After 8 years and close to 350 days my Tecnica Icon Alu's are finally done. I have been trying on several different boots in the last few weeks and am having a bit of trouble. My bootfitter put me in the following and I have included my thoughts on them. Oh yeah, my left foot is exactly 255mm and my right foot is 250mm. I have super skinny heels/lower legs and insanely high insteps with a 98mm forefoot. My Icons are size 25's and with custom insoles they have served me well with only a little bit of boot fitting done (altered the liner and shell on my right foot for the freakishly high instep).
Lange RS130-I believe that is the model; whichever the new blue langes are. They fit extremely well everywhere except the insteps, super painful on both feet there. My bootfitter has said he can do some grinding there, but he said these new langes only have a 3/4 length footboard that is very thin and he can't get a ton of instep height out of them, so I am concerned it won't be enough.
Tecnica Inferno Blaze-This boot felt very similar to my Icon's with the exception of heel pocket grip; my heel was swimming. I would have bought the boots immediately if it weren't for the roomy heel.
Salomon X3 CS?-Whichever one is the 120 Flex white sally. This boot felt a little roomy for me in the forefoot. I know it is a 98mm boot, but it didn't fit as snug as the Lange or Tecnica.
My bootfitter has said that I may want to try and find one of the 08/09 or 09/10 Tecnica Agent 130 models. He says it has a decent instep height with a bootboard that can be ground down enough if needed but with a super snug heel and forefoot. He says it uses the same shell as the Diablo Pro from the same year but is a little softer and has some gel in the tongue and a little bit warmer/plusher liner over the Diablo Pro.
Ultimately I guess my questions are: is he on the right track? Does the Agent 130 have a tighter heel pocket than the new Inferno line from Tecnica? Will this fit feel similar to my Icons? Is the sizing similar to my Icons (should I order the same size I have had luck with?)
He has encouraged me to order the boot online since he can't get one and then bring it to him for fitting. I know that sounds weird, but my family has been using this same shop in Colorado Springs since the 70's, so we have a great relationship.