WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A SKI BOOT?
Picking the perfect ski boot is a bit trickier than trying on normal shoes. There are several things to consider, such as the sole, the fit and the flex value. In this article we explain what these terms mean and what else you should look for when choosing the right ski boot.
Fit of the boot
The most important thing about a ski boot is the fit of the shoe. Simply put: how well does the shape of the boot fit the shape of your foot? Pay attention to the width, height of the instep, calf space, pressure distribution over the shin, heel hold and pressure on the ankles.
Width of the boot
The width (in mm) indicated by the manufacturer is the width of the inside of the boot. It is inconvenient that not all manufacturers measure the width at exactly the same place on the boot. In addition, the thickness and material of the liner has an influence on how wide the boot ultimately feels. Another important part of the fit is the sole. The sole ensures the correct position and support of the foot in the ski boot. Standard soles do not always offer sufficient support; a very large proportion of foot problems are solved with a good sole.
In addition to the fit, you should also pay attention to the "flex" or stiffness of the shoe when making your choice. All manufacturers indicate a 'flex value' on their models. The higher the number of the flex, the firmer and stiffer the shoe. Stiffness is important for transferring the pressure onto your skis. If you ski at high speed with a lot of pressure, you want the pressure and the steering impulses you give to be transferred as directly as possible to your skis. A ski boot with a high flex value moves less and transfers that pressure more directly. If you ski very quietly, this listens less closely. A softer and more forgiving shoe is then often fine.
Flex values are unfortunately not universal. Flex 100 of brand A can be softer than Flex 100 of brand B. However, the flex value does give a good indication of the sportiness of the ski boot. The men's models in our collection have flex values between 80 and 130, the women's models range from 70 to 120.
Customising your boots
With almost all models from our collection, we can customise the inner shoes. This means that we can adapt the inner shoe to your foot by heating the shoe. In addition, for a number of models it is also possible to customize the outer shell, which we call a 'custom shell'. By putting the shell in a special oven, the entire shell becomes deformable and adapts to the shape, width and height of your foot.
Because there are so many things to consider when picking out the perfect boot, it is very difficult to pick out ski boots online. Unless you already know exactly what you are looking for, it makes more sense to come into the shop and measure and fit. Together with you we can find out which boot suits your foot and your style of skiing. If necessary, we can also customize the ski boot for you.
FITTING SKI BOOTS
Because ski boots transmit your power and movement to the skis as precisely and precisely as possible, it is essential that they fit correctly. The right size is determined by:
- If you stand forward in your ski boots, in vorlage, then your toes should be 'free' from the front of the inner shoe.
- If you stand upright in your ski boots then you should be able to feel the front of the boot with your toes.
If the ski boots are too big, your foot will try to squeeze into the boot to transmit power. This can cause cramps and tired feet. So, if possible, always try on different sizes of the same ski shoe to find the most suitable size.
HOW ARE SKI BOOTS CONSTRUCTED?
A ski boot consists of different parts;
The hard plastic exterior is called the outer shell. The material used and its thickness provide the stiffness/flexibility of the ski boot.
The outer shell contains an inner boot filled with foam, which molds to the foot through heat or wear.
Ski shoes have 2 to 4 closures, called buckles. The lugs determine how tight the ski boot will be. Most ski shoes also have a so-called micro-adjustable snap, by turning the snap you can make very precise adjustments.
With the strap, you can also secure the ski boot at the top of the shin. In freestyle/freeride boots, you will see that this strap is very thick and functions almost as the 3rd or 4th shank of the ski boot.
The more expensive ski boots have this option. Canting allows you to adjust the sideways position of the shaft. This is particularly useful for skiers with x- or o-legs.
The spoiler is located behind the liner at the level of the calf muscle, which is not the case with all ski boots. This can be used to reduce the pressure on the calf muscle or to force one's posture more forward.