Shush, Shush, Shush, That’s not the sound of a teacher asking the kids to be quiet–it’s the sound of your skis pushing through fresh powder as you head down the slopes. As with most other sports, you need to keep close attention to your feet when choosing ski boots and when preparing your feet for skiing.
Every pair of feet is different, and boot manufacturers design ski boots to fit a variety of feet. When choosing ski boots for either buying or renting, it is important to remember that the boots need to be comfortable. It is best to have a professional work with you to fit your boots. Try to find a technician who is familiar with foot types and boot lasts. This will ensure that you choose the right boot for your foot and for your ability.
Since ski boots do not allow normal gait and limit the flexion at the ankle, the orthotics that you wear every day are not appropriate for insertion into your ski boots. Special orthotics for skiing can be designed and developed by a podiatric physician when necessary. When purchasing new boots, you will need to bring those to your Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) so that your foot can be evaluated with the boot.
If you want to ensure that your feet stay comfortable and warm as you manage the moguls, consider purchasing toe heaters. The heaters have a small disk that can be placed in the sock or under an orthotic combined with a rechargeable battery pack, these heaters can provide a heat source throughout the day.
Finally, the socks you choose can make the difference in how long you are able to tolerate the temperatures. When your feet are dry, they feel warmer. Look for socks with wicking ability.
Tips for Choosing Snowboarding Boots:
Since boots for snowboarding differ from ski boots, here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing or renting snowboard boots:
- In snowboarding, the heel drives everything. So a snug, firm fit is important. A boot that is too loose is a safety hazard. The heel should be stable in all directions in order to ensure maximum performance.
- To determine a proper fit when trying on a snowboard boot, you must completely lace the boot and stand up in it. This will allow the heel to settle back into the boot.
- Try on your boots while wearing a thin synthetic sock. Wearing a sock that is too heavy will prevent a proper fit. Synthetic socks are preferred to control moisture as well as prevent friction.
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