PeaHead96Yeah I trust his advice completely, just sucks because I was willing to buy the professional series liner at the shop when I went to get these boots fitted.
I’ve got the new atomic booster strap on them. I’ll try out the beer coozie trick and see if that helps out. I appreciate the advice man
In general, your boot-fitter is not wrong since we don't promote the Hawx Mimic Professional liner for the Hawx XTD boots because the liners don't have a flex zone in the Achilles area. When most people buy a Hawx XTD boot, they think the liner should move well in conjunction with the cuff during walk mode. A Mimic Professional liner will reduce the amount of cuff ROM (there's for sure some but not as much) so it just depends on what you are looking for out of the liner. And because the last dimensions are the same between a regular Hawx and a Hawx XTD, the fit is seamless.
When it comes to resort days or short tours/hikes, most of our athletes put a Mimic Professional liner into their Hawx XTD boot and swap back for the more flexible liner for longer tours.
It's all about being aware of the compromises you make and being ok with them. From your original post, it sounded like that would be a worthwhile compromise as long as it held your foot/ankle/leg in place. So If that sounds reasonable to you or matches what you are looking to do, then go for it.