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DowsesWaxThanks for the quick reply. So the measured length of your foot is not important but rather the distance between your heel and the back of the boot?
DowsesWaxI told the fitter they I ski very aggressively so this could be his reasoning. I'm going to be skiing around 100 days next season at Jackson Hole which has some pretty intense terrain. Do you think I would be wise to follow his recommendation and size down? I do want to be comfortable but I also want to have a high performing fit, but not at the cost of foot pain going down.
DowsesWaxI never said that I asked to try a specific brand or model. When I got my foot measured by a bootfitter a couple months ago (ended up just buying liners) she told me that she would fit me in a 26.5. That is why I am wondering why another bootfitter wants me in a 25.5.
NegromancerGo back to the boot fitter and do a shell check in the 25.5 and see how much space you've got like how onenerdykid said.
I'd probably guess that you'd want to be in the smaller size if you're skiing aggressively (skiing fast, dropping cliffs, hitting jumps, etc) you get a tighter higher performance fit in a smaller boot however it is impossible to tell whether you should be in 25 or 26 with the information provided.
DowsesWaxthis might be a dumb question but how are you supposed to measure the space in the shell? i can't imagine how you'd fit a measuring device in there. i don't think i could eyeball the difference between 1 or 2 cm.
onenerdykidDoing a shell check by yourself is honestly not that easy. Someone who is trained to do this will either have a good feel for it (based on how many fingers can fit behind your heel) or they have special dowels to check the space.
DowsesWaxThe only thing I'm curious about is that its described by Salomon as a frontside on-piste racing boot. Does the fact that its called a frontside or piste boot mean that it will have lesser performance in soft snow and powder skiing?