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How to choose ski boots ? A boot for every foot !

How to choose ski boots is one of the fundamental and most important actions for skiers. When you have to choose your ski boots, she faces a delicate time to be performed in specialized stores where you can follow expert advice. Comfort, the accuracy and the rigidity of the boot will make the difference both in race conditions, that during skiing amateur.

You are a beginner and do not know how to choose ski boots ? or you need to change your old comrades of many adventures in the snow, We suggest that you carefully read the following guide which will help you when choosing…..

Many skiers underestimate the importance of How to choose the ski boots, when choosing are guided by the price, or from shopkeepers careful only to commercial aspects.

Keep in mind, however,, that ski boot is the point of connection between the feet and the skis, they are the key to successfully transfer to the ski body movements and changes of direction.

Over time ski boots have evolved and manufacturers offering, several years, models that fit perfectly to the shape of the foot, thanks to technical solutions to silicone injection, or patents of materials that are formed thermally, come i Vacuum -fit di Fischer.

Ski boots must be chosen in function of the type of skiing that you want to practice or technical level of the skier, remembering always that the boot is the key instrument for comfort, Safety, and the fun of our days on the snow.

Are commercially ski boots of various brands and models, ATOMIC, FISCHER, HEAD, LONG, NORDIC, ROSSIGNOL, SALOMON, TECHNICAL etc… that can satisfy all skiers, but we see such as choose your ski boots just for our foot.

Looking closely at your feet you can see the small differences between the left and right, and so it is easy to think that the boots on the market have been modeled in a generic way to accommodate all shapes and feet of all skiers. And’ important to understand which of the models is more suitable to our anatomical shape.

The ski boots you may first be divided into three categories : Race, Allround e Freeski.

The basic parameters that differentiate the three categories are the flex and comfort given by the width of the shoe.

As always you have to compromise, In fact, choosing a boot Race are the preferred technical skills of the tool at the expense of comfort. This is due to the fact that in order to transfer correctly and with precision the movements and the pressure developed by the skier, ski, you need a shoe very tight, made with rigid materials which is locked by the locking hooks up to the limit. To combine these features with the anatomy of the athletes, you can take advantage of the characteristics of certain materials described above, but above all it is essential to modify the structure of the shoe, acting with tools such as milling and file, so as to eliminate interference zones between boot and foot.


In specialty stores is a common practice, the modification to the structure of the boot :

First you choose the boot more comfortable and with the technical features will fit in your skiing, after you try the shoe being careful what points become sore or feel too forced into the boot, when emissions through the front hooks.

 Now you take off the boot and mark the points in question (that will inevitably be reddened skin, especially paying attention to the area of ​​the metatarsals) with the simple lipstick to the lips of dark color; reinserting the foot, (marked with lipstick) inside the boot and re-tighten. In this way, the lipstick color the structure of the boot in the points of interference with the anatomy of the foot.

At this point it intervenes removing burs manuals (Dremel type or file) the excess material, going to customize the hull as a function of the anatomy of the foot.

Many think that the most important thing to consider is the length of the boot, while it is the width in the area of ​​the metatarsals one that generates greater discomfort and pain during exercise.

The shop they recommend to carry out these operations and to speak to the choice of ski boots high-level Ornello Sport (P.zza XX Settembre, 10 ASOLA – MN). To choose with care the ski boot and realize the customization, you need a date agreed by telephone.

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For the reasons already described, a shoe with 98 mm width of the plant (shoes race) is considerably more narrow and precise, but at the same time less comfortable, compared to a boot with plant 100/104 mm (allround boots).

Another important parameter is the stiffness, defined“flex index“. Unfortunately there is not a unique parameter for the index of flexion between the various manufacturers, But we can define flex 50/60 a boot soft and suitable for a skier evolving, while flex 130 a product rigid best suited for an experienced skier or agonist amateur.

RACE BOOTS: They have a flex of about 130 and a width of the plant between 95 and the 98 mm. Boots are stiff and uncomfortable, very technical and allow a transmission of movement to the ski precise and dynamic. They are suitable for skiers with a good athletic training and equipped with high technical.

BOOTS ALLROUND: They have a flex that can vary between 90 and 120 for more advanced skiers and a flex between 60 and 80 for beginner skiers or evolving. They have a width of the sole of the foot between 100 and the 104 mm . Boots are less technical and performance compared to the Race, however guarantee comfort definitely higher.

BOOTS FREESKI: They are suitable for freestyle and freeride. They have a flex of 90 to the 120 flex, are equipped with damping systems inside the sole to absorb the impact, are provided with soles with rubber inserts softer to allow for a more comfortable walk. The most specific freeride systems may have unlocked the cuff to facilitate boarding when using short ski mountaineering.



After the considerations set out above we understand that there is the make or model absolute best, but you need to find the product that best fits your foot anatomy. Why not listen to the advice of those who pushes you to advance towards this brand, maybe a function of personal experiences, that may not reflect your feelings.

And’ important to buy the boot of the exact size for your foot, and do not take shoes with a larger number of thinking improve comfort. Before choosing the number of the boot make sure your foot is measured using special measuring instruments while wearing only stockings. (Maybe just the socks that you use for skiing). (This consideration brings into play safety, as in the boot off you may have problems in the phase of fall, creating injuries or fractures to the foot).

The measurement system used by companies is the Mondopoint (mp), which corresponds to the length in centimeters of the foot. Once measured the foot with the appropriate meter, try to wear suitable products to your number.

Measurements of boots according to the length of the foot, and system Mondopoint.


Once fit the shoe, close the front hooks from the tip and do some bending forward.

At this point, standing toes should just touch the tip of the boot, while flexing the knees should reverse the foot allowing the fingers to move. The foot should be wrapped in a uniform manner and locked, without that you may warn compressions painful.

If the boot is too wide and comfortable, ie in phase of bending the heel rises, it means that you're buying a boot too big.

For the choice of ski boots and compare prices, you'll want to see the products in our section PRICES SKI BOOTS

by Maurizio Del Grosso 5 January 2015