For winter 2019/20 we are rolling out our SUREfit Boot Lab concept. These shops and in-store areas offer the best custom ski boot fitting experience and are backed up with one of the largest ski boot ranges in the UK.
With state of the art boot fitting devices, free online reservations, complimentary coffee and a retail first of offering a heli-skiing VR experience in collaboration with CMH and Pure Powder, the Boot Lab is a revolutionary new ski boot fitting experience.
The store teams are skilled at modifying existing or new boots to achieve that perfect fit, so whether it’s stretching, grinding or softening, they’ll remedy potential problems to give a precise fit, greater comfort and even improved skiing skills!
Book Your Ski Boot Fitting*
Please allow up to 2 hours for the ski boot fitting process.
*Our complimentary Ski boot appointment service is for use by those people wishing to be fitted for new ski boots or to have adjustments made to ski boots previously purchased at Ellis Brigham. Ski boot fitting and adjustments for ski boots not purchased via Ellis Brigham is chargeable, details of which can be found here.
SUREfit is both a way of fitting boots and a system of training. It’s a process that looks at a skier’s history, individual foot shape and biomechanics, taking into account previous injuries and medical problems, with checks and measures to help make the right choice. It also provides Ellis Brigham staff with the skills and knowledge to ensure you get the boots most suited to you.
Ellis Brigham provides the most comprehensive ski hardware training programme in the UK. This involves seminars, coursework, practicals, and one-to-one coaching; focusing on all aspects of boot fitting. Topics covered range from basic anatomy to nerve pathways and cutting edge techniques. The guarantee is offered in addition to your statutory rights, and it is dependent on our advice being accepted during fitting.
Alpine ski boots feature a stiff plastic shell combined with a foam liner boot designed to manoeuver you into a ski position and will deliver excellent control and performance for downhill skiing. As they have a fixed spine at the back they will be difficult to skin or hike in but will give optimum performance on the downhill.
They are available in numerous different widths and sizes so that you can find the right boot for your feet but they'll likely need some manipulation to achieve the best fit. When shopping for ski boots, you should anticipate spending at least an hour with one of our ski boot fitters; this may take longer depending on your requirements.
The fit should be snug, almost feeling a bit short at first but once fastened and with a few ankle-flexes your heel will be pushed into the back of the boot, giving your toes a little extra space. You might still be aware of your toes touching the end of the boot, almost like someone is holding your foot with both hands, but that's normal. With use, the internal volume of a ski boot will increase by about 15% as the foam compresses, so try and avoiding 'sizing up'.
Backcountry touring boots are made to be considerably lighter weight than their alpine counterparts by utilising lightweight plastics, buckles, and liners. While this can be a hindrance to downhill performance, it makes those uphills considerably more manageable.
The sole unit is usually rubber to ensure better grip when hiking and they also feature a clip at the spine that can be released to allow more flex in the ankle for easier walking and then secured once it's time to shred.
Backcountry ski boots require a ski binding that is compatible with their particular sole unit type. A specific backcountry ski binding is also required that will allow you to ascend as well as descend. There are different binding systems available depending on what your priorities are between minimal weight, ease of use and power.