How to choose ski boots


How to choose ski boots

Selecting an appropriate pair of boots is very important and some difficult because a great number of skiers are sold the wrong boot.

Generally a beginner level boot is more forgiving, but lack functionality. As skier gains experience he probably prefers performance than comfort oriented boot. Experienced skiers will likely find the lack of sensitivity in an entry level boot unsatisfying, especially if they are used to a higher level of performance.

In order to choose the boot-fit you should take into consideration many factor like that your level of experience and technical skill as a skier, the type of skiing you do, where you ski and your budget.

For selecting of boot fit is best done by a certified professional at a reputable ski shop. Since, incorrectly fitted ski boots can result in some probably accident or at the very least uncomfortable. If you can not find any experienced boot fitter available when you arrive at the store, or are shopping online. In this section there are some guidelines for helping you to choose the right boots.
  • Ski socks, not cotton or pure wool, rather a BLEND of wool and silk, Thermax, nylon, polypro or any hydrophobic material that will wick moisture away from the skin.

  • First, It is important to find your ski boot size

  • Once you get the boot with the right size, take out the lining. Usually the store assistant will help you with this. Then put your foot in the shell and move your toes all the way to the front. If you verify the distance between your heel and the back of the shell, there should be less than one inch of space. Also check the shell width, if it is too wide the lining of the boot may not conform correctly to the shape of your boot.

  • Don't forget when you try on the boot put on socks designed for skiing to ensure correct sizing. A quality sock will be a BLEND of wool and silk, Thermax, nylon, polypro or any hydrophobic material that will wick moisture away from the skin.

  • Unlike a simple boots, the ski boots will be sized smaller than you expect. In this boots your toe will touch the front of the boot. And the lining of the boot will compress as well, giving your toes additional room.

  • Usually an expert fitting take more than an hour. At first the tightness of a new boot may cause your foot to tingle or "fall asleep", but this signals are completely normal.