Hi everyone I was wondering how much ski boots have really evolved over the past 10 years. I know from year to years skis can have radical changes made to their design. But what about ski boots?
I've been saying similar things for a while now.
My thinking is that now that skis have gone so far, the boot designs will need to catch up. I see a few things to that change by some companies. I think they are in the process of zeroing in on that change. You see a few AT/BC and Alpine hybrid boots coming out. (Dalbello Virus Series and Tecnica Cochise) There must be a belief that AT will get more popular.( I don't know about that belief.) In the process of designing these hybrids is the place were I think the next big step forward will come from.
Liners are MUCH better than ever before.
As someone stated, Fischer's vacuum system looks like a step in the right direction with that particular plastic.
With the way the worlds financials are in I think everyone is playing it safe for right now. And taking small safe steps forward.
In the past there were two options: 1) You take a shell that is as hard as most rocks and make it fit two feet and calves; and 2) You custom build two shells to fit feet and calves of any dimension. Now there is a third option, which is forming a shell to each foot and calf. It isn't the same as a custom shell in that there are some limits on what can be done, but it should fit most people even better than a custom built shell due to the boot molding perfectly around the feet and calves. So what is the future? The future is here with the Fischer vacuum boot. Most of the other stuff has already been invented (foot beds, snap on soles for canting, adjustable forward pressure, reversed buckles, custom liners, etc.). Now it is about using better materials when they are invented.
Face it, they havent reinvented the wheel nor the ski boot but they fit better! Todays boots are way more comfortable and lots more toe room. Manufactures have thinned the plastic walls of the boots yielding a precise yet comfortable fit. The liners is where most of the changes have taken place. Manufactures are lasting the liners true to size-meaning there is more toe wingle room. One thing of note...if your spending more than $500 on a ski boot there is NO difference in a half size other than the label on the ski boot. Remember a ski boot should be one of the snuggest peices of footwear you will own.
Jeffrey S. Rich, C.Ped
Founder of Masterfit University