Alpinstore thinks of you and offers many pairs of ski boots for adults but also ski boots suitable for children. Yes, skiing is not always fun, especially when it comes to putting on ski boots. But with Alpinstore's advice, no more difficulties! We tell you more about the ski boot ...
You're probably wondering which alpine ski boot to choose? The choice of your ski boots must take into account several criteria:
- Your gender: boot models 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: Depending on your practice, the ski boot model 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 advanced skiers.
Freeride/Freerando : rigid flex and a wide last. The walking mode is recommended here.
Freestyle: flexible boot with a cushioned heel for optimal comfort during landings.
-Your level of skiing: Your level will mainly play on the choice of flex. As you have read previously, the flex can be more or less rigid.
-The width of the ski boot: 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 maintained, without forgetting that your toes must be able to move freely.
-The size of the ski boot: written in "mondopoint", it corresponds to the length of your ski boot and more precisely, the length of your foot in cm. You will find it either on the outside of the sole or on the heel.
Beginner and/or occasional skiers: flex between 60 and 70
Intermediate skiers, regular skiers with a good level of skiing: flex between 70 and 90
Confirmed/expert women skiers with a very good level of skiing: flex of 100 minimum
- The flex for men:
Beginner skiers: flex between 70 and 90
Intermediate skiers with a good level of skiing: flex between 90 and 110Advanced/expert skiers with a very good level of skiing: flex of 110 minimum
It is important to find the right adjustment that corresponds to your morphology, you should not find your feet compressed and hurt when you adjust them but the foot must be properly maintained. To be sure, when you move your foot from left to right in the ski boot, make sure that the boot makes the same movement.
Shell: represents the rigid part of the shoe. Although there are different models, the characteristics are the same (flex, width and length). The most famous today is the wallet shell, 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 full support.-
: represents the inner part of the ski boot. It is composed of foam and must provide you with optimal comfort because it is the part directly in contact with your foot. Note that the liner can now be thermoformed, which is to make them heated (by professionals) to take the shape of your foot.-
Sole: represents the lower part of the shoe, being under the hoof. This part is in contact with the ground when you walk but also with your ski when you put on the boot. The sole is classic but in recent 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 not to slip when you arrive on less stable grounds.-
Buckle: more often called "the hooks", they allow you to tighten your ski boot according to your desires / needs. The tighter your foot will be, the more it will be maintained and the more your ski will react to your movements. Often, there are hooks on a ski boot: 2 on the shoe and 2 on the collar. The tightening is then integral and precise.-
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 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.
Some brands also offer versatile ski boots, which can be used for ski touring.