SNOW SKI BOOTS
Snow ski boots are the most important piece of ski equipment you can own. Ski boots need to be comfortable but supportive in order for you to maximise your time and enjoyment on the snow. We carry a great range of men's and ladies snow ski boots from the best brands on the market including Atomic Ski Boots, Salomon Ski Boots, Technica Ski Boots, Dalbello Ski Boots, Nordica Ski Boots, Rossignol Ski Boots and Full Tilt Ski Boots.
We offer a large variety of ski boots in different fits, widths and flexes for skiing of different types and skiers of varying ability levels. Our expert team of boot fitters are available to help every day of the week.
Snow ski boots are available in a two key styles. These include traditional alpine boots and touring boots. Traditional alpine boots make up most of the market, generally feature 4 buckles and are available in a wide range of flexes and widths. These are best suited to skiers that mostly keep on piste and within resort boundaries. They are popular amongst beginners and carry through to expert skiers and ski racers. Our most popular alpine boots include the Salomon X Max, Atomic Hawx, Rossignol Alltrack, Dalbello DS, Technica Mach 1 and Nordica Speed Machine. In addition, Freeride ski boots are an extension of alpine boots but may add a walk-mode functionality for increased flex whilst walking or touring and some may have fewer than 4 buckles for a varied flex. Some Freeride boots may accomodate a touring binding system in conjunction with an alpine boot sole using ISO 9523.
Secondly, touring boots are built primarily for skiers that venture out-of-bounds for the day. Touring boots are designed to be extremely lightweight and allow for a great range of flex while hiking. Touring boots using ISO 9523 touring soles are becoming more popular each year allowing the boots to work in modern alpine bindings such as the Salomon Warden 13 MNC.
Snow ski boots need to fit extremely precise without pressuring the foot causing discomfort. Several features of a boot combine to create a bigger picture. The flex rating generally ranges from 70 for a soft boot up to 150 for a ski race boot. The flex rating dictates how much forward pressure you will be able to transfer from the front of the boot to the skis. A stiff boot will allow for high-energy transfer for advanced to expert skiers. A soft boot is ideal for beginners to intermediate skiers and also provides maximum comfort. In addition to the length of ones foot, the width is the second most important measurement to factor into ski boot selection. The last (mm) of a boot is the measurement of the widest part of the forefoot. A narrow boot will have a last of 98mm, a mid boot will have a measurement of 100mm and a wide boot may have a measurement of 102-106mm. The flex and last of a boot will always be shown in the specifications, and sometimes printed on the shell of the boot itself.
In most cases, boots with a higher flex rating will be more expensive due to using more robust materials in the outer-shell and a higher quality of liner. Boots with high quality liners combine different foams for specific fit and adjustment. Majority of boots today include heat-mouldable liners which prove to be an easy way to wear the boots in quickly without hitting the slopes. Heat moulding is a service we provide free-of-charge for all customers purchasing new snow ski boots.