So I have been using some $150 fischer ski boots for the last 2 years and I am more than likely going to need new boots next year since my feet have grown a bit. This year it seems like more than last I have been getting some killer shin bang. I ski every weekend and after skiing Saturday it's not that bad, Sunday it's definately there and on 3 day weekends I have to stick with groomers basically or just go gome. Every little bump hurts, infact I am sometimes limping in my boots. I know for a fact I am not a big backseat skier, I get backseat accidently in some circumstances, but so does everybody. I notice no difference from tightening up the 2 buckles and power strap about as tight as I can make them from just making them a few notches looser, either way, my calf can travel forward and back in the boot a little bit which may contribute, I don't know. I didn't know about caring for boots when I got them so I have never buckled them when I am not wearing them if that would make any difference, I actually let them sit all summer unbuckled. Basically I just don't want to be able to ski 2 days in a row and then take a break because of shin bang. There is not too much longer in my season so I can use these for the rest of this year but then I definately need new boots next season.
I don't know about getting boots custom fitted simply because I don't have that kind of money on top of the price of new boots. The new boots will likely have to be under 300 dollars but I could maybe stretch another $50 if need be.