If you want to start skiing, the most critical job is to buy a pair of properly fitting ski boots. Reputable brands offer sturdy models of ski boots made of hard plastic, and you need to find an appropriate size that is not too tight or loose. This will ensure no compromise in your performance and save you from tripping needlessly.
Did you know Australia is the 8th biggest consumer of ski boots in the Asia-Pacific region in 2022, and this data is likely to increase? The end-users of this industry are children and adults developing a keen interest in the sport.
How to measure the perfect size
One can measure ski boots using a scale called Mondopoint. You have to measure the length of your foot in centimetres and then tally with the boot length.
Unlike regular shoes, your ski boot size will depend upon your expertise level, height and weight, frequency of days on the hill, etc. So, the right ski boot cannot have a one-approach-fits-all strategy.
How should ski boots fit?
You must feel a secure fit when it comes to ski boots. However, make sure that blood circulation is not cut off. Else, it will lead to sore pressure spots. If you feel any pressure on your toes, that should be your fit. However, it must not squeeze them.
If you are still confused, try a shorter boot and try moving forward with your ankles hard. This should force your heel backward and create space at the front. If you face any pressure, check whether it’s from the hard plastic. If yes, that’s not your fit.
Moreover, remember that a boot fitter can enlarge if the size is a little small. However, they will not be able to shrink your ski boots. So, ‘smaller size’ is your catch here.
Choosing the right ski boots
Based on your skills, you will have to choose different types of ski boots.
- Beginner level – You should generally go for a size equal to your mondopoint size or slightly shorter. The inner padding will compress once you use it 3-4 times, providing more space.
- Intermediate level – Intermediate skiers should also buy a size near their mondopoint size or slightly shorter. However, make sure to go for a stiff flex. It is the boot’s resistance when you bend your ankle forward.
- Expert level – Expert skiers usually choose a smaller size for a snug and tight fit with a stiff flex. You will need a tighter fit because you will indulge in aggressive and fast speed.
When you try to fit into ski boots, you can wear a thin pair of socks. You can avoid thicker socks because the boot plastic and foam in the lining will insulate your feet in the cold. Moreover, a thick sock will reduce your control over the boot and skiing.
Pro-tip: Expert skiers often prefer a broader fit and flex than “traditional” experts.
For a beginner, choosing the right fit ski boots can be a little confusing. While buying your ski boots, go a size smaller than your regular size. If you do not feel comfortable after a week’s use, get it enlarged.
Make your first purchase from a brick-and-mortar store. You will avoid the hassle of returning if you don’t like the fit or shape. Once you get a knack for these things, online shopping has exciting offers.
After testing the waters regularly and getting good at skiing, you can eventually go for a size down. Don’t choose the wrong-sized boots that will slow you down or cause inconvenience.