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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...
- 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.