I just got a pair of Full Tilts in (classics) for a smokin deal. I went to check them against my old boots (nordica beasts) and found that the base was a good cm shorter.
Slap them on my solomons (2011 Lords with STH 14s) to check the center line and find that they want to be all the way back in the binding to align center marks.
First thought - crap.
Second thought - epoxy isn't too expensive.
Third thought - why the hell is the base of these boots so different? They're both 27.5.
I can either run them off center by tightening up the rear adjustment screw or I'm going to have to have my bindings remounted. I mounted them myself last year for my boots and had no issue. I was thinking of having the release tested this year since it felt a bit light and I like my knees.
So, the real question is, how important is alignment of the boot center mark to ski center mark? I can probably just tighten up the rear and be happy with it. I'd rather let the epoxy cure for a few days before skiing these. I'm due for winter park in two weeks.
Thoughts? I live in Missouri - I have to send my skis up to St Louis to have them worked on if I decide to have remounts... (unless I remount them myself. Again.$5 in epoxy isn't a big deal. But it's $30 for binding adjust and $50 for mount and adjust. I can save pain by just having them mounted and adjusted.
This is why you never buy boots based on size (27.5) but rather on boot sole length, the millimeter measurement of the sole. If my memory serves correct, a 27 Beast is 315 mm and a 27 FT Original is 310mm (a 28 is 318mm). Unless you got fit specifically for that size somewhere, you most likely bought the wrong size boot.
Not necessarily. Their wall thickness is thinner in some spots but not so much thinner to account for a size 28 being a 318mm BSL when the standard is 325mm. They really just have irregular jumps between shell sizes and you need to be aware of that when selecting your size.