I have a pair of 08 Dalbello Proton 12 Carbons 25.5s that I've been struggling with the past couple seasons. I don't have a boot fitter that's local for me, so after I bought them I waited until I was out in Denver and visited Lee Kinney at The Custom Foot in Englewood, CO and had custom footbeds made.
My first day in the boots was absolute torture. I ended up losing both big toenails from a single day on the hill. After skiing for a couple days at Breck and Vail, I came back down to Denver and asked him to do some more work on them. He did some additional molding in the liner and removed some stitching in the toe, unfortunately I didn't have another chance that season to test them out.
I tried them again last season for about 2 hrs at Vail and again they were totally unbearable. I swapped them back out to my old school Raichle RX770s and finished out the day, but again it destroyed my right big toenail. After removing the boots, I noticed major pressure points on the bone sticking up on the arch of my foot.
What other options do I have available to me to try with these boots? Can I reuse my existing footbeds or will I need new ones? I hate to get rid of them because I loved the control I had, but at this point they're unusable.
Also, any recommendations on a (semi) local bootfitter?