If you want optimum performance and comfort while Nordic skiing, then getting your boots properly fitted is a must. When your Nordic boots fit right, your balance improves and your feet are supported in all the right places, giving you better ski control.
Your feet are unique and so is the fit of each Nordic boot, which is why the boot fitting process takes several steps. The first is determining what category of Nordic skiing you are interested in: classic, skate, backcountry or cross-country touring. Next, we consider your budget, past experience with boot brands, and how often you plan to ski.
Once we have a good handle on your needs, we determine the idiosyncrasies of your feet (don’t worry, we all have them) and bring out our recommendations for the best boots for you. Then you try, try, and try again until you find the perfect fit for your feet. Got a wide foot with a narrow heel? We’ve got a boot for that. High instep giving you circulation problems? We’ve got a boot for that too.
Each Nordic brand tries to achieve an anatomical fit for a range of skiers, and to do so, they offer boots with a variety of lasts, volumes, and heel pockets. The last, or width, in the forefoot of the boot gives you more room (so your toes don’t get pinched) or less room (so your foot doesn’t flop around), resulting in better performance on the track. Volume, or the amount of room the boot has to offer, ensures the best mix of comfort and stability. The heel pocket is the most important part of the fit and helps you control your skis. Your heel should feel securely locked in and shouldn’t be able to move up and down while you’re skiing.