how did you downsize boots so much? where the others way to big?
yes you could benefit from a normal width board.
The Salomons fit me fine, but I do notice some heel lift on choppy stuff. To be honest, I'm surprised myself that I fit in a 10.5 boot. I tried on so many boots in the past month and I could fit in anything from a 10.5 to a 11.5, just depends on the boot and who made them. The Rides are really comfortable and when I flex forward my heel is held nice and tight.
Now to pick a board and binding.....any suggestions?