Finding the perfect ski boot comes down to being properly fitted by a professional. If you have a ski boot that fits and flexes properly, you’ll be much more comfortable on the slopes, not to mention you’ll have more control!
New ski boots will never be snugger than they are out of the box. Liners compress as you enjoy your time on the slopes, meaning you’ll start finding some room in your boots. And these are all things an experienced boot fitter can help guide you on when selecting the perfect ski boot. Custom boot fittings will maximize your comfort and control. Check out these five tips from our boot fitters here at Outpost Sunsport to get the perfect ski boot fitting from the start.
First, you’ll need to also think about your base layers, socks are a critical part of the boot fitting process believe it or not. Start with a thin to medium sized sock, and no worries if you don’t come in with them, we have plenty of socks for you to try boots on with at Outpost Sunsport.
Ski boots are made in a sizing system based on the actual length of your foot. Manufacturers differ on the width of boots. At Outpost Sunsport, we’ll properly measure your foot using a Brannock device – a proper fitting incorporates not only overall length (heel-to-toe measurement) but also arch length (heel-to-ball measurement), and finally the width and volume of the foot.
When we’re fitting your ski boot, you’ll notice we have you sit to get started. This allows us to get the un-lengthened foot size compared to the length when you stand. Your boot fitter will measure each foot and have you stand up to get the correct numbers.
Shell fit your boot.
Shell fitting your actual ski boot makes sure it isn’t too big or small. We’ll remove the fabric liner from the boots and have you place your foot in the boot with just a sock on, your toes should slide to the front. We’ll have you flex your foot and measure the space between your heel and the back of the shell; you should have enough space for about two fingers side by side (or 2cm). Next press your heel against the back of the shell; we’ll then open up the shell to ensure the ankle bone itself has enough space. What we’ll look for is about a pen’s worth of space between the ankle and the shell.
Try on the shell with the liner.
Next is the shell plus liner. If it seems snug, don’t worry, your toe will touch the front of the boot with a proper fitting – it should not be jammed, but lightly touching. Next we’ll buckle the top two buckles and power strap in place, this will allow your heel to slide back and get that proper position. We’ll then fasten the two bottom buckles, leaving them fairly loose.
Next you should flex your foot forward and backward a few times, this is when the toe should come away from the front. Your foot should sit flat with your toes just brushing the front of the boot with enough room to wiggle while standing and then pull away when your leg is flexed. Your heel should stay in place and not slip away when you flex. Perfect fitting ski boots should consistently feel tight but not cause any pain.
Spend 10-15 minutes in the ski boots.
Ski boots that feel good for a couple minutes may eventually show pressure points over time. Spend 10 or so minutes in your top picks of ski boots to see which fit and feel best over time.
Once you find the pair of ski boots that fit perfectly, our experts will do the final adjustments and custom fitting for you and your riding style. The right ski boots will reward you during your time on the slopes.
Want to take it to a whole other level? We have many boot models which offer heat molding of both the liner and the shell! Ask your professional boot fitter about these custom heat moldable options.