The time is upon us. Winter is just around the corner, the days are getting shorter and next seasons ski stock is starting to flood into stores. But, before you get carried away with what the season holds for you, it is important to have a look at what could either make or break your winter get away. Yes, I am talking about your ski boots. This year we have seen some exciting new products in our stores, like the new Atomic Hawx range or the award winning Salomon QST hike and ride boot.
Remember to check our Ski Boot Buying Guide to help you pick the right boot for your foot.
So ask yourself, is it time to change your ski boots? Don’t worry if so, we have compiled a list of what’s new and hot from this year’s ski boots to help you decide on a boot.
What’s New This Year?
The legendary Atomic Hawx ski boot has been a favourite among the industry for years. The ski boot was created from the idea of finding the perfect fit, this ideology has led it to become the world’s best-selling all mountain, medium fitting boot.
Following the success of the Hawx ski boot, Atomic extended its range, adding two new boots to the Hawx range in an attempt to offer that same perfect fit philosophy to everyone.
The Atomic Hawx’s new Progressive Shell has added reinforcement in key areas of the boot to reduce thickness and weight, whilst it’s reinforced Energy Backbone provides extra strength and edge grip for powerful skiing.
Atomics’ Memory Fit heat mouldable shell can be found throughout the Atomic Hawx range, allowing boot fitters to stretch the last width by 6mm. The Memory Fit shell, partnered with their Memory Fit 3D Liner allows quick and easy customization to relieve pressure points, whilst maintaining superb foot hold.
This hike and ride boot is unlike any other cross over boot on the market, with 40-degree range of motion, it hikes like a lightweight touring boot however, has the skiing performance of a three-piece alpine boot. Salomon has added to the three-piece boot design with a Endofit tongue taken form their running shoes. This tongue wraps around both side of the foot, taking up any unwanted space and creating excellent hold.
The QST Pro upper shell is made out of a ridged polyurethane giving you increased power, responsiveness and control, whilst the lower shell comes with Salomon’s’ Custom Fit for the ultimate customization, comfort and fit.
It is easy to see why this boot has won awards throughout the year, such as the ISPO Gold Award, Powder Skiers Choice Award and Back Country Editors Choice Award to name just a few. The boot has a 100mm last width, that lends itself to a medium width foot. With the new introduction of the Endofit tongue, the boot sits low across the top of the boot straight out of the box, but remember with the Custom Shell and our expert fitters pressure points can be easily removed. It is definitely a boot to try on in store for those who like a little back country adventure.
The revolutionary Spineflex buckles, assists with the adaptation to the shell profile to provide a consistent foot hold, independent from the degree of closure. This innovative buckle system helps you with increase precision and comfort created from a lack of pressure points, resulting in better performance from your first lift your last run.
Influence by Head’s freeride athletes such as James Heim and Richard Amacker, it is no surprise that this boot has won Powder’s Skier’s Choice award for 2017. If you are someone who spends a lot of time in the backcountry, who struggles to find a boot that can stay on all day yet stiff enough to charge hard, then Head Hammer might be your solution.
The boot is built upon a three-piece design, similar to those found on Dalbello, called Triad Ergo Flex Shell. Using a three-piece shell allows the boot to flex more naturally at the ankle joint.
The three bucket boot has a heat mouldable shell, with Head’s Perfect Fit Pro S Liner that includes 360-degree shock and vibration absorption padding to eliminating any shin, toe and heal pain you may obtain skiing too hard.
A 98mm last width gives the Head Hammer a precise fit for great foot hold for those with a narrow to mid width foot.
The Trasher boot is Head’s dedicated park and pipe boot that delivers comfort, cushioning and performance for the most untamed park riders.
Like the Hammer the heat mouldable three piece, Triad Ergo Flex Shell enhances the comfort and customization of the boot whilst offering a superior more natural flex.
Two micro-adjustable ally buckles are accompanied by a 50mm power strap and a front elasticated toe strap gives the boot sympathy on those deep landing you may take.An interchangeable tongue system allows you to adjust the flex of the boot depending on your skiing preference.
So if you want a boot to blast through the park in, take landing to land with minimal damage to your toes and shins then head into store and try out the Head Trasher.
Free Expert Fitting
Once you have made a purchase, using the Ski Boot Buying Guide as a reference for size, fit and flex, why not bring your latest purchase into store so one of our experts can professional fit your boots for you? Our boot fitting service is free, even if you’ve bought from us online all we need is a couple of hour, your receipt and a pair of technical socks.
For the best custom fit we recommend replacing the standard manufacture footbed with a full custom moulded footbed. By correctly stabilising the foot, you automatically eliminate a lot of common problems, limit excess movement and create a more reactive relationship between the foot, boot and ski.
Please note: Our Ski Boots are now available in all store except Gatwick and Bridgend