3 Seasons ago I was fitted for some Atomic Live Fit 100s and over time have discovered a few shortcomings with the fit. The first season they were like a dream, I was a fairly casual skier but they were comfy to cop all day was happy with the fit. Keeping in mind, I was cruising groomers all day. The past two seasons however, I am finding a few issues with their performance in regards to my progression as I begin to hit the harder slopes, send jumps and traverse through tight tree sections.
1. I am getting heavy toe bang on landings and through bumpy sections.
2. Although my bindings are tight, at faster speeds it's becoming hard to keep my skis parallel. Even though my knees and feet are locked, On the odd occasion my skis cross and I'm unsure its whether there is too much play in the front of my boots.
3. A few recent stacks I have felt my foot and ankle more significantly in my boot, likely due to higher impact.
3. On trying to solve both of the above, I have cranked down the toe buckle to the point where I cannot walk after session due to intense pain.
I have found limited info on the net regarding this boot, but have been told they are a good boot for the 'once a year' skier. As I get more involved and head out every week or so, should i invest in a new pair of boots? The Live Fits only have 2 buckles, so could its limited tightness setting be holding me back? The season here in Aus is about to wrap up and am happy to invest in a dope pair for next season but wanted some advice before I do so!
A few specs if it matters,
skill: Between a 2 and a 3 all mountain, but going to try learn park next season.
sticks: line chronic 2019
Boot sounds like it is simply too big for you and/or wrong shape for your foot. The number of buckles is semi-irrelevant (the most popular park boot of all time was the SPK with 2 buckles) and the most important aspects of a good fit is to make sure the shape of the boot is right for your foot shape and to always buy a supportive footbed in addition to the boot purchase.
This is what you do:
1. Research in your area (or where you will be skiing) which shops are the best boot-fitters
2. Call them and make an appointment (budget at least 1 hour, maybe 2)
3. Trust their boot recommendation that is based on your foot shape, budget, and footbed needs.
4. Enjoy the best boot for you, for all types of skiing.
FYI- at this time of the year, shops do not have all boot options in stock. Some things are sold out already, so you might not find the ideal solution for your needs. Your best bet is do this in the beginning of the year when all options are available.