Material Guide/ Alpine skiboots
Our 4 tips to choose your ski boots
Choosing the right ski boot is essential. It is, in fact, what makes the link between your foot and your ski. The shoe must give you strength and comfort. It will transmit information to the ski, energy, but also insulate your foot, protect it from the cold.
1) Determine your level and type of practice
To choose a shoe perfectly suited to your foot, it is important to know the level and the type of practice.
Clearly define your level: beginner / intermediate / senior / expert, as well as your type of practice: Track, Freeride, Freestyle, All mountain, Rando ...
2) Determine the flex of your shoe
Evaluation of your practice but also your level of skiing as well as your size will result into the right choice of flex of your shoe.
The flex, what is it? This is the indicator of strength of your shoe. The greater it is, the more your shoe will be rigid, and therefore reactive. In contrast, a softer flex will be more tolerant, and more comfortable. The choice of flex is crucial.
For men, generally it is assumed that:
• A flex from 60 to 70 is designed for beginners to intermediate
• A flex from 80 to 110 is designed for intermediate to advanced skiers
• A flex from 120 to 150 is designed for expert skiers
• A flex too rigid for the average skier will be a limiting factor in its progression.
• For a very heavy and powerful skier, it will increase the flex of the boot.
For women, it is considered that:
• A flex from 50 to 70 is designed for beginner to intermediate skiers
• A flex 80 to 90 is for intermediate skiers to confirmed
• A flex 100 to 110 is for expert skiers
Also, the type of practice is crucial: It does not require a shoe Freestyle the same qualities of strength and flex as a trail shoe, where the power transfer is very important.
3) Select the width of your shoe
Each foot is unique, so it is important to choose the pair of shoes, and take the time when buying.
The figure given as the last of the shoe corresponds to its width at the forefoot. Ranging from 92mm to 104mm, each foot can find the width of shoe that suits him. The last of the shoe is given for a sample size of 26.5, but know that if your foot is bigger, the width of the shoe you will try later.
The wrap your foot must be uniform, and good support at the metatarsal and heel is required. However, the toes should move freely. The foot should not be compressed.
4) Choose the size of your shoe
Finally, it is necessary to choose the size of the ski boot. This is measured in Mondo Point or MSS-Metric Sizing System. It is the foot length in centimeters (link sizing chart). Flexed, toes must come touch the tip of the shoe.
So take time to choose your shoe, and remember:
• Whether your ski sock is also a major element of the comfort of your foot.
• To maintain a tightening margin during the test of the shoe. Indeed, when the foot is warm and expanded.
• To keep in mind that the liner will settle a bit after a few outings on snow.