Can't choose boots for 2 years already. :(
I'm 5'11" (180cm) 155lbs (70kg) intermediate skier and I'm looking for one boot for everything. I ski medium speed carving and classic 60/40 on pist. I'd like to ski bumps and offpist but I don't have enough skills yet. I will never race. I think 100 Flex would be ok.
I measured 26.1 size and 99-100mm width with Salomon measuring device, normal instep, narrow calf.
I tried Salomon Shogun 26.0 (98mm last) and like it very much. Shell fit is a little bit less than 2 fingers (very hard to measure, difficult to put hand behind the heel). Shogun seemed very good, I need to buckle both buckles only to 2-3rd position to hold my foot tight. I had a chance to compare to Falcon 10 26.5, and I liked shogun more. I didn't feel any pressure points on my foot except some right foot side discomfort point in toe area (left foot is ok). I think this could be fixed by heating liners. Boots seem to be too comfortable. I tried 25.5 but they feel too small, toes are bent, I feel toes at the end even if I flex forward, difficult to buckle, very tight.
1. Do Shogun/Falcon/X3 liners pack out much? Please tell me that size 26.0 is ok for me.
2. Is Shogun is ok if I ski onpist most of the time (100% time right now) and more than 50% carving? Or I should search for X3 CS (Falcon CS)?
3. Do I need Custom shell? My foot is 2mm wider than boot last (98mm), but I don't feel any pain at least in the shop. But CS could help to reduce pressure on the right foot side if heating does not help. CS is some kind of insurance that boot will fit.
4. Which boot is warmer Shogun or X3 CS (Falcon CS)?
IMHO Shogun has stupid brown color.