....And I honestly didn't feel much difference at the end of the season. I bind them very tight... does this maybe hinder that I feel disturbed by potential packing out? They are still stiff and comfortable, no pressure points or so. Maybe I'd feel a difference if I'd compare them to new ones though...
Well, you know kiddo. That is something you could easily do! Just take your old boots into the shop with you and compare them with a new pair, side by side! See if you can
notice a difference!
I'm still not very adept at distinguishing subtle differences in gear! Not enough varied riding experience yet I suppose! (...or I could just be "oblivious!")
Aside from trying something that feels grossly out of whack, or uncomfortable as hell, it's difficult for me to tell sometimes just exactly what it is that feels vaguely, or weirdly different in the way a new piece of gear feels or the way a new boot fits!
Having said that, with probably a little over 100 days on my boots, In my inexperience with bindings, tightening, fit, and the proper way to fit and heat mold them, I know
I prematurely packed them out in that first full season! Some of that I fixed after reading BA's repeated advice to others about going to a proper "Boot Fitter!!"
and not just some minimum wage sales clerk!!
To emphasize the importance of this point, in the very same ski/snowboard shop where I actually got the "proper" fitting? The first
salesperson I asked about a snowboard boot fitting, told me "there really wasn't anything that can be done to custom fit a snowboard boot."
Well thanks to BA & others here, I knew that was BS so I asked a manager! He happened to be the Boot Fitter too!
I got fitted with the proper wedges, C and L bars for heel lift and wound up springing for a $120 pair of custom molded, hard plastic footbeds! What a Difference!!!!
This last season, those fit fixes eliminated 85-95% of ALL
the foot discomfort I was having! I found my balance and riding improved, and I didn't have to unstrap from my board every third or fourth run to let my feet recover!!!!! Definitely
time and money well spent!!!!