The first thing you probably notice is
ski boots have a different sizing than shoe sizing. The ski industry
Mondo sizing. Mondo sizing is a standard boot size between all ski boot
manufactures. Mondo sizing is the length measurement in centimeters
of the INSIDE of the boot. It was developed to simplify the
different sizes that are throughout the world. If you take a tape
measure and measure the length of your foot in centimeters, you would get your Mondo size.
One thing you should know, ski boot shells come only in full sizes.
An example of this is a size 27.0 and 27.5 both share the same shell
size and have the same inside length. Both are the larger 27.5.
Sometimes only the inner liner changes.
Ski Boot Fit
probably heard that “ski boots are the most important component of
your gear.” While your boots should be comfortable, the proper size
and flex keeps you in a balanced position which makes it easier
to control your skis. Get the wrong size and wrong flex, and
you’ll make it more difficult to control your skis. There are a few
factors you need to consider before deciding which size and model to
have; 1- Your overall foot length. 2- Your arch length.
3- Your foot
width. 4- Your instep height. 5- Overall shape of your foot.
you aware most of us have one foot longer than the other? And did you
know many times your arch length is different than your overall foot
length. What about your width? Boots generally range in width from
98mm to 106mm. Do you know the width of your foot in mm? So which
length and width measurement do you use? While many people take the
easy way and choose a larger size, this is many times the wrong
choice. A boot too big allows your foot to move around. I know
what you’re thinking, “you’ll just tighten the buckles”. But that’s
like buying pants too big. You can tighten the belt, but the rest of
the pants still don’t fit properly!
Ski Boot Flex
Just as important as
fit, flex (or stiffness)
is important. Without getting too
technical, proper flex helps keep you balanced on your skis. Too
stiff of boot and you can't get forward making it difficult to initiate a turn or absorb shock
and bumps. Too soft of flex and it’s difficult to relay the motion
from your knees and legs which makes it difficult to turn and hold
an edge. The boot industry
doesn’t make things easy. They may have standardized sizing, but not
standardized flex. Boot flex ratings are not the same between manufactures. What
that means is a 90 flex from one manufacture can be a different flex
in a 90 flex from another manufacture. So how do you determine your
flex? As a general rule, make sure you can move your knees 3 – 5
inches forward indoors. If you can’t flex your knee 3 inches
forward, get a softer boot. If you flex your knee consistently more
than 5 inches, get a stiffer boot.
Here’s a scenario! Your friend loves their boots. Best fit they’ve
ever had and they’ve never skied better. What probably happened is
your friend has a boot shape and stiffness that matches their
performance and foot shape! Hence loves them. But that doesn’t mean
that you should get that model. Your friend probably has a
differently shaped foot than yours and you could require a different
stiffness. You can purchase a lot of things on-line, but if you’re
considering purchasing ski boots on-line, you’re asking for
problems. Like us, stores charge the same on-line as we do in store.
So why take the chance and purchase on line when you can get the
boot fitting service for the same price?
The Number 1 Ski Boot Problem
The number 1 ski boot problem is people usually purchase boots too big. The reason? People
react to first impression when they try on boots. And usually the first impression
is the boot is too small because the toes touch the end. But what
really happens is the skier doesn't give the heel a chance
to get into the heel pocket. So what do you do?
Give the heel pocket time to develop. Put the boots on and
loosely buckle them. Then stand and occasionally flex your knee forward.
This helps slide your foot back into the heel pocket naturally. You
should leave the boots on for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep in mind, if you
stand straight up, (knees straight) your foot will slide out of the
pocket and forward but this is not how you ski.