Skiing is a refreshing game; it’s fun and full of adrenaline, but just like with any other game, it is vital to choose the right equipment. Take free downhill skiing, for instance, that requires an alternative type of ski equipment consisting of ski boots, ski sticks (Batons), ski mask, and helmet and the corresponding clothing. Ski beginners are often confused by the number of all the different features; however, there are some rules to make your choice more affordable and fitting to your needs. Choosing a boot has always been a big puzzle, but it is one of the critical factors in good quality skiing experience. So make sure you have the right ski boots, long before you visit the winter resort of your choice this winter.
First, we need to know exactly what we are looking for concerning all the different types of skiing.
Hardness on the side and front of the ski boot
The limited movement of the ankle joints inside the boot makes the choice of the boot quite important. The boot should be firm in the lateral movements of the feet.
To angle the skis, the skier must press the sidewalls of the boot. The harder the boot in terms of lateral pressures, the better.
There must be an adjustment of the boot hardness by the manufacturer. Usually, by choosing a relatively soft boot, the skier will come out more profitable from his purchase.
Essential factors for the hardness of the ski boot are:
- The morphology of the body
If you are heavy at the hips, then the centre of gravity of your body is relatively low. This means that it is preferable to buy a soft boot for more significant and more comfortable movement control. In contrast, people with thin hips and broad shoulders, with a high centre of gravity, have more options in terms of body movements during skiing.
- Skier ability
An excellent and experienced skier or a professional athlete chooses the hard ski boots. But if you are a beginner or intermediate user, then it would be best to avoid such a hard boot option. The stiffness of the boot will hold your body back, so you do not ski properly and lead to an unfortunate event.
- The kind of skiing you prefer
If you are interested in ski moguls, the softest boot will help. Mogul skiing is a type of freestyle skiing, where skiers ski on a snowy terrain full of potholes, so choosing a softer boot will give you more comfort and motion control for you. Great skiing enthusiasts often prefer softer boots for downhill speed racing than, for example, slalom skiing or giant slalom skiing. For skiing in icy and more decadent snow terrain with fast and small turns, the hard boot is preferable.
The number of the ski boot
The ski boot must be tested with a special ski sock that is reinforced on the rod, front sole, toes and heel. Always remember that the number should be exactly the same as the foot and maybe a little smaller but in no case should it be bigger.
The height from the boot is usually low for women and children and higher for men. Among the most specialized skiers, men and women wear the same size because they feel better and control their legs better. Higher height means more difficulty in bending the boot—all in combination with the hardness and height of each person.
The boot shoe
The shoe must be fitted precisely to the “thermofit” foot so no other person can put it on. This can be done with the use of a hairdryer (no kidding), but you must be careful not to burn the boot. For more safety go and by that particular machine that the ski shops that sell for that purpose.
The external details of the boot
It is vital that the clips for locking the boot are not plastic and that it has a movement position in the last of the four of the boot clips at the top. As for the various features of the boot, this is where “the less is better” saying applies.
These boots are made for skiing
As you may have noticed, choosing the right ski boot is by no means a simple process. But by reading this guide, you are now able to make a potential purchase. Having gathered the right equipment, you will not only be able to enjoy your favourite sport, but you will also be able to enjoy the magical experience of your visit to an awe-inspiring winter resort. A winter resort that will provide you with the accessibility to your daily skiing routine but also with the option of your leisure and relaxation through impressive facilities and fun activities. And now by choosing Nuco Travel, you can visit the French Alps through fantastic packages specifically tailored to your needs. So grab your boots, and let’s go!