4 TIPS FOR CHOOSING 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 proper ski boot will give you strength and comfort while skiing. It will transmit energy and control to your ski while insulting and protecting your foot.
1. DETERMINE YOUR LEVEL AND TYPE OF SKIING
To choose a ski boot perfectly suited to your foot, it is important to know your level and the type of skiing. Ben Valentin or Tessa Worley, although both expert skiers will not choose the same shoe because their practice is completely different. Clearly define your level: beginner / intermediate / senior / expert, as well as the type of skiing you will be performing: on Trail, Freeride, Freestyle, All mountain, Touring...
2. DETERMINE THE FLEX OF YOUR BOOT
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 boot. Flex, what is it? This is the indicator of strength of the boot. The greater it is, the more rigid your boot will be, 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. Warning: a flex too rigid for the average skier will be a limiting factor in 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 skiing is crucial: A Freestyle skier does not require the same strength and flex as an on trail skier, where power transfer is very important.
3. SELECT THE WIDTH OF YOUR BOOT
Each foot is unique, so it is important to choose the right pair of boots, and take the time when buying.
The figure given as the last of the boot corresponds to the width at the forefoot. Ranging from 92mm to 104mm, each skier can find the width of boot that suits them best. The length of the boot is given for a sample size of 26.5, but know that if your foot is bigger, the width of the boot will also need to be larger. The pressure around your foot must be uniform for good support of the metatarsal and heel.
The toes however, should move freely. The foot should not be compressed.
4. CHOOSE THE SKI BOOT SIZE
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 flexed. Toes must barely touch the tip of the boot. So take the time to choose the right boot, and remember:
• Your ski sock is also a major element of comfort and fit.
• Maintain a fit margin while trying on boots. Your foot will expand as it warms up.
• Keep in mind that the liner will compress a bit after a few outings on snow.