Thanks for all the suggestions. I recently went to a few shops and all of them said I was most likely wearing boots that were one size too big. The boots I currently have, fit fine at the store but after packing out, not so much.
Since it's end of season, there aren't many sizes left to try, so I'm just gonna wait 'till the start of next season to look again.
I replaced my Casas with Salomon Ivys - LOVE them! Very comfortable, no pressure points, much more support, warm, etc. If you want an even stiffer boot, the Kianas are also very nice.
I saw the Salomon Kiana and at first glance, saw how narrow the heel was, which was a plus
I tried the Salomon Ivy but felt my heels lifting still. Just learned that there's a Salomon store in my area so hopefully they'll have a larger range of boot models available to try.
As far as women's boots, my daughter just got the 2011 Sapphire and says they are very comfy and have great heel hold. It took her a day or two to break them in but now they are great.
Thanks for mentioning the Sapphire, haven't seen many reviews on them but now they're on my radar when boot-shopping next time. I was also hoping to try the Burton Sapphire, Emerald and Q.
Originally Posted by Edwin S. Darden
Vans offers a number of boot that I think have what you are looking for in Boa or lace. Great heel hold, supportive footbeds, and a pretty roomy toe box!
I personally have salomon everything except for my boots, I rock a pair of northwave Devine's... My Northwaves haven't failed me at alllll. They've lasted me through 3 season, and I doubt it'll see many more cuz I rode the shit out of them. Very comfy, and very light.
Hmm, never considered Vans and Northwave, I'll keep those in mind now. I came across a couple of Northwave boots at a store once but I honestly glanced over them, I seemed more focused on the Salomons and Burtons at the time.
My girlfriend has ridden the Kianas all season and she loves them. Comfy enough that she laces up and doesn't unlace until the end of the day. Only thing is that her insoles looked pretty beat up after only about 6 days so we replaced them with pink superfeet.
Glad you mentioned that! I was considering getting some good insoles and see if that would help, in addition to getting new boots. I'm all about comfort riding this upcoming winter - no more unlacing my boots 'cuz they were uncomfortable.