Just bought a new pair of Tecnica Dragon 110 29.5's on line. Had tried on a fair number of boots at 29.5 and fits were good but either price was too high or flex was too soft...so thought I'd try the online Tecnica's as the price and flex were what I was looking for. If they didn't fit right I could send them back within 30 days.
I've got a rather pliable flattish foot and don't usually have any width or hot spot problems with boots. I also tend to buy my runners and and hockey skates with my foot just brushing the end and prefer my ski boots to be the same...but not to the pointing of jamming.
Did a shell fit on the Tecnica's and have a finger to a finger and a half behing the heel. Also did a liner fit and my big toe is slightly stretching the neoprene toe box. With liner in boot and standing in a relaxed skiing position big toe just touching the end of the boot with a very minor bit of pressure. Forward flex pulls the big toe off the end of the boot. Heel fit is excellent.
My concern. The length of the boot is a hair too short. If I upsize to a 30 the boot will be too big.
Question for you. Would a toe punch out easily fix this problem? Is the fact that I'm stretching the neoprene toe box an issue?