How To Buy Skis And Boots
If you plan on going skiing anytime soon then knowing how to buy skis and boots is critical. Knowing how to buy skis and boots is one of the most important factors when planning a trip to the slopes. Skis and boots that work and fit properly are essential for an enjoyable ski trip. Proper skiing equipment helps to make sure comfort, warmth and performance. Here are some tips on buying ski equipment.
- Buy skis and boots from a specialty sports store or ski shop. The salespeople at a specialty sports store or ski shop are trained and experienced in matching the size, length and type of ski for the particular type of skiing and experience level. Their knowledge and experience can be very valuable when buying skis and boots for the first time.
- Allow plenty of time to shop for skis and boots. Going to a ski shop at 4:30 P.M. the day before a ski trip could guarantee a bad time on the mountain. Make sure that the skiing is not cut short because of cramps in the feet, cold feet, or an unfortunate collision with a tree. Plan on spending at least an hour shopping and trying on different ski boots, skis, and bindings.
- Spend ten to fifteen minutes in each pair of ski boots. When buying skis and boots it is important to spend enough time standing in the equipment to get a real feel of how it will fit when wearing them. After spending a few hours in the ski boots on the slopes, spending the time standing in them at the store will really pay off. Comfort is a key when buying skis and boots.
- Wear the same socks trying on ski boots that will be worn while skiing. This can make a difference in the fit and comfort of the ski boots. If thin socks are worn to try on the ski boots and thicker socks are worn while skiing, the ski boots may fit too tightly. Emulate as many of the same conditions as possible when trying on ski equipment that will be faced when skiing. No need to try on skis and boots while outside in the cold however.
Some technical aspects to observe when learning how to buy skis and boots:
- Checking the fit and comfort of the ski boot. Toes should slightly touch the front of the ski boot. There should be enough room for the toes to wiggle a bit and the heel of the foot to slide back slightly when bending the knees. Check for pressure points or areas that may cause pain. Ensure there is only a slight bit of room for the foot to move.
- Check for a firm fit around the lower legs, ankles, and the instep of the ski boot. When bending forward there should be an increase in support along the shin. A proper ski boot allows the ankles to bend and the support pressure to be evenly distributed along the shin. Check for pressure points to make sure the fit is comfortable.
- The physics of skiing and skis. The skis should match the skills and abilities of the skier. Take into consideration the type of terrain you plan to ski on. Wider skis work better in soft, snow and thinner skis do better in packed snow. Women’s skis are more flexible than men’s skis. Last but not least, the length of the ski is also important. Larger skiers find it easier to maneuver on longer skis and vice versa. Shorter skis are a good choice if you are a beginner and may move slower down the slopes. Regarding weight and height; a rule of thumb is typically, the higher in weight the longer the ski.
Armed with the proper knowledge of how to buy skis and boots, a skiing trip can be fun and exciting. Skiing is a favorite hobby and past time for many people both young and old, and is a great family activity. The proper equipment can make all the difference.