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Choosing your ski boots

Advice
Jan 25, 2017
Choosing your ski boots

Ski boots are the most important element of your equipment. Interface between the skier's foot and the ski, the boot has a fundamental role to practice skiing in the best conditions. Feeling good about your shoes is essential to enjoy your favourite winter sport.

 

The role of the ski boot

You will understand, the ski boot has an important role in the practice of skiing. It is through it that the pulses are transmitted to the ski. It must therefore respond to various factors.

At first, to be comfortable on your skis, the boot must bring you balance. For more dynamism in turns, the latter must also properly wrap your foot. Indeed, a good hold of the foot is very important to ensure the contact on the ground and to favor the pivoting. It also allows a good control of the edge taking and a better driving of the ski. For this, your ski boot should bring you a good heel, but also ankle, leg and front of the foot.

Finally, for a maximum of comfort, your ski boot must respect the anatomy of your foot.

To choose the right ski boot, you need to pay attention to the elements that they present. This will help you know which model best suits your specifications.

 

The length of your foot

To know your exact size, the ideal is to go to a ski rental shop. A skiman can then measure the length of your foot using a pedimeter.

This system makes it possible to make a correspondence between the length of the foot and that of the shell of the boot. To be sure to find the right size, measure both feet. There may be a difference between your left foot and your right foot. You will then have to retain the measure of the largest foot.

 

The flex index

To give an indication on the hardness of the boot, the brands have defined a flex index. Generally between 60 and 150, these values will indicate the level of rigidity of your material. The higher the value, the stiffer the shell.

You will choose this index according to your level and your build. To make it simple, a 60 flex is suitable for beginners. The one from 70 to 90 is designed for intermediate levels. A good skier will choose a flex from 100 to 130. But it all depends also on the weight, the size and the power of the skier, let us not forget!

Even more rigid models are aimed at specialists in downhill skiing. That is why it is more difficult to find ski boots with a flex of 150.

 

The metatarsal width

The metatarsus corresponds to the widest part of the forefoot. This measurement will give you an idea of the width of the shell that suits you. The less space between the shell and your foot, the more precise you will be.

It is not simple to know if your foot is wide or not. The best way to know the width that suit best for you is, once again, to try different models with a technical advisor.

 

Now, the ski boots have no secrets for you! It's time to enjoy the slopes with the model that suits you.