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SKI BOOT BUYING GUIDE


Your ski boots are an investment. They'll be your companions on the slopes for many years to come, and choosing the right ones will keep your performance at its peak and comfort to a maximum. We've put together our key things to look out for, but we always recommend visiting us in-store for a fitting with our experts.

Ability

Skiers of different abilities will require different features from a boot, so your ability is the first thing to consider when choosing a ski boot. And be honest.

 

BEGINNER

 

You're a new skier, or have skied a few times before. You've mastered your snowplough and use it to stop on the nursery slopes, possibly linking your turns together too.

 

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

 

Your skis are parallel most of the time and you're confident going at slightly higher speeds on different grades of slopes. You may even have ventured into off-piste, park or backcountry skiing.

 

EXPERT

 

A confident skier who's visited many resorts and taken on all terrains and conditions, you're ready to develop your freestyle or off-piste skiing in high-performance equipment.

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Foot Profile

This is where our experts come in. They'll determine which ski boots are best for you by looking at your foot width, volume and heel and creating a 3D foot profile from which to select the best boots for you to try. If you already know your foot profile, look for boots which are suited to your measurements, or visit us in-store for our recommendations.

Flex

A ski boot's flex is its ability to bend at the ankle. Your boots should be stiff enough to provide support and control, but flexible enough to aborb pressure and help you to balance. Our experts will be able to advise on the right flex for you, but the most important thing to consider is whether it's comfortable.

Size and Fit

Ski boot sizes are measured on a scale called Mondo Point. Your Mondo Point size is, simply, the length of your foot in centimetres. So, if your foot is 26.5cm long, your Mondo Point size is 26.5. This is the best starting point for getting the right fit, but the process is far from over.

 

Visit us in-store for a free custom boot fitting with our experts. We'll evaluate how well your boots fit and spot-stretch them to relieve any points of pressure for ultimate comfort on the mountains. 

 

We can also create custom moulded footbeds to go inside your brand new boots for the perfect fit and superior support, especially if you've experienced issues with your feet previously.

 

We recommend allowing at least two hours for your boot fitting session, to give our experts enough time to match you with your perfect boot and get the fit just right.

Socks

Socks are really important to getting the best fit. If you've got a favourite pair of ski socks, make sure you wear them to your boot fitting so you get the best possible representation of how the boots will feel on the slopes. If you don't already own ski socks, our experts will help you choose the right pair.