Ski Boot FAQ

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Are comfortable ski boots really possible?

Yes, having comfortable feet while skiing is possible.  First we select ski boots that best suit your needs, then we make them fit better.  With over 100 years combined experience our boot fitters are some of the best in the business.  Let them find the perfect boot for you from our 45+ models from 7 leading brands.

How do I know which boots to choose?

Ski boots come in various shapes, volumes, flexes and functionality.  Our ski boot fitters will inspect the shape and characteristics of your feet and recommend the 1 or 2 models and sizes which are most appropriate.  We'll also analzye your stance, stature and flexibility.  All factors are taken into consideration.  After selecting the best boot for you, our boot fitters will modify the boot to better match the shape of you and your feet.

What type of ski boots do I need?  Alpine, Touring or Crossover?

The amount of touring (backcountry hiking) that you do will determine the best type of boot for you. 

    AT (Alpine Touring) - This is typically a boot that will be used only for touring and will be a dedicated setup separate from your alpine or resort ski and boot set-up.  This boot is designed to with a tech touring binding and we do not recommend it for substantial inbound skiing. 

     Crossover boot - This is a possible option for one boot to be used both in the resort and for "occasional" backcountry hiking.  This style of boot usually will work with certain touring bindings as well as a standard DIN step-in binding.

    Alpine Boot - This is a boot that is designed for inbound or resort skiing only.  It typically does not have a walk mode and cannot be used with a tech style touring binding.  These boots will usually perform better than an AT or Crossover boot while skiing inbounds.

What is ski boot fitting?

Boot fitting is just that, fitting the boots to your feet.  Ski boots come in many different shapes so we can usually find a model that closely matches your feet.  But almost nobody's feet are perfect so most ski boots need to be modified in some way to make them fit better. By heating, punching, stretching, cutting, grinding and padding the boots we can accomplish just that.  All ski boots purchased at Fanatyk Co include no charge fitting services for as long as you own your boots! *Excludes Online Purchases.

Help! I've got ugly feet with bunions, boney ankles and other issues.

No problem.  That's where boot fitting comes in and that's where we do our best work.  By heating then stretching we can change the physical shape of the plastic shells of ski boots.  Those bunions, boney ankles and protruding naviculars will all experience comfortable relief after a visit with one of our expert boot fitters.

Will Fanatyk Co perform boot fitting services on my existing ski boots?

Yes.  Bring in your current boots and our fitters will be happy to help.  We've seen it all when it comes to feet and ski boots so our boot fitters will give you an honest assesment of your existing boots and how to improve them.  Uncomfortable ski boots may mean that they are inappropriate for you and your needs.  If our fitters feel that modifications are not the answer or worth the cost then be ready to discuss some new ski boots.

What about custom foot beds and custom liners?

Foot beds are almost always a benefit for skiers.  Whether it's a full custom foot bed made 100% just for you or one of our off-the-shelf foot bed solutions, most skiers need foot beds.  Foot beds will add comfort and performance to your new or existing ski boots.  Custom liners from Intuition or Conformable are excellent options for anyone looking for a performance upgrade.

Why might I need custom foot beds?

Everyone's feet are unique.  Some are flat like a pancake and others are rigid and tall over the instep.  The goal of any foot bed is to offer support to your unique foot.  In skiing the optimal foot position to be supported in is called "neutral".  Neutral alignment is when the foot is in its strongest position for energy transfer in a ski boot. The bones lineup nicely and your entire lower leg alignment is better controlled.  Ski boots only flex in one linear direction.  Your feet don't need to act like they would in running shoes therefore foot beds meant for ski boots are unique from other types.  Keeping your feet in a strong structural position will make you a better skier.

What is the difference between cuff alignment and canting?

Alignment is a multi step process to achieve proper lateral ski position for optimal performance.  "Cuff alignment" is an adjustment to your boot’s upper cuff to match your specific leg angle creating a flat ski regardless of your leg stance (“Knock-kneed” or “Bow-Legged”).  
Alignment (true canting) is and adjustment made below the boot on the boot sole or under the binding to allow the center of knee mass to be equal and correctly positioned over the ski.  A proper custom foot bed is essential for this process.
Alignment (true canting) service is not included in the purchase price of ski boots.

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