I'm having a HELL of a time finding the right boot. I'm stuck right in between a 26 (305ish) and 27 (315ish) shell size in most manufacturers boots. I've tried some new Nordicas (too wide), Lange Blaster Pros (too wide) and the Salomon Ghost. The Ghost fit very well in a 27 with no pressure points, the toe box felt amazing and my heel felt like it was nicely cupped. I also love the two buckle design and the lacing system. The only problem is the length, I feel like I'm in between a 26 and 27 shell in the ghost. The 26.5 has around 9mm behind my heel in a shell fit and the 27 has 25 maybe a bit more.
I'm an expert skier with lifelong boot fitting issues. I'm a ski instructor and patroler from eastern Canada. I have a 99mm forefoot and 272mm foot length (right) 270 (left). North American shoe size I'm a 10.5 mens. My heel width is about 55mm. I'd say I have a slightly below average width foot. I'm 5 foot 9.5 inches about 170 pounds. Since I started training kick boxing 6 months ago my feet feel flatter but more muscular.
For the last 9 years I've been using Superfeet 1 piece cork custom molded foot beds. I'm looking to replace those as well.
My last three boots were Head Cybers, then Langes and finally Nordica Speed Machine 8s.. The Head Cybers were a 27 and after the liner packed out they were much too large on all sides. I didn't purchase them from an experienced boot fitter... my first mistake. The Langes had a similar issue where the liner packed out and I felt too much movement. My Nordica speedmachine 8s are the opposite problem. I bought a 26.5 on the assumption that they would pack out. I've been using them for two and a half seasons but I can't take it anymore. When I shell fit them I have around 8 mm behind my heel. They are too small and my feet freeze. Toe bang is brutal. The other problem is that somehow my footbed has melded itself to the boot liner. I've pulled VERY hard and the only way to remove the cork superfeet would be to destroy the liner.
All that being said, can you recommend some boots with a comparable fit to the Salomon Ghost?
I would love to try out the Salomon Shogun boots because it has the 100 flex that I desire and a different liner than the Ghost but I don't think that boot is sold in Canada. Tommy and Lefebvre in Ottawa don't have it and neither do the Salomon dealers in Tremblant. I can get them for $350 online but then I have to pay shipping if they don't fit.
I just got the name of a CSIA level 4 professional boot fitter that I am going to visit soon. Hopefully he has some suggestions.
Edited by Pastuch - 11/28/10 at 10:16am