Before I bought this last pair of Nikes I probably tried on 20 pairs of boots. Im sure Ill do the same thing again
I was hoping to narrow it down some before going in but you're right, that's the best way to figure it out.
I am interested in the FT sytem though. Aren't there 4 or 5 'zones' to tighten? Do you have trouble getting enough muscle to pull me tight enough?
Yeah, it's really the best and only way. I spent far longer in time and miles searching for a boot than I had originally planned. But it was with a good boot fitter that I found a pair that worked best for me. See if you can try boots while a fitter is working. I had well-intentioned shop kids try to help prior, but they just didn't have the same knowledge or experience as a fitter.
The FT on my model boot has an inner lace system and an outer. The outer has two pulls while the inner has one.
A helpful thing is to rotate your foot in both directions while pulling the inner lace. I usually do that with my foot elevated (standing on my other foot). When I do the outer laces up, I flex a bit down with my foot on the ground so it's not too tight where it shouldn't be.
I don't have a problem with having enough strength for it, but I have a lot of upper body strength
Regardless, if you use leverage while tightening (push down with your foot as you pull up), you should be fine.