How do you stop having cold feet in ski boots?

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Oh, skiing... snow, sun, fun gliding, amazing views ... and cold feet! A never ending problem that concerns nearly everyone and that can ruin a great day on the ski slopes! To remedy this, we reveal some tips!

FIRST OF ALL, do you know why we get COLD FEET when SKIING?

The body is an extraordinary machine whose main objective is to preserve our most important organs such as the heart, the brain and the lungs.So as soon as the cold threatens to reach them, they are protected by making the blood flow to them to keep them warm.The blood vessels in the extremities (hands, feet, nose, etc.) retract so that the blood that keeps them warm usually does not pass through.

1/ carefully chosen ski boots

The choice of ski boots is essential to avoid getting cold feet when you are on the slopes. Not enough space in the liner or on the contrary too much space can actually cause a feeling of cold feet 
When choosing your ski boots, it is therefore important to take into account two fundamental criteria: their size and their shape. Depending on the morphology of your foot, the type of ski boot differs. Better to take a narrow liner for slim feet, and a wider one for the opposite case. 

For even more comfort and warmth certain ski boots are equipped with thermoformable liners, that adapt to the foot's morphology. 

And for those who feel the cold even more: heated ski boots !
Equipped with a liner that heats around the toes, it provides continuous heat adjustable in 3 modes!

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2/ SOCKS ADAPTED FOR SKIING

A good ski sock is much better than 3 piled on top of each other, which could compress your foot in the ski boot. For a warm sock that wicks away perspiration, consider technical models, especially with synthetic materials.

Wedze's tip: a spare pair of socks in the backpack.

And if you're still cold, you can use foot warmers that are place on the top of the foot, above the sock. Additional heat for even more comfort on the coldest skiing days!

3/ WELL ADJUSTED SKI BOOTS

When you're about to attack your day's skiing make sure you adjust your ski boots well, ensuring good support, but don't tighten them up too much, to avoid compressing the blood circulation and making your feet cold.

Then adjust them as the day goes on: the foot adapts to the boot, the shell relaxes or contracts depending on the temperature, the liner itself settles a little during the day.Don't hesitate to tighten or untighten the bucklesas soon as any discomfort is felt or when more support is needed, it is the best way to stop any discomfort setting in.

Good to know:

Many ski boots are equipped with micro-metric buckles:the buckle can be extended to allow more volume or, on the contrary, tightened for better support. The ratchets can also be moved to gain volume, essential for example when you have a bigger calf or an instep that is not very high.

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THE GOOD REFLEX TO HAVE:MOVE!

Does the cold numb your feet? Nothing better for warming them up than moving to circulate the blood that provides warmth.

You can choose either or all:

- Wiggle your toes inside your ski boot

- Swing your leg back and forth before putting your skis on

- Jump from one foot to the other

- Stop to drink a hot chocolate or a cup of tea, as much for your feet as for your pleasure!

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With suitable socks, well-chosen and well-adjusted boots, good tips to avoid the cold spells, you will now have to find another excuse than your feet to take a break!

How do you keep your feet warm?

Chloé

Wedze communication team, made up of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts

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