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How Should New Ski Boots Feel?

How Should New Ski Boots Feel?
28 January 2014 No comments

Buying your first ski boots can be difficult, especially when you're not sure how to expect a brand pair to feel. We asked our Ski Equipment Buyer, Steve, to offer some expert advice on what to expect and how to ensure they feel as they should...

man getting boot fitted
  • Ski boots feel tight and a bit short at first, don't panic, this is normal. The innerboot is designed to fit in length and volume, initially with no excess space.
  • Fasten the buckles round the leg first, this will pull the foot back. A few ankle-flexes will push the heel further into the heel pocket, producing more toe room.
  • Keep the boots on for at least 15 minutes. During this time your body heat will soften the innerboot foam, compressing it a little and creating more volume around your foot. You'll be aware of your toes just touching the end of the boot, and that it's a close and snug fit – as if someone has hold of your feet with both hands.
  • There should be very little or no movement at the heel and ankle when replicating skiing movements. Remember that ski boots will increase in volume by about 15% with use, so don't oversize.
  • Don't over-tighten the buckles; they are there to close the boot, not to hold your foot still.
  • If you have issues with the fit, or it just doesn’t feel right, try a different boot in the same size. Remember that well-made custom-moulded footbeds will support and stabilize your feet in the correct alignment, dramatically improving the fit.

Contact your nearest Ellis Brigham store to arrange a professional ski boot fit, or speak to one of our ski experts for advice.