Before you buy ski boots. Part 2

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If the distance has increased or decreased, this means that your foot slides respectively inward or outward. Therefore, your knee does not move forward when squatting, as it would be good for a good sliding down the slope. The problem can be solved with a suitable insole specially constructed for you.

The last test that you need to make at home affects the twisting of your ankle.

For a good skier is essential to properly transfer the weight to the front of the shoe. To understand the scope of bending of the ankle, do the following:

■ Again, find a partner to assist you with the measurement.

■ Stand straight with legs, placed from each other at a few centimeters.

■ Squat as your heels must remain flat on the floor.

If when squatting your knee moves forward to a point located approximately between the base of the big toe and 2/2, 5 cm beyond it, then you have a good twist of the ankle. However, if your knee goes too far forward or backward, you will need to buy ski boots, consistent with the scope of twisting of your ankle.

Once you have done these three small experiments, armed with specific information about your posture, knees and ankles, head to the specialized shop for ski equipment. You have to be prepared that you will spend more time there. It is necessary to also ensure that the employee knows how to “read” the information you provide, and is familiar with the specifics of each ski boots and therefore will be able to guide you which are the most suitable for you. What you should expect from a ski boot is a combination of comfort and good performance. Comfort means that when you put the shoe on in the morning you should not need to constantly adjust it during the day. You should not feel pain, prick, pressure, cold or numbness. The good performance means to feel like the shoe is a continuation of your leg. When you bend your ankle, even very slightly, must follow immediate response from the inside of the shoe to the end of the ski, i.e., speed in the transmission of the motion to the ski.

Many companies already produce models of ski boots designed for off piste skiing, the so called freeride. They must have a higher index of hardness. While for the usual descent on the slopes you need shoes with an index of hardness from 50 to 70, then for freeride you will need to obtain shoes with an index of about 90. If you stop at racing models, it is good to keep in mind that they are not as comfortable and their index of hardness is about 110-120. Since they are professional, any minimal movement of the legs is transmitted to the ski.


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