No pain. No gain.
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For any skier or snowboarder experiencing foot pain there is a boot fitting solution.
The sensation of cold feet can be mitigated with modifications to the boots you already own.
Edge control – the essence of skiing or snowboarding – can be improved dramatically through better boot fitting.
We can custom fit your ski or snowboard boots. Better Comfort. Better Performance
If it’s true that no two feet are the same is it also true that no two ski boots are the same? Turns out that they don’t make them like that. Both ski And snowboard boots are manufactured around a last (model foot) that the designer hopes will fit a lot of feet. In fact, even the left and right boot are exactly the same when you take them out of the box.
Addressing the problems this creates requires the services of a middleman. A bootfitter is predominately -an interpreter -whose task is to match your goals on the slopes to a pair of boots with the appropriate stiffness or flexibility – and the appropriate foot shape.
How simple is that?
It’s not – part of the art of boot fitting is the ability to be a good listener. The kind of fit you need to start with is determined by your aggression, physical fitness, and body size. A skilled bootfitter will question you to help decide which end of the tightness scale will best suit you-on the slopes. You need to know this because the tighter a boot fits the better it steers your skis or board – BUT- the tighter it fits the more it will affect the problem bones and muscles in your foot.
A second part of the art of boot fitting comes in understanding the elasticity of materials in various ski and board boots. Your bootfitter has to translate what you have said about your aggression and ability into a specific change to the shape of your boot.
The science of boot fitting comes from two sides. First is physiology. The biomechanics of your feet, ankles, knees and hips are all affected by the forces you generate on the slopes and the kind of boot you have on your feet.
The second part of the science is in the materials used in the construction of boots and foot beds.
It stands to reason that the more changeable the materials used the better the job the bootfitter can do. The best of footbeds are moldable casts that take a custom imprint of your foot. This stabilizes the range of motion that your foot will exhibit and increases the mechanical force you can put on your edges. It also helps your bootfitter be more precise. Problem bones will be easier to find and mark on the liners and shells of your boots. Stretching at these points will allow much more comfort while maintaining a secure fit for better control.
There’s obviously much more detail behind all this than space allows. You can rest assured that a good bootfitter will apply both art and science in making your time on the hill much more enjoyable.