Questions on K2 Thraxis
I'm in the market for some new boots. I've currently got some Salomon Malamutes that have just gone too soft on me. I'm a big guy (6'3", 320lbs, Size 13 boot). I know at my size I put a lot of extra torque on my equipment than someone smaller will, so I don't have any super high expectations for how long equipment will last for me. The rest of my setup is Union Force MC Bindings and a Unity Dominion 170. I ride very fast and aggressive on steeps, and favor powder whenever I can find it.
I've been looking at going the BOA route for awhile not just for ease of use, but also that it should be a bit stiffer overall. I've tried out the insanos and they had some nasty pinch points for me. I've become drawn to the K2 line partly for the conda system which helps me a lot (real flat feet with inevitable heel lift).
From a model perspective I've gravitated towards the Thraxis for the stiffness and tweak ability of the boot; however, I don't have any retailers near me that would stock it in my size. As such I've tried on the Maysis to get an idea for fit which leaves a few questions:
1. Do k2 boots generally fit the same (length/footbed, i know stiffness etc is different) between models (especially Maysis and Thraxis)?
2. How tight should my toes initially be at the end of the boot, I know it will pack out, but how much? I had someone try and tell me I could do a 12 and it would pack out enough, but trying on 12 vs 13 in the Maysis I found the 12 unbearably painful (all toes jammed against the edge of the liner, just about curling). In the 13 they felt snug, they were touching the end of the liner but it wasn't painful. My concern is whether the 13 fits the way it 'eventually' should (and thus I should just try and pack out the 12), or if the 12 is way too tight and will never get loose enough/13 could get too loose.
3. Do you know of any major differences between 2012 and 2013 Thraxis that would make any substantial difference? I'm leaning towards 2012 to save some money.