I am very happy with my Apex MC1 boots as you will see if you watch this video.
I am a 62 year old with very severe foot problems that (in old type ski boots) almost made me give up skiing. I started to snowboard but simple board boots also hurt. I skied in racing/ high performance boots from Lange, Technica, and Nordica all my skiing life that I had fit too large for because I could not bear the pain when I tried to use a snug fit in my worst foot, then had a lot of heel lift as a result.
I spent almost as much as the original price of boots in custom boot-fitting services to get boots to work no matter what boots I used or tried. Except for a custom foot bed I have no modifications on my Apex boots. I do not have ANY heel lifting in my boots when skiing of boarding in my MC1s’ and they fit right out of the box!
As I see it the extra cost of the Apex boot is easily offset by myself not requiring a lot of custom boot-fitting work, plus I get a good snowboard boot as well. It is nice (but not the most important part) that I can walk easily in the removable liners, and I do not slip on icy areas.
If your boots fit well without pain GREAT, ski on, otherwise try the APEX! The Apex boots are NO compromise as some think but are superior to OLD style boots and I prove it!