How to choose your ski boots?

The boot is the most important part of your ski equipment. It determines your comfort, foot and ankle support, influences the movements of your body and the reaction of your skis (support, turns). Depending on which type of skiing you do, your level and the morphology of your foot, how do you choose boots that suit you?Between comfort, safety and precision, we help you see more clearly.

choose ski boots with decathlon's advice

The choice of adult ski boots is based on 3 criteria: they type of skiing, the level and the shape of your feet.

If there is one item of equipment that you need to choose carefully, it is your pair of boots.They determine your comfort, your ease, your performance, in short they are the key to success of your ski day! We hope that these tips will guide you in your choice and that you will be able forget your boots so that your outings are unforgettable!

1/ CHOOSE BOOTS THAT ARE ADAPTED TO YOUR TYPE OF SKIING

2/ SKI BOOTS ADAPTED TO YOUR LEVEL

It is important to choose a ski boot suited to your level. It is theFLEX, or index of rigidity of the boot, that will guide you to choose the right boot.beginners will opt for a rather flexible boot, which will offer more mobility, while experts will be able to choose a harder boot, which is more efficient but requires control and.

What is the FLEX ?

In order to give an indication to the rigidness of the boot, brand define for each boot a flex index. This figure determines the rigidity: the higher its value, the more rigid the shell.

Downhill skiingwhat type of boot for which level?

Freeride skiing: what type of boot for which level?

Good to know:

Your weight influences the choice of your boots. A heavy and strong skier must choose ahigher flex than the one recommended for his level.

FREERIDE: VERSATILE BOOTS

Certain models of ski boots are fitted withinserts, holes on either side of the forefoot and at the back, that allow you to adapt them to hook bindings, specially designed forski touring. In some cases you can add a special base to add or remove the inserts. These boots adapt to two types of bindings therefore offer flexibility of use (freeride or ski touring).

ski boots with inserts

3/ EACH FOOT SHAPE HAS A SKI BOOT

Good to know:

-The liner and the top of a woman's boot are wider for better calf comfort.

- Some liners can be custom molded to your foot: if you have tried several models of boots but still have sore feet,thermoforming could be THE miraculous solution. Some ski boots are equipped with a liner that can be heated to make it more malleable and shape it to your foot, ankle, calf And in some cases you can even thermoform yourself!

4/ TRYING ON SKI BOOTSAN ESSENTIAL STEP

It is unthinkable to buy ski boots without trying them on.In fact thefeeling, the comfort, the support of your foot cannot be measured without trying them on.

First of all, how could you know which size to buy?

Once you know the Flex, the most essential step is: determine your size.

The size of ski boots is measured in two stages: - The width: narrow (100mm), medium (102mm) and width (104mm) - The length in Mondopoints : this unit corresponds simply to the the length of the foot in centimeters.

Be careful: Take a size above to avoid being too tight, because the foot would not be properly maintained.

It is possible to find your Mondopoint boot size at a glance using conversion tables:

How do you try them on?

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