NOV 02, 2020
All-day comfort, thermal warmth and intuitive performance have always been the hallmark of a proper fitting ski boot. These days most new ski boots provide a great fit right out of the box but given that there are billions of different foot sizes and shapes in the world, the perfect fit is not always automatic. This is where custom boot fitting can make all the difference. By utilizing state-of-the-art shapable plastics, heat moldable liners and revolutionary foam injection technologies, the ultimate in custom fit, comfort and performance can be achieved - regardless of foot size or shape
The most personalized piece of ski equipment, ski boots are the vital interface between skier and snow and a good skiing experience starts with choosing the correct ski boot last, length, and flex to accommodate your foot size as well as your ability level. Luckily modern ski boots not only provide a better ‘first-fit’ than ever before, they offer more customization potential that can be easily and inexpensively adapted to any foot shape in a matter of minutes. Find out how to find the correct size and the right boot HERE.
A CUSTOM FIT HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
A boot that fits too snug compromises comfort and warmth, while a fit that is too roomy sacrifices power transmission and control. For this very reason, a custom fit from a professional boot fitter allows the boot to be widened or reduced by completely adapting the outer shell, cuff, liner and insole for an optimized fit that mimics the shape of your foot. It sounds like the mysterious work of a magician, but nowadays boot fitting is easily accessible as a result of more practical methods and technologies.
INSOLES FOR BETTER BALANCE AND STABILITY
The easiest way of optimizing the fit is to install a custom insole or footbed. A custom insole provides critical support and cushion for more comfort, better balance and improved power transmission by stabilizing the foot and allowing for even pressure distribution. A personalized insole can also help reduce stress on feet, ankles and knees for longer, more comfortable skiing.
HEAT MOLDABLE LINERS FOR A PERFECT FIT
Another versatile custom upgrade is a heat moldable liner that can be customized thanks to its thermoformable material. By heating the liner in an oven, the material is softened and then the foot is placed inside the liner and the outer shell. Within minutes the liner molds to the exact contour of the lower leg, ankle and foot, eliminating any and all pressure points. Heat moldable liners work very well for expanding the fit while other tools like Volume Reducing Pad Kits or Volume Reducing Leg Pads help to accommodate a more precise fit for skinnier legs and ankles.
PERSONALIZED COMFORT + PERFORMANCE
The hard-plastic exterior of your boot, comprised of the shell and the cuff, are selected to best match each skier’s ability level and intensity. In addition, fit criteria such as plastic stiffness, canting, and gender-specific construction are also factors in the selection of the shell. Current shells use stateof-the-art plastics to provide support while still allowing ample flex for driving the ski. Modern shell material is also thermoformable in order to expand and further optimize a custom fit.
FINE TUNE YOUR FIT WITH MICRO ADJUSTMENTS
Today ski boots also come equipped with components that can be quickly adjusted to personalize the geometry of the boot. By adjusting the cuff alignment, forward lean and sole canting of the boot, final customization results in a ski boot that perfectly contours to the shape of the leg, ankle and foot while positioning the skier in a balanced, symmetrical and dynamic stance.