Originally Posted by SierraJim
Yes....you do get it. Air is not a fit material.
Originally Posted by HaveSkisWillClimb
Kinda my innate sentiments SJ...will take solid resistance over air anytime...especially with my narrow heel/lower-leg, wide forefoot, high instep..
I've never skied using boots that have an air bladder, and am not trying to be argumentative, just curious...
Foam liner/added foam heel padding is "solid resistance"? Isn't it air in the foam that provides a balance of resistance and cushion?
If a boot fit was close, and then used air pressure to firm up the liner/padding fit, why would that be deficient?
I have that same "narrow heel/lower-leg, wide forefoot, high instep" profile. Got a good fit last season after I worked with a second pro boot fitter, but another couple weeks worth of skiing after that and things were starting to get a little less firm, and when I pulled the liners out at the end of the season to allow them to dry thoroughly before storing for the summer the added heel padding came off (adhesive broke down for some reason - was not exposed to any temp extremes). So I'll be seeing another pro boot fitter in a few weeks to get things snugged up properly again.
Don't really have a problem with all that, but from a consumer perspective I have to admit I'd be interested in a design that allowed me to snug things up myself as they naturally became less firm over time.