Posted on July 27, 2017 at 02:18 AM
The Official Comor Ski Boot Buying Guide
Ski boots are the most technical and difficult piece of ski equipment to buy, and they're also the most important. That's why most people choose to speak to a professional boot fitter and try on multiple ski boots before making their purchase. Since everyone's feet are unique and ski boots naturally tend to be uncomfortable, ski boot buying can be a process. Also, ability level and skiing style will affect the fit and type of boot the skier will find most suitable. This guide is intended to inform you on what to consider when buying your ski boots.
Ski boot fit is important for a variety reasons. To state the obvious, you spend long periods of time in your ski boots so it's important that they are comfortable with no serious pressure points. Pressure points can worsen over time, especially if you ski frequently, and cause your feet to build up defensive barriers such as bone spurs and callouses. These types of defense mechanisms can become problematic if not addressed.
Fit is also important from a performance perspective. The ski boot is the primary liaison between the body and the skis. Fit has a direct correlation with the skiers ability to control the skis, especially at higher speeds. Advanced, expert, and elite skiers who ski aggressively and at high speeds will demand a tighter fitting boot that may require professional boot punching. Beginners and intermediates, who do not demand such performance from their boots will be more pleased with a comfortable boot fit. The two general types of boot fit are:
Comfort fit - Suitable for beginner/intermediate skiers who are less aggressive and avoid high speeds. The comfort fit should yield consistent comfort from a specific foot size.
Performance fit - Recommended for experienced, advanced/expert skiers who ski fast and aggressively. A performance fit is generally 0.5 to 1 cm smaller than the comfort fit.
Ski boot size is measured in centimeters (cm) and corresponds with the length of your foot. Let this chart be a guide that assists you with your purchasing decision, but don't think it is everything you need to know before making that purchase. Much like human feet, each boot has a unique shape and will feel different when being worn.
|Comfort Fit||Performance Fit||Men (US)||Women (US)||Europe||UK|
Ski boot flex numerically refers to how difficult it is to bend the boot forward by pivoting the ankle and pressing the shins into the tongue of the boot. Typical terms that you'll hear being associated with flex are softness and stiffness. Softness being related to the ease of pushing forward, and stiffness being related to difficulty of doing so.
Softer boots are comfortable and forgiving, more suitable for beginners and more casual skiers. Stiffer boots are more stable and responsive, especially when skiing fast and aggressively. Stiff boots are intended for advanced and expert skiers.
The flex range of ski boots generally ranges from 60 (soft) at the low end to 130 (stiff) and above at the high end. The charts below give a more exact approximation of flex based on ability. Keep in mind that these charts are meant to be used as guidelines and that personal flex preference may take priority. Height and weight can play a key role in determining appropriate boot flex rating. Individuals who are heavier or taller than average will be able to apply more pressure and leverage to the front of their boots, allowing them to wear stiffer boots.
|Flex Rating - Men's||60-80||85-100||110-120||130+|
|Flex Rating - Women's||50-60||65-80||85-100||110+|
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