Technical ski boot features
Now that you know the basics to fitting your ski boots, let’s talk technical details and terminology. Ski boots offer a number of different technical features, both custom and built in, designed to enhance your performance, comfort, and ease of use.
The boot flex is its ability to bend forward at the ankle joint. The paradox of ski boots is that though they need to be stiff to support and provide control, they also need to bend in order to allow skiers to absorb pressure and balance. An indication of how difficult a boot is to flex is usually given by a number ranging from 50 to 150. Racers will tend to have boots 120 and above because they apply greater pressures to boots when skiing whereas recreational skiers are usually happy with a flex of 80-110.
Remember though each manufacture has its own way of designing boots, and though they may have a similar published flex rating, you will only be able to tell if it is right for you by trying it on.
Our boot labs are able to repair many boot problems from replacing buckles to heels and toes - in most cases we can get the parts you need to make your boots good as new. Speak to our boot lab technicians who can provide a guide to services and prices.