Dodge Ski Boots was founded on a simple, yet bold idea: Let's make the best ski boot possible.
As longtime ski racers, we've experienced first-hand many of skiing's innovations and been frustrated that today's boot technology hasn't kept pace with ski and binding technology.
We also have spent many years in product development and marketing working for companies large and small and seen how many terrific ideas get quashed by too many under-informed managers and uninspired designers.
So, in early 2009 when "the stars aligned," Dodge Ski Boots was born, giving us the opportunity to follow our passion, our gut and our experience, without compromise. A good friend and mentor of ours said early on that we should concentrate on making the best boot possible and "don't be fashion." So you won't see us with glitzy ads or colors or anything else. We just concentrate on the boot.
We’re located in a barn in Vermont with a great view of Mount Mansfield … a terrific inspiration, but also a distraction if the snow looks good and the sun is shining! It does make it easy for us to quickly try out our newest ideas and concepts aimed at bringing you the best boot possible.
Some interesting aspects to the carbon fiber shell:
The Dodge Ski Boot should be sized so you have sufficient toe room, as it is not possible to stretch the toe box.
Heating and stretching must only be done by DODGE-certified boot fitters using approved equipment. The composite materials are very sensitive to how they are heated and stretched.
The DODGE Ski Boot sole is made with 4mm of extra thickness to allow for canting and delta-angle adjustment (lateral canting and fore/aft ramp angle.) The sole MUST be trimmed to ISO specs before use to ensure binding compatibility.
Most boots use a "boot board" under the liner to fill the spaces left in the shell needed for injection molding. It is convenient to grind this "filler" to change the ramp angle (or angle of attack) under the foot. But, most boot boards fit pretty loosely and don't transmit your power efficiently to the ski. The DODGE does not use a boot board, so there is no "slop" between the sole of your foot and the sole of the boot. For this reason, changing "ramp angle" on the DODGE is done by grinding the sole.
The DODGE Ski Boot can be sole canted and cuff aligned with fixed bushings so once it’s set, it will never come out of adjustment. Your boot fitter will help you.
How rare is this - a new boot company! Pretty exciting!