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Ski Boots

What are Ski Boots?

Ski boots are the most essential piece of skiing equipment. Ski boots are responsible for transferring your instructions to your skis.

Women's Ski Boots

If you are a woman looking for ski boots, you should look for boots that are specifically designed for a woman. Women have physical differences from men that affect ski boot performance, and ski boot fit.

It is best not to buy unisex boots. Women often have shorter legs, less weight and a lower center of gravity than men. Differences in the male and female anatomy makes it more difficult for women to flex in unisex boots.

The tops of most women's ski boots end lower on your leg and are made of softer materials. These differences will help solve the leverage issue. To stay forward, some women's boots include a rear spoiler (plastic reinforcement), and some are designed with more "ramp angle", placing your heel is slightly higher than your toes.

Buying Ski Boots

When you buy your ski boots, go to your local ski shop that has a well-qualified boot fitter on hand. The boot fitter will measure your foot for your ski boot size. The ski boot sizing method is called MONDO point sizing. It is best if you bring a pair of skiing specific socks. Socks with a blend of synthetic materials and wool often work best.

To determine what kinds of ski boots best suits you, there are a few things you should consider.

  1. The total number of ski days per season.
    • Best for skiing in the wet northeast or for people who spend lots of time above treeline
  2. Type of skiing.
    • Recreational skiers should opt for a more comfortable, flexible boot,
    • Performance skiers should buy a stiffer, more supportive boots.
  3. Male or female
    • Women should use ski boots that are designed for women.
    • Men should use ski boots that are designed for men.

Ski Boot Features

Ski boots need to fit properly and comfortably to for a good ski day.

Ski boots offer several features. Some features to consider when buying ski boots:

  • Size of outer shell.
    • The outer shell is usually made of a stiff plastic. It is important to buy the proper shell size because it will not flex or change at all.
  • Inner Boot
    • The inner boot is padded. It is designed to protect you from impacts and keep your feet warm.
    • It is best to make sure the lining is snug and the shape matches your feet.
    • The more you use your boots, the more compressed the boot becomes.
  • Power Strap
    • The power strap at the top end of the ski boot helps give the boot a snug fit.
  • Entry Point
    • Rear-entry boots usually offer superior comfort and ease of fastening. These are the best for beginners.
    • Front-entry boots provides optimum precision and control. (Also called Top-Entry Boots).
    • Mid-entry boots offer the advantages of both front-entry and back-entry boots.
  • Flex Adjustment
    • Flex adjustment will allow you to change the amount of resistance to the forward movement of the ankle. You can change it and make the flex stiffer or softer.
  • Forward Lean Adjustment
    • This is used to change your stance and center of mass.
  • Lateral Upper-Cuff Adjustment
    • Great for bowlegged or knock-kneed people.
    • Allows you to shift the upper boot.
  • Ramp Angle Adjustment.
    • Allows you to shift your center of mass forward or backward.
  • Ski Walk Adjustment
    • Allows for a more natural walking motion.
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