Alpinstore thinks of you and offers you many pairs of ski boots for adults but also ski boots adapted to the youngest. Yes, skiing is not always fun, especially when it comes to putting on ski boots. But with the advice of Alpinstore, the difficulties are over! We tell you more about the ski boot ...
- Shell is the rigid part of the boot. Even if there are different models, the characteristics are the same (flex, width and length). The most famous today is the wallet boot, which has two main parts: the collar which is the upper part to tighten the leg and the shoe which is the lower part and surrounds the foot for a full support.
- Liner : represents the inner part of the ski boot. It is composed of foam and should provide you with optimal comfort because it is the part directly in contact with your foot. Note that the boots can now be thermoformed, which is to heat them (by professionals) so that they take the shape of your foot.
- Sole The bottom part of the shoe, underneath the hoof, is called the footbed. This part is in contact with the ground when you walk but also with your ski when you put on your boots. The sole is classic but since a few years, it is more and more "gripwalk". This new technology allows you to walk more easily and more naturally thanks to a slightly rounded shape but also to avoid slipping when you arrive on less stable ground.
- Buckle The "hooks": more often called "the hooks", they allow you to tighten your ski boot according to your desires/needs. The tighter your foot is, the more it will be held and the more your ski will react to your movements. Often, there are hooks on a ski boot: 2 on the boot and 2 on the collar. The tightening is then integral and precise.
- Flex Flex: The flex is the index of rigidity of your ski boot. The higher it is, the more difficult it will be to bend it and therefore to flex your legs. But the higher it is, the more precise it is and therefore the better it performs. You understood it, a high flex is reserved for a good level of skiing. Conversely, a low flex is ideal for beginners because the boot will be easy to handle and provides optimal comfort.
The choice of your ski boots must take into account several criteria:
- Your gender : The models of boots often differ a little between men and women even if the basic characteristics remain similar. Alpinstore offers the best women's ski boots and the best men's ski boots for all our brands!
- Your practice Ski boots: Depending on your practice, the model of ski boot is different. Today, there are boots specially designed for the piste, allmountain, freeride or freestyle.
Piste : soft, comfortable and easy to use boot for occasional skiers. Stiffer boot for better control, for experienced skiers.
Freeride/Freerando : rigid flex and a wide last. The walking mode is recommended here.
Freestyle : flexible boot with a heel cushioning for an optimal comfort during landings.
- Your ski level Your level will mainly play on the choice of the flex. As you have read previously, the flex can be more or less rigid.
Beginner : flex between 60 and 90 for men // between 60 and 70 for women
Intermediate : flex between 90 and 110 for men // between 70 and 90 for women
Advanced/expert : minimum 110 flex for men // minimum 90 flex for women
- Width of the shoe Flex : given in " last ", it corresponds to the width of your foot, where it is the widest. Ranging from 92mm to 104mm, it is important to choose the right width of shell because your foot must be properly supported, not forgetting that your toes must be able to move freely.
- The size of the boot The width of the shell is the length of your ski boot and more precisely, the length of your foot in cm, and is written in "mondopoint". You will find it either on the outside of the sole or on the heel.
Have a look at our many brands like the Italian ski boot brand Dalbello, the historical quality of Lange or even the know-how of the Tecnica brand on the slopes and in freeride
Dynafit, Fischer, K2, Rossignol, Scarpa or Scott you can find all our ski boots brands on Alpinstore, you will surely find the boot that will satisfy you. What a pleasure!
Once you have your boots on, stand up and bend your knees. Following this movement, your heel moves back to stick to the back of your shoe. This gives your toes room to breathe, so you don't get cold quickly. Well maintained and no pressure points? Then bingo, you have the right ski boot size.