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Tecnica Ski Boots

You skis boots should never ruin your day out on the slopes. Did you know many common complaints about ski boots can be remedied by knowledge of the proper way to put your boots on? Our Christy Sports boot fitters are happy to show you some methods and for those problems that just can’t be solved by rearranging the buckles, our team is standing by to troubleshoot so your time on the mountain is more enjoyable. Check out some of the top complaints we hear about ski boots and how they can be fixed:

Ski Boot Pain- The Top 5 Complaints

Tecnica Ski Boots

  1. Cold feet

Spending the day with your feet covered in snow is bound to bring a little chill to your toes right? While sub-freezing temperatures may be necessary for the perfect pow day, suffering from freezing feet are not. Still, cold feet are one of the most common complaints from skiers. The best remedy for cold feet is ensuring you have a properly fitting boot to optimize circulation. Boot warmers can also help keep your tootsies toasty in the cold of winter.

  1. Toes (Black Toe or 6th Toe)

Toes may be small but keeping them comfy in a ski boot is crucial to making the most of your day out there. Having an ill-fitting boot can put your toes in a bad position, causing you pain and perhaps one or two less toe nails. If you’re experience fleeting toe nails, the boot is most likely too big for your foot and is causing your toe to hit the end or you are compensating by lifting your toe up. If your boot is too narrow, it can lead to toe pain and poor circulation. But not too worry, an experienced boot fitter can punch out the toe box, widening it for a more optimal fit.

  1. Ankle/ Arch Support

We all want to feel supported, in life and in our ski boot. Not enough support in your boot can lead to a multitude of discomfort and pain. Often, a custom foot bed will solve support issues as they are sculpted to your exact foot, whether you have a high arch or flat feet. It’s impossible to create one ski boot that meets the support needs of every skier, which is why adding in a custom element is so helpful.

  1. Heel Lift (Moving around inside the boot)

It’s common for skiers to pick out a boot that “feels good” when they slip it on in the shop. But what is comfortable on a boot bench often isn’t the best fit for out on the mountain. Your ski boot shouldn’t fit like a slipper, but should snuggly hold your foot in place. Buying a boot that’s too roomy might spell out trouble later, as a lifting heel or a sloshing foot often leads to the other ailments mentioned. If the boot fits but the heel cup is too wide, your boot fitter can solve that with boot fitting aids such as a heel wedge.

  1. Acute pain points

A dull ache is common in a new ski boot as you are packing it out and breaking it in. But when a dull ache turns into a pain you can pinpoint, there may be a problem. The solution might be as simple as a wrinkle in your sock but could require a little more expertise. The boot your heart is telling you to choose may not be the one that’s actually best for you so it’s helpful to have a pro there to help guide your instincts.

A ski boot can make or break your bluebird day, you deserve to be comfortable and confident in your boot whether you’re a beginner just settling into your skis or have been shredding most of your life. Tecnica is a brand that’s all about providing skiers with great-fitting ski boots. Check it out!

Tecnica & a Great Boot Fit Go Foot-in-foot

Tecnica C.A.S.

Tecnica believes in producing ski boots with a great out-of-the-box fit. C.A.S. or Custom Adaptive Shape is Tecnica’s revolutionary new fit system created to cater to standard hotspots in everyone’s feet like ankle bones or the top of the foot. Tecnica stands behind a comfortable fit that doesn’t require sacrificing performance. Tecnica uses an anatomically shaped sell. A whaty what? That fancy lingo just means the shell inside of the boot is shaped to fit a human foot, preventing discomfort while you spend the day traversing the mountain. Which leads to more time traversing the mountain and less time inside the lodge with just your socks on.

We think you’ll discover a pretty fantastic fit in a Tecnica boot. But in case you require some adjustments C.A.S. offers more customization options than ever! Dimples on the shell offer easier customizing and a shape that holds better and for longer. The tiny dimples make the shell easier to heat and mold. Head into one of our Christy Sports locations to try on a Tecnica boot for yourself, or to ensure your Tecnica boot is a steller fit for your foot!

Product Spotlight: Tecnica’s Mach1 Ski Boot

The Mach1 is Tecnica’s all-mountain, high performance boot ready to tackle any terrain. The Tecnica Mach1 ski boot is the perfect boot for a skier who loves the feel of a performance boot but doesn’t want or need the full flex of a race boot. It’s a great choice for a less aggressive, all-mountain skier who doesn’t want to compromise on comfort or responsiveness.

Shop the Tecnica Mach1 now

Ski boot fitters gather around for Christy Sports' Boot Fit Training

Christy Sports Boot Fit Training

Ski boots are far from Cinderella’s glass slipper. Your Christy Sports boot fitter won’t slip a boot on your foot and cross their fingers it fits. Hours of training and development go into breeding boot fitters who leverage their expertise while putting the customers’ needs first to create an experience that is enjoyable both on the slopes and in the shop.

Throughout our shops in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Washington, are individuals highly trained in the art of gearing guests up for their best day on the mountain skiing or boarding. We strongly believe the greatest gear set up starts with a boot that fits flawlessly. Our boot fitters go through hours of training and hold years of experience under their boot buckles.

