Here are some good tips to help you properly fit and size a new set of ski boots. Beginning skiers should look for boots that are softer and flexible, while those with more advanced skill levels should aim for performance-oriented, stiffer models that will provide better response and help improve carving technique.
How do I find the right fit?
If your boots don’t fit, you’ve wasted a lot of money. To make the right choice, find a close, accurate fit that allows you to ski with comfortable pressure equally distributed around the foot and ankle. Make sure your heel fits snugly in the boot without too much movement.
The boot’s fit should feel like a firm handshake, with absolutely no pain. You should have room to wiggle your toes, but with no clearance for the foot to roll or slide around. If the boot is too tight you’ll know right away, but don’t go too far in the other direction and choose a roomy size because it’s comfortable – you’ll lose ski control. When you’re trying them out, the buckle should be tightened about halfway, so that on the slopes you can go tighter for more control or looser with heavier socks.
Women’s Ski Boots
Soft-flexed boots designed for women are shorter, with narrower heels and more heel lift. This places the heel slightly higher than the toes to accommodate women’s different center of gravity. But bear in mind that just because the boots are softer doesn’t mean they should be sloppy. Loose boots won’t provide enough support.
Race boots offer maximum power and precision for advanced skiers. These aren’t built to absorb shock, but to provide response and control.