HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR ADULT SKI BOOTS? 

Ski boots have two main functions: to hold your feet in place, which in turn transfers weight to your skis so you can manoeuvre as you wish, and to keep you comfortable throughout long sessions on the slopes.

Our guide to choosing your adult ski boots will help you find the best balance between comfort, safety and precision.

Your choice of adult ski boots is based on three criteria: the rigidity of the boot, the size, and the fit.

RIGIDITY or ‘FLEX’

You’ll see the word ‘flex’ pop up a lot when you’re looking at ski and snowboarding equipment, and it just means the ski boot’s ability to bend forward with pressure from the tibia. The weaker the flex, the more flexible the boot. The higher the flex, the more rigid the boot, providing precision and directional control.

Be sure to choose the level of flex that's right for you – too high and you'll lack feeling; too low and you won't have the support you need.

Men

Flex below 65 = Forgiving. Ideal for intermediate skiers looking to make progress.

Flex from 65 to 85 = Dynamic. Perfect for advanced level skiers cutting turns.

Flex above 85 = Precise. This is best for experts and offers excellent control on all terrains.

Women

Flex below 60 = Forgiving. Ideal for intermediate skiers looking to make progress.

Flex from 60 to 75 = Dynamic. Perfect for advanced level skiers cutting turns.

Flex above 85 = Precise. This is best for experts and offers excellent control on all terrains.

 

SIZE

Ski boot sizes are in Mondopoint (cm). Use this chart to find your size:

FIT

Making sure your ski boots fit properly is the most important part of finding the right ones for you.

To check they’re secure – and safe to use – wear the ski socks you would normally use for skiing, or if it’s your first time, the ski socks you intend to use.

Put your ski boots on and close the buckle to the halfway setting. If you can go any further, it means that the volume of the boot isn't right for you.

Stand up straight and touch the tip of the outer shell.

Perform three deep knee bends, pushing hard on your shins – put your hands on your knees to help you – to push your heel back in the boot. When your foot is pushed back you shouldn’t be able to touch the front of your boot with your toes.

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