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*'''[[Boot Buckles]]''' These are the devices that tighten the outer boot to the foot. Most ski boots have five or four buckles. *'''[[Boot Buckles]]''' These are the devices that tighten the outer boot to the foot. Most ski boots have five or four buckles.
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 +*'''[[Lateral Upper-cuff Adjustment]]''': An adjustment on some '''[[ski boots]]''' that allows the user to shift the upper boot. Useful for bowlegged or knock-kneed people who need to adjust their upper boot to the angle of their lower legs.
*'''[[Power strap]]''' A canvas strap that tightens the upper part of the hard boot around the low leg. *'''[[Power strap]]''' A canvas strap that tightens the upper part of the hard boot around the low leg.

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Ski boots are robust footwear developed especially for skiing, offering protection against jolts and bumps as well as injury from ski edges and other external causes. The ski boot encloses the foot firmly, while at the same time allowing the movement necessary for skiing techniques, in that the ankle has the room it needs to move, but at the same time allowing the transfer of every steering movement completely to the ski.
Ski boots are robust footwear developed especially for skiing, offering protection against jolts and bumps as well as injury from ski edges and other external causes. The ski boot encloses the foot firmly, while at the same time allowing the movement necessary for skiing techniques, in that the ankle has the room it needs to move, but at the same time allowing the transfer of every steering movement completely to the ski.

Ski boots are robust footwear developed especially for skiing, offering protection against jolts and bumps as well as injury from ski edges and other external causes.

The ski boot encloses the foot firmly, while at the same time allowing the movement necessary for skiing techniques, in that the ankle has the room it needs to move, but at the same time allowing the transfer of every steering movement completely to the ski.

The relevant national and international guidelines and norms establish the requirements.

Standard Boot Sole dimensions > iSo 5355

The boot manufacturers who display one of the following markings: DIN, ISO, ÖN, UNI guarantee that they use standard norms.

In the absence of any of these, check first with the boot manufacturer. These boots are designed for use with a pair of classic skis, and not with a monoski, snowboard or skiboard.

It is the skier’s own responsibility if (s)he chooses to take the additional risks.

When a pair of used boots is brought in, make sure that any worn parts are still within the norm.

The Alpine boot soles are standardized and bindings are designed accordingly.

The standard norm concerns not only the shape and dimensions as illustrated, but also the friction coefficient of the area of the sole which is in contact with the anti-friction plate on the binding.


Ski Boot Parts

Modern ski boots provide good foot support. Basic ski boots nowadays have the following parts:

  • Outer shell. Plastic, depending on brand and design can be more or less flexible.
  • Outsole. It´s the key part for the boot to provide good control over the skis.
  • Toe gap. This is the place where the front part of the binding connects with the boot.
  • Heel gap. It´s a prominence that continues back from the back part of the sole. Provides a place for the back part of the binding to click on.
  • Toe and Heel Lug The portions of the ski boot shell’s sole that interface with a ski binding; must meet industry standards for size; often replaceable in the event of wear.
  • Ankle flexpoint Usually a flat bolt, allows the skier to move forward and change stance when skiing.
  • Boot Buckles These are the devices that tighten the outer boot to the foot. Most ski boots have five or four buckles.
  • Lateral Upper-cuff Adjustment: An adjustment on some ski boots that allows the user to shift the upper boot. Useful for bowlegged or knock-kneed people who need to adjust their upper boot to the angle of their lower legs.
  • Power strap A canvas strap that tightens the upper part of the hard boot around the low leg.
  • Tongue Most boots offer two overlapped tongues, inner and outer, to provide great support, stability and comfort.
  • Grab loop on top of the tongue. This loop will help putting the boots on. It´s strongly sewn to the body of the outer shell tongue.
  • Boot liner The liner goes inside the shell, and is where the foot fits. Depending on the liner material,it can tend to be thinner or thicker. The best quality boots are lined with natural wool liners. Most liners have a set of laces of their own.
  • Boot BuckleThe buckles are what latch the ski boot closed. While there are many styles of buckles, the key components are the ladder, the bail, and the buckle itself. The ladder is the graduated rung that the bail, or wire, hooks onto so that the buckle can close to latch the boot tightly around the foot or ankle. Ski boots may have as many as four buckles, each drawing the boot tightly around a different segment of the foot or ankle.
  • Boot Sole The bottom of the boot that makes contact with the ski and binding is called the boot sole. Since this is the primary junction point between the boot and the ski it is critical to preserve its condition. Walking on hard surfaces can damage the boots’ sole changing the interaction between the boot and the binding reducing performance and safety. Toe and heel lugs are the portion of the sole that the binding grips onto. Some ski boots have replaceable lugs. This can save you some money if your boots sustain substantial wear and tear but it is better to simply protect the soles of your boots by covering them (Cat Tracks are a great product that cover and protect the soles of your boots) or refraining from walking around in your boots.

Also see

Reference

  • www.epicski.com Boot Fitting Terms And Glossary [1]
  • ABC of Skiing Ski Boots - Components and Features [2]



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