How To Buckle Ski Boots
They might look like some kind of medieval armor, but don't let that intimidate you—it's easy to learn how to buckle ski boots. Ski boots can have anywhere from three to five buckles, but the method for buckling them all is the same.
You will need:
- A pair of ski boots
- A pair of cotton-free socks
Always ensure that your ski boots fit properly—if they don't, your skiing experience will be a bad one whether you buckle them properly or not! Cotton-free, moisture-wicking socks are a must; there are several popular brands made just for skiing, so be sure to wear some ski socks rather than a regular pair.
The actual fastening of the buckles is pretty straightforward--the real method is knowing what order to buckle them in. Slip your feet into your ski boots, and get ready to get buckled up!
Buckle the third buckle from the bottom. It should be by your ankle.
- Buckle the fourth buckle from the bottom. Don't continue on up. The buckle order helps even out the pressure that the fastened boot has in the end.
Fasten the power strap. This should be located right above the fourth buckle; unlike the other straps, it fastens with velcro.
Next, buckle the second buckle from the bottom.
- The final buckle is the very bottom one. Fasten it and you've got one foot down, one to go.
Test the fit. Over-tightening the first and second buckles from the bottom is common, and will be uncomfortable. If you feel discomfort, unbuckle the two bottom buckles and try fastening them more loosely.
Repeat steps one to six on the other boot.
Front-entry boots are more expensive than rear-entry boots, but provide a tighter fit. A snug, accurate fit in ski boots gives you more precise control of your skis, and translates the energy from your body to the skis better, which let's you tackle tighter turns and higher speeds. No wonder skiiing professionals prefer front-entry skis!