Guide to the Perfect Ski/Snowboard Boot Fit

by Tara and Heidi - 16:11 on 11 November 2022

Just recently I met someone that thought that you could just buy snowboard boots off the shelf without fitting. This could be the reason why so many people buy their boots online and have so many problems.  

Snowboard boots are just important as ski boots to get the right feet for your day on the mountain. 

You spent all that money dazzling your friends with your great new boots with all the new tech, to find manufacturers use cheap insoles in their footwear, and someone has just told you to upgrade your insoles.  

So, why is it important, this will help you with better performance and posture. One of the best upgrades that you can do, is getting the correct footbed/insoles giving you better natural support for your feet and improving the response in your turns make a happier day on the mountain. 

What’s in a sock? Why can’t I just use any old sock, that is a very good question. 

The first thing they must be long over the calf to stop rubbing around the top of the boot, no holes would greatly help too. Must be smooth to the skin to stop bunching adding extra cushioning around the toe and shin to stop boot pressure and blisters. So, Don't wear any old socks you have lying around. Cotton socks will absorb sweat and give you cold trench-foot, and that the end of the day we all want happy feet.  

So, getting the right socks is just as important in choosing your boots, with a large range of socks on the market we recommend looking at lightweight to midweight when having your boots fitted, as boots come in different shapes and profiles so do your socks. 

Do I need all these upgrades or are the companies just trying to get more money out of me? 

A good idea is to buy the boots take them home wear them around the house or if you are luxury enough go riding in them. Then if you feel it needs tweaking go to a professional boot fitter and talk to them how they can help you with the best upgrades for you. So, try out some of the tips below. 


So how should my boots feel? 

Your toes should gently graze the front of the boot also you should have enough room to wriggle your toes. Another important factor with a boot fit is to have the right heel hold to stop heel lift making your turn more responsive. 

So, what is the best solutions for a good boot fit? 

For more info on boot fitting click HERE 

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