The ski boot is the element of connection between your feet and your skis, you’ll have to endure during long days (and Yes when you go skiing take advantage!) and this in extreme conditions in terms of temperature. In addition these shoes are your way of control over your skis, thus ensuring that they are perfectly adapted to your morphology to pass up the efforts made by your body and your legs.
Manufacturers strive to design more comfortable shoes for men and women, but you must however before any compulsive purchase check a few things.
The liner refers to the part which serves as point of contact with the foot. Environment models and top of the range are equipped with thermo-formable slippers, under this term a little barbaric hides a technology that will do the job of adjustment between the shape of your feet and your shoes for you.
The flex of the hull is meanwhile the resistance of the shoe to bend your leg. More flex has a high stiffness (> 100), the more we can achieve the performance. The flex must above all be adapted to your level of skier, if you are not yet a chamois of gold, or that you are new or are of low template, it is better to focus on a low flex to ensure a better flexion of the ankle. (low to moderate: from 50 to 70)
The hooks and the velcro strap at the level of the tibia go for their shares settle the micrometric clamping of the shoe. Everything depends here mainly on the material used, that this will alter hooks fasteners, ranging from the lightest to the most solid (e.g. aluminum is very solid, instead the plastic is fragile). The velcro strap makes it better to your support at the level of the tibia, and it also allows you to improve the transmission of effort (depending on the length of the strap). More you’re going to fine-tune your hooks and velcro straps, you’ll be comfortable in your shoe and your gliding sensation will be affected.
Tips to try your ski boots
When you will put on your feet in the shoe, close the hooks until the first teeth, generally, your foot is distended by the heat. However, this will not be the case at the top of the mountain… and your liner will lose about 10% of its volume. Please ensure that the heel comes off when you bend forward.
Another important thing, the front of your foot must be perfectly maintained because it’s role is to lead the skis.
Your ideal shoe should be precise, as comfortable as possible as well as hot. If you feel a pressure point too important to your ankle, go to another model. It’s a global rule but it is often true, tend to take your ski boots with an extra size to your usual size. Finally, keep in mind not to get fooled by the hype that tends to show you beautiful shoes at the stunning look that will make you appear for the King of the track but in reality you will suffer martyrdom, a beautiful shoe is a shoe in which you feel good!