewhere else: I only tried one pair.