Are your boots fitting right?
No pain, all gain.
Ski boots play a critical role in the safety and enjoyment of your time on the slopes. They need to fit correctly in order to provide the necessary support and control for your feet and ankles.
Unfortunately, many skiers make the mistake of buying ski boots without having them properly fitted — sometimes even making the purchase sight unseen — leading to discomfort, pain, and in the worst case scenario, injury.
So how do you know if your boots need a professional’s touch? If you’re unsure, here are 5 sure-fire signs to look out for:
1. Foot pain or discomfort
Contrary to popular belief, you should not experience pain while skiing. If your feet hurt or cramp in your boots, it’s an indicator that your boots are probably not the right fit. A professional fitter can assess your feet to make sure your boots are properly aligned and adjusted to provide maximum comfort.
2. Lack of control
If you find yourself struggling to control your skis during turns, ill-fitting boots may very well be the culprit. Properly fitted boots should provide a secure, snug fit that allows for maximum control and responsive movement.
3. Difficulty walking
Sure, walking in ski boots is no walk in the park (this is because of the forward lean design in boots), but it shouldn’t feel like your feet are sliding around in them. If they are, you’ve got a problem and it may be time to head on down to a bootfitter for a solve.
4. Heel lift
When your heel is lifting inside your boot, it can cause discomfort, shin pain and a lack of control. If a boot is properly fitted, it should have a snug fit around the heel area.
5. Cold feet
If your feet are constantly cold or numb while skiing, it could be a sign that 1) your boots aren’t well insulated or 2) your boots aren’t fitting properly. Either way, boots that fit right should keep your feet warm, dry and snug.
Don’t let ill-fitting boots ruin your ski experience. If you’re noticing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to schedule a professional ski boot fitting appointment. An expert fitter will be able to pinpoint what’s wrong and how to fix it, whether that means making small modifications to your current boots or buying a new set.