One such facet of development? Our annual boot fit training, held on the Front Range and in the mountains and ran by our Ski Boot Buyer, Joe Liefer. The training is focused on reiterating important aspects of the ski boot fit process to our expert boot fitters and teaching them new tidbits to enhance the customer experience and help create comfort and longevity on the mountain. The training, held in October just before ski season ramps up, is just one example of the time and energy spent making sure our boot fitters can stand behind their work in the shop in order to give you two comfortable feet to stand on among the slopes.

Don’t Let Your Ski Boots Ruin Your Day

Our Boot Fit Guarantee is a crucial value add of purchasing ski boots through Christy Sports. We won’t just sell you a boot, we’ll make sure it WORKS for you, allowing our guests to head into any Christy Sports to have their boots tweaked following purchase if they aren’t living up to expectations. We have slope-side stores at almost every major resort in Colorado and Utah, meaning you can head in to consult a boot expert the second you need an adjustment. Come place your feet in our highly competent hands!


In this series of posts, we’re covering one of our annual boot fit trainings, where some of our most skilled boot fitters have the chance to brush up on their craft and experts in the field show newer boot fitters the ropes in a hands-on environment. Learn just how much time and effort is put behind placing boot fitters in our store that can ensure your time on the mountain is as enjoyable as possible. Stay tuned! 

Bob Gleason talks to Christy Sports boot fitters.

Bob Gleason educates Christy Sports boot fitters.

Ski Boot Insoles

Boulder_Store18_02Finding that perfect ski or snowboard boots is a daunting task. You might spend hours doing research and talking with experts until finally you find the perfect boots.  Then you get dialed in with the help of your local boot fitter and as they’re working on your fit they might ask you if you’re interested in a custom ski boot insole. Don’t skimp on this part as it is arguably the most important component.  Replacing the generic insole with one that is customized to fit your foot is a game changer.

 

DFP (Dynamic Foot Positioning) designs both ready fit insoles, an inexpensive way to add comfort, and fully customizable insoles.  These insoles are fully fabricated to your feet, resulting in an efficient biomechanical interface between foot and footwear.  There are three key ways a custom insole will change your life (on the mountain).

Comfort and Fatigue– A heat molded footbed is fabricated to each individual foot and helps eliminate pressure points by spreading out your weight over a large surface, this allows for increased comfort and decreased fatigue.

Neutral Stance– Nobody has a perfectly aligned stance, most of us either pronate or supinate, meaning our ankles roll inward or outward.  With the addition of a custom molded insole you are able to neutralize your stance and correct your alignment from your ankles all the way up to your hips.

Energy Transfer–  The molding process and the ThermoCORK materials gives you a balanced foundation which allows you to efficiently transfer energy and get the most out of your skis or snowboard.

 

Dynamic Foot Positioning makes a variety of insoles for every level of skier.

Ready-Fit Insoles – A quick and inexpensive upgrade, offering support and cushion for many types of footwear.

BlueprintBlueprint – Quick comfort for upgraded support, straight out of the box

StompStomp – Maximum cushion for shock absorption

Full Custom Insoles – Fully customizable to offer a natural, comfortable, and balanced foundation, fabricated by a Christy Sports boot fitter.

Podium P1Podium P1 – low volume fit

Podium PlusPodium Plus – High degree of stability

PodiumPodium – Plush seamless cushion

 

IMG_0810Possibly the biggest perk to adding a fully customizable insole is it qualifies you for the Christy Sports boot fit guarantee allowing you to have your boots tweaked at any Christy Sports location.

Whether you ski or ride, race or freeride, on powder or hard pack, custom support from DFP insole will give you the added comfort fit and performance you need to crush the day on the mountain.  Stop by your local Christy Sports and ask a boot fitter for help with the right insole to help you stomp the day!

Ski Boots For Wide Calves

The great thing about people is that we are all different, but this does present some issues for skiers, especially when it comes to ski boot fitting. One of the most common complaints I hear from people looking for new ski boots is that they’ve never been able to find a comfortable boot because they have wide calves, so they just accept that they will have to cope with hot spots and other pain while skiing. If you have the same mindset, abandon those negative thoughts, because there are few different ways to accommodate athletic calves.

Start by looking for a boot with a short cuff and consider getting a custom insole with a heel lift to bring the shaft of the leg slightly out of the boot. This will allow the boots to make contact with the lower leg and narrower part of the calves, enhancing fit and comfort.

You should also consider adding a custom liner that fits into any shell and can be molded by a professional to accommodate any extra room. Although custom insoles and liners are great solutions for issues with fit, it really helps to start with the right boot. It is strongly advised that you consult with a knowledgeable boot-fitter to ensure that you are getting the best recommendations for your anatomy. In case you don’t have the ability to meet with an expert at Christy Sports, here are few models to start your boot search with:

Men’s Ski Boots for Wide Calves:

 

Women’s Ski Boots for Wide Calves:

These models are by no means a cure-all, but we’ve found them to be a good starting point in our shops. If the fit of your ski boots has been an issue in the past, visit a shop and get fit by a professional. At Christy Sports, we guarantee every boot we fit in our shops. This includes any molding, liners, parts, and labor. Have you found solutions for boot fit issues? Help fellow skiers by sharing them in the comments below.