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Tips for Buying or Renting Ski Boots

When buying or renting ski boots it is important to get a pair with the proper fit or you can expect to suffer the consequences...seriously, nothing will ruin a days skiing faster than a pair of poorly fitted boots. Regardless of your skill level, the right size boots will enhance your performance and comfort. Keep in mind that a more expensive boot is not necessarily a better boot if it does not fit properly.

The first thing to decide upon is the type of boot you are after. Ski boots are categorized as Racing or Freestyle and are manufactured for Men, Women and Children. In general, a boot designed for women will be more pliable, narrower and slightly shorter at the cuff to ensure that they will buckle with ease. Those produced for Racing are often much firmer as they must continue to offer support at high speeds. When designed for Freestyle skiing they are softer and include extra padding to cushion the impact of jumps. The most important aspects of the boot to consider are the size, flexibility and width.

Since the object of the boot is to connect you with your skis it is essential that they have a snug fit while allowing for only a small amount of movement in the heel. Pressure needs to be distributed evenly around the ankle to enable a comfortable skiing experience. Look for boots that provide enough room for you to wiggle your toes without allowing your foot to slide back and forth. Pull the buckle over the boot to the half waypoint to test comfort when trying on boots. This way, you will be able to tighten the buckle when you need firmer support for more intense slopes and still be able to wear a pair of thicker socks if you need more flexibility.

When checking the width of the boot it is essential to keep in mind that as your skill advances you will be best suited by a narrower fit. The decrease in width will allow for greater control and more advanced skiers will sacrifice the comfort for this increase in agility. Most manufacturers will label their boots with a Flex rating. More advanced skiers will want to choose a higher flex rating while beginners should aim for a rating of sixty or under. Always remember to walk a few minutes when trying on boots so you can decipher if there are any points that place too much pressure on the foot. With these steps, you can choose the proper ski boots to get the most enjoyment out of your days on the slopes.

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