Break in continues to go well. The toes are just about perfectly stretched to each of my toes, and the ankles have creased beautifully.
However, for going down hills and walking in unsteady rocks, the issue of their excessive roominess elsewhere in the boot had to be addressed. Even with a substantial insole, the boot's sides close well before snugging up on my foot, even in winter mountaineering socks. I've become ptetty good over the years at skyving and trimming insoles to meet my needs, but this was a particularly elaborate job requiring multiple prototypes:
If they seem extreme, it just goes to show how excessive the room in the midfoot and shaft is compared to the perfectly fitting toes and overall ideal length of the boots. The shafts are still less snug than I'd like at the top, but after several walks in the snowy woods and climbing some trees, they seem to have been remedied where it counts. I still think the pattern for these boots must have been created with wearing pants tucked into them in mind. Excepting the morbidly obese, there's no one with this foot size and legs this thick. @RancourtCo
, given that I'm not the only person who's had to take extreme measures to remedy this, if you ever make a new seven eyelet pattern, perhaps you could fix this. I otherwise love these boots, and would be first in line to buy them.