As the end of the season winds down to a close, it's almost that time of year where the ski sales begin. I thought I'd make a thread since I saw this so often on what boots to get.
First thing first you must know before buying boots is what size shoe are you. When buying boots, this is probably one of the most important aspects. If your boots are too big, you could slide in them making it easier to severely damage your foot. Some people will actually go a half size down when buying boots so the boot can hug your whole foot securely preventing any injuries. When picking boots, this actual barely makes a difference. The only difference with half sizes and full sizes is the thickness of the removable insole you stand on.
Ski boots are measured in centimeters if you were not aware. So I will put a sizing chart below so you know what size boot to get. The link for the sizing chart is below.
Now that you have figured out what ski boot size you are, you must also know what kind of foot you have. This only matters if you have a wide foot because most narrow footed people will be snug enough in a normal fit boot. It's important to make sure that your boot fits snug to your foot. It's not fun when you have a wide boot or a boot that just doesn't conform to your foot like it used to. (Believe me, blisters suck)
Read the reviews on the boot of your choice and look to see if this boot fits true to size, and conforms to your shoe size.
So now that you know the different aspects to look into before you buy a pair of boots, now I'll give some ideas for a pair of boots to possibly buy. Keep in mind that a good pair of boots are never really cheap. If you want good equipment, don't cheap out but you also don't need to buy the most expensive boots as well.
are a great starting boot. I even rode these and say they're pretty comfy.
Price $130 - $250
(These boots have been replaced with the Salomon ghost fs boots which are almost exactly the same)
-Rigid outer sole
-Interchangeable toe + heel piece
-Liner wears down in 3 seasons.
-Shin bang after wear
-Plastic stretches too much near buckles
-Heel and toe piece top are soft plastic so it Dents and wears easily.
Full tilt booter
These are great boots and I have several friends that ride these and loved them.
(These boots are also no longer made so getting these may be more difficult)
Price: $250 - $300 on sale the house.com
-Interchangeable tongue piece.
-interchangeable heel + toe piece
-hugs foot and fits like a glove
-no longer in production
Not much really wrong with these boots. An amazing deal for the price.
Technica the agent
I don't know much about this specific model of technicas, but my friend rode a pair of technicas and liked them. Technicas are also cheaper than other brands such as full tilt and Salomon.
Price: $130 - $230
-hugs the foot
-carbon steel buckles
-outside cuff alignment
-shinbang present after 2-3 seasons
-no longer in production
I hope this thread helps you guys out on picking up your next pair of park boots. For now, keep it frosty. Thanks for your time.