As a last ditch effort before I take the $500.00 Surefoot plunge I'm thinking about replacing the stock liners on my Heads to a thermo liner. I'm not sure how this is going to work since the stock liner has a beefed up shin section that would surely be missed? What have others done to get a custom fit on their Heads? The only thing I have "custom" now is Superfeet footbeds which probably aren't the best but should be better than the stock footbeds. I also went to REI and "molded" the thermofit liners with the "hair dryer" tubes and it didn't seem to matter much.
A little history: My issue is a width issue. It's gotten better since I switched from narrow SB225s to the Heads but it's still pretty painful. I have not tried Deeluxe shells as I've been told they are narrower anyways. It's gotten to the point now that I don't even bother with the 2nd buckle up from the toe. I just do the ankle, shin, and powerstrap and leave the bottom two buckles undone. The furthest (toe) buckle has never seemed to do anything anyways; even on the tightest setting I don't notice any pressure difference between the buckle being engaged or not. My toes start to get numb which contributes to the pain-especially if it's cold (they obviously go numb faster when I ride with all buckles fastened). I had a pair of SB325's that I had stretched in Aspen at SES 06 by a fitter recommended by Jim Callen. That was ok-it didn't cost me a ton of cash and they seemed to know what they were doing. The guy stretched the shells and I hit the slopes. Still painful so I went back and he stretched them some more to the point of the buckles starting to distort. He didn't want to go any further as he was pushing the integrity of the shells (his words). The whole time this was going on I was staring at the Surefoot out the shops window in envy. Too bad Bordy didn't do his foam bladder review sooner. I bought some Heads later in that season and as mentioned earlier they've been better, but still not perfect.
Oddly enough the "best" fitting pair of boots I've owned were 2.0 MP bigger than my shell test size results. I've actually had thoughts of trading up to a bigger pair of shells to remedy my width situation, but that just seems like a band aid. I'd like to get this issue fixed properly once and for all. It's too bad that they closed the Surefoot in Taos because I'm looking at 6+ hours to Breck or 7+ hours to Aspen on top of the cost of the orthodics+bladders. The biggest problem I have with going the Surefoot route is the shop isn't remotely local to me so I'll have to do 12-14 hours round trip to get any fine tuning done. Granted I would head to Aspen/Breck and get the fitting done first, ride some, let them do fine tuning if needed, and ride some more. I'd actually want to do at least two days of this "testing" to ensure they got it right. If I'm shelling out that kind of cash I expect properly fitting boots once and for all....you know the all-day-comfortable boots that everybody else seems to attain without this much headache.
Well enough of the rant. If you've used thermos in Heads I'd love to hear about whether it worked or not.
Oh yeah I saw a podiatrist in the offseason and he started some custom footbeds for me. I was all about it until my insurance said no dice on the coverage and the doc said they were $400. I figure for that price I'd just get the works at Surefoot.