Purchasing the perfect snow ski boots - 5 Things to consider

When purchasing the perfect snow ski boots, there are serious things to consider. Even if you are a novice skier, having the perfect boots is vital! As you begin your search, here are 5 things to consider when purchasing the perfect ski boots.


Purchasing the perfect snow ski boots


#1 – Purpose – One of the first things you will want to consider when purchasing the perfect snow ski boots, is what you’ll be using them for exactly. Will you be purchasing these boots for downhill skiing, freestyle skiing, racing, cross-country or alpine touring? If you are new to skiing, you will want to ensure you are purchasing a general downhill skiing boot to get started. Having a race ski boot can make learning to ski much more difficult, and painful, when you’re wearing the wrong type of boots.

#2 – Gender – Ski boots are specifically made with gender in mind. Male ski boots are made precisely for the male foot and leg. They usually have a wider toe box, stiffer flex, and taller cuff. The female ski boots have a narrower toe box, narrow heel pocket, fuller cuff, and some heel lift. You will want to ensure you are purchasing a boot made for your gender.

#3 – Skill Level - When purchasing your new ski boots, your skill level is important to consider. Ski boots should correspond to the skier’s skill level. For instance, a softer flex can be forgiving to technical errors, which is more important to less proficient skiers. More skillful skiers prefer the stiffer flexes that are more responsive to technical proficiencies. If you’re brand new to skiing, ensure you are purchasing boots for beginners.

#4 – Sizing – Ski boots are measured in centimeters, more precisely ‘Mondo Point’ size. Mondo Point is actually the length in centimeters along the foot. Ski boots are typically available in whole and half sizes. The width, or the “last” is measured in millimeters across the forefoot and as the boot gets longer, the last gets wider. Widths are available in narrow, medium and wide. You must have the proper fitting of boots to ski well and be comfortable doing it. If you have ski boots that are too tight, you will have very sore feet and be super uncomfortable when hitting the slopes. If your ski boots are too big or wide, your foot is then able to slip around inside the boot which will cause blisters.

#5 – Overall Comfort – The most important thing to be considered when purchasing the perfect ski boots is the overall comfort. If the boot is not comfortable, try another brand, size or style. There are many types of boots to fit every size and foot shape, as well as all types of skiing. In the end, you want to be comfortable in your boots when you’re skiing. Nothing can ruin a great day of skiing like sore, blistered feet .

Whether this will be your first pair of snow ski boots or you’ve been purchasing them for decades, finding the perfect boot for you is key to having the time of your life on the slopes. Most quality ski stores have experienced ski boot fitters that can help you choose the right ski boots for your feet.

Once you’ve found your boots, it’s time to find some ski socks. XTM have a vast range of socks to suit all types of snow activities. You will be sure to find ‘the ones’ in our merino range! They’re known for complimenting all types of ski boots. Here’s our men's socks, ladies socks, and kid's socks choices, check them out!

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