I have a question regarding shin pain, which I am sure is not uncommon.
Stats: 5'9, 145#, 21 years old and I ski out of bozeman roughly 60 days a year. My main skis are 187 XXLs, 186 PM gear lhasas, and 192 big bros. I usually ski pretty stiff boots (110-130 flex) for the sake of performance, but would be willing to sacrifice some of that for comfort. I just want to be able to ski more often, and my shin bang really hinders that.
So to start it off, I am/was a runner and have very skinny/low volume lower legs because of it. My foot is also pretty low volume, and very narrow, with a 98mm last usually being as wide as I ever want to go. I have an 11.5 running shoe, and usually fit pretty well into a 27 alpine shell. So I am definitely in a pretty tight shell fit (~1cm or less), and dont feel that I am in too small a boot.
So this year I have picked out a few boots that fit really well for me as far as heel retention, last width, etc. The Fischer X-120 based on the RC4 and the agent 120/nordica enforcer seem to fit me really well, until I flex them.
When I drive the boot forward, I get a lot of pain on my shin, specifically towards the top of the boot shell. I believe that because the lower part of my shins are so low volume the pressure from that forward flex is not being evenly distributed throughout my leg. It feels like only the top of my leg is doing the flexing, and I have immediate shin discomfort because of it. Even without leaving the shop. I know that skiing those boots will only make it worse.
Last year I skied in the Full Tilts which did work pretty well for my foot type. I started out with a 10 flex tongue, and after experiencing a little shin pain, I switched to an 8, which didn't really make any difference for me. That said, the intuition liner did fill in a lot of space in the shin where I needed it, and helped my problems with shin bang. But the fit wasn't ever perfect, and my foot never felt totally locked. On top of it, I am not really a fan of the raichle design. I broke too many parts on the boot to really enjoy using it. At my size, that is not usually a problem I have.
But this year, I would love to move to a boot that I know will be comfortable, and last me a long time.
Lately I have heard about surefoot, and think that a foam liner might be a good call for my foot type. I would just be curious as to what the fitters here might think, does my assessment of my shin bang issues seem accurate? Do you think that a foam liner would work well?
I work at a shop, and am elligible for Employee pricing on just about any boot on the market. And I have tried most of the boots from major manufacturers that have a ~98mm last. As far as overall lower half fit/heel retention, the fischer and tecnicas that I previously mentioned fit the best. I am strongly considering picking up one of those two boots, and taking them down to surefoot in Utah to get a liner made. I am sick of having ill fitting boots.
Thanks in advance for the help,