snowpigI have the Tecnica Cochise 110 with custom insoles. Was ok last season, but this season I got a terrible pressure point on top of the feet, around the instep, when the 1st tarsal begins, more on the right foot. I did start doing some park this year, so some jumping etc, also more aggressive skiing as I am becoming less lame. It does seem to be ok if I am just cruising and then start hurting once I hit the park.
So... the weekend after posting this I put some foam around the pressure points which made it a bit more bearable. Then a few days after I went to a bootfitter, who put some stuff under the footbed to make it more stable. This definitely fixed the ankle/navicular pressure points again, which is great. But didn't really fix the instep pressure point at the joint of the first tarsal.
I do have huge issues with my stance, with supination in the right foot and pronation on the left, so I realise no boot will be perfect, but the comfort fit of the Cochise I guess lets my feet move too much in different directions, while the instep is not as roomy and thus the pressure point. It works ok if I just ski slopes, but if I start jumping, trying to butter and stuff, it becomes painful very quickly, and I didn't buy the Line Blend to ride it like a dad.
From what I read Full Tilts provide a more snug fit, I also like the progressive flex idea and I think it will suit my style. The intuition liner should make it more comfortable (the Cochise liner is thin shit). I am just unsure about the fit and the problem is they are not available in my city so I have to buy online (only the touring models are sold here).
On another note, my self-measured foot measurements are 29cm length, 102mm last, 28cm instep, I'm in a 28.5 FT First Chair 8-- booster straps, custom footbeds, molded intuition powerwraps.
My feet are almost the same - 29.2, 103mm last, 28.5 instep. My current boots are 29.5 and the Full Tilts shell size is like 8mm shorter for 29.5. I was thinking of getting 29.5 again, but you ride 28.5 and complain that it's too big?
Can anyone advice:
- how much roomier is the Soul shell vs the Original, do they differ in instep area at all?
- most people seem to enjoy the wrap liner, but some prefer tongue. Which would work better for me?
- I am thinking Classics or last year's First Chair (which used the wrap liner). Or drop kick pro + stiffer tongue.