How to Get the Perfect Fit
Just One Way We Make Skiing Better – The Perfect Fit
First, understand that it all really starts with your boots. Poorly fitting boots are the biggest problem for most skiers of all levels. You’re not going to ski well if your feet are in pain, moving around, cold or generally uncomfortable. Here’s a brief guide to help you and a ski professional work together to get that elusive, Perfect Fit. This process does not have to be super complicated. Ski boot manufactures have made many improvements with boots especially over the last few years. You’ll benefit from the newer technology and materials. With today’s boots it’s more likely you can get a good fit right out of the box or from our rental & demo fleet. If you need custom work, this would only enhance the Perfect Fit, but we still have to start with the right boot and the right size.
To start, plan on going smaller than your street shoe. How much? Well, that depends. Generally speaking, figure a least a half size or more. I know for most people this idea is counter intuitive but the bottom line is, the tighter the better. Your toes should feel the front of the boot when fully buckled. Your foot should be snugly and comfortably “wrapped” all the way around by the boot. So, try it on, buckle it up completely and flex it. When you flex your knees forward, your toes should begin to come away from the front of the boot as the back of your foot settles into the Heel Pocket. Re-buckle the boot and flex it more. If you have to really crank the buckles down, this may be a sign that the size is not right. Walking around in the boot will likely not give you a good idea on fit. We’re not trying on Birkenstocks here. Try to emulate the movements of skiing. Remember you only want to wear 1, good quality pair of ski socks. Wearing multiple pairs of socks or cotton is not recommended. You want one smooth layer from the top of the boot to your toes. Don’t tuck in your ski pants or wear anything that will create a wrinkle in your boot. Even a small bump can cause a pressure point or reduce circulation.
A ski boot is measured in what’s called Mondo or Mondo Point sizing. This is essentially the length in centimeters. The widest part of the boot is call the Last and is measured in millimeters. A good boot fitter will measure your feet properly or you can measure yourself using a metric ruler to get an idea. Most people have one foot that’s larger than the other, so be sure to measure both feet. Stand with your full body weight on your feet in a balanced, shoulder width stance to get the best measurement.
The skill level of the boot is most often directly related to the Flex. The flex in measured by an index. A “soft” or novice boot is around 50 to 70 flex. An intermediate flex boot is usually 80 to 100 flex and advanced 110 to 130. Race flex boots are 130 flex and up. They are very stiff. A lot also depends, not only your level but overall size, (weight). A bigger guy usually should be in a stiffer boot. A good ski professional should work with you to get the right flex and type of boot after discussing your skiing.
Now, a few tips that will make your boots more comfortable for a day on the slopes. Keep them warm and completely dry when your not skiing. Don’t leave them in the car or somewhere unheated overnight, especially just before skiing. The warmer your boots are, the easier they will be to get on too. Wear a good pair of “wicking” socks that keeps moisture away from your skin. Feet that are sweating inside your boots may eventually get cold. Don’t over buckle your boots. If your on the last notch and they still don’t feel right, you’re in the wrong boot. So, if you want the right boot to buy, demo or rent, come see us. We’ll make your day on snow better!