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Skis and Boots: Competition Tested, Athlete Approved

Many skis and boots available for recreational skiers and racers are based off of those the pros use. These demanding skiers put this gear to the test on some of the hardest courses in the world. Here’s a little more information on the skis and boots you will see on your favorite pros and how they relate to you.

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ASPEN,COLORADO,USA,19.MAR.17 – ALPINE SKIING – FIS World Cup Final, slalom, men. Image shows Marcel Hirscher (AUT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter

Atomic skis and boots

Atomic skis and boots are used by the likes of such famous alpine ski racers as Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher. Doubledeck Technology, Full Sidewall Construction, Ultra Power Woodcore and Servotec are all technologies used in Atomic skis that were born from skis created for World Cup athletes.

Race skis like the Redster S9 are created with some of these same technologies. Servotec truly is power steering for your skis. The pre-stresed rod and elastomer on the top of these skis are the secret to their success. They enable you to make more agile turns and allow your ski to be more stable in the straights. This advanced technology also trickles down to the purely recreational level for use in skis that require a short, quick turning radius like the Cloud 12 women’s ski.

Competition Tested Skis and Boots For You
The Atomic Clout 12 women’s ski

The Atomic Redster series of ski boots, is co-created with Atomic’s World Cup athletes for optimal power transfer and control. These narrow lasted and stiff flex ski boots provide the performance and handling these top level athletes need. Boots like the Atomic Redster Club Sport 110 and Atomic Redster Club Sport 70 are born from the same designs as their World Cup counterparts but with wider lasts, softer flexes and warmer liners. They are perfect for aspiring young ski racers that look up to these pros.

Dalbello Boots

Professional Freerider Dash Longe loves his Dalbello DRS 130 race boot because he skis like a racer – with his weight forward and his knees driving into his turns. With that in mind, the boot that was designed off of the DRS 130 – the Dalbello DRS 60 is the perfect match for your young ripper. They can wear it to race, yet still be comfortable free skiing with the family all day.

French Freestyle skier, Coline Ballet-Baz loves her Dalbello Chakra 95 because it is the perfect balance between being comfortable and being precise. She uses them for everything from slopestyle competitions and training to skiing powder or jibbing rails in the streets. Rest assured, if it works for her, it will work for you. This versatile and comfortable ski boot will work for you no matter where you take it on the mountain. You can even use it with your touring skis!

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Fischer skis

Proven by the likes of World Cup ski racers American Steven Nyman and Brit Dave Ryding, Fischer race skis are a force to be reckoned with. Modeled after the race skis used on the World Cup, the Fischer RC4 WC SL Men’s Ski is built for one thing – speed. This is the race ski for elite level U16, U21 and collegiate ski racers.

Also built with many of the same technologies as the adult race skis and modeled after those used on the World Cup, the Fischer RC4 WC GS Jr Curv WCP skis will take your young ski racer to the next level. These skis are designed to help your U14 or U16 skier bridge the gap between junior and adult race skis.

Kastle skis

Two-time World Champion and premier big mountain skier Chris Davenport uses Kastle skis. As well as two-time US Extreme Freeskiing champion Griffon Post. Griffon loves the BMX series, which is where the BMX 105 hails from. This wide ski has a 19m (173cm)/21m (181cm) radius for arcing big GS turns all day long.

“The Kastle BMX line combines float, playfulness and enough stability to charge hard in any condition.” –Griffon Post

Nordica skis and boots

Professional alpine ski racers David Chodounsky and Felix Neureuther choose Nordica skis and boots. With a design based on the World Cup skis, the Dobermann SLR RB Evo skis are built for skiers who are looking to dominate groomers or race league with a confidence that no ski can match. It is one of the quickest and most powerful skis in Nordica’s collection. Just like the skis the pros use, they engineer these skis in Italy and hand make them in Austria.

The Nordica Dobermann WC 130 ski boot has time and time again proven itself to be the benchmark of the Nordica Collection. It has served Nordica’s best athletes, at the sport’s highest level for over 20 years. Developed and tested by World Cup athletes, the Dobermann WC 130 is designed to make the most impossible turns, possible. Wear the Dobermann WC 130, because performance matters.

Competition Tested: Skis and Boots For You

Rossignol skis and boots

Frida Hansdotter, Henrik Kristoffersen and Michael Matt are some of the best alpine ski racers in the world. They are part of Rossignol’s band of heroes that test and use Rossi race skis. The Hero Elite LT Ti skis and Hero Elite ST Ti skis are born from this racing lineage. Developed in the race room, these skis bring power and precision to everyday skiing. If you are looking for a perfectly balanced full-throttle recreational ski to make tight slalom turns, the Hero Elite ST Ti is for you. If you are looking to carve big arcing GS turns, go for the Hero Elite LT Ti. Either way, you can’t lose.

If you are a smaller athlete or woman you will appreciate the Hero World Cup 110 SC race boots. Modeled after those used by the pros, it is a powerful, high performance boot with a narrow fit. Additionally it features a shorter cuff for women and smaller athletes.

Lange Boots

Your boots are your critical link between you and your skis. Alpine ski racer Marie-Michele Gagnon wears the Lange RS 130. The 130 is Lange’s award-winning, high performance race boot with near unanimous best-of-test results for technical experts and ski racers alike. It has a 97mm last, mono-injection shell with a Dual 3D Liner. It delivers World Cup power and precision with an exact, race-inspired fit. All boots in the RS line are developed from boots worn by elite level ski racers on the World Cup.

We are confident you will find that these competition tested skis and boots are just what you need to conquer the slopes. Stop in or shop on line for you competition tested, athlete approved ski gear today.

 

Looking for the Perfect Ski Boot? See a Boot Fitter

A boot fitter doesn’t just fix boots or boot problems. A boot fitter listens to your needs, assesses your feet, legs, and stance and makes educated recommendations based on their extensive knowledge of the products available. They take great pride in their ability to assess, instruct and guide you towards a boot that will both fit you well and perform to your expectations.

You may have done extensive research on ski boots, and you’ve diligently read the Ski Magazine test issue from cover to cover. But you still need to consult a professional. Your feet and skiing comfort are far too important. Your ski boots are the single most important piece of ski equipment you own.

Whether you’re looking to buy a new ski boot or just need a tweak on your current ski boot, you want to see a certified boot fitter for all of your ski boot needs.

Boot Fitter measuring a customers foot to make sure they get the right ski boot.

A boot fitter will make sure you get in the right ski boot

A ski boot is relatively rigid and has many different dimensions. So for you to achieve optimal performance and feel comfortable, you need to make sure that your foot not only fits the length of the boot properly but also the volume. Unlike shoes, which are relatively flexible, it’s not just the measurement of your foot from heel to toe. A foot that moves in a boot that is too loose in one part or another is just as bad as a boot that is too tight.

You probably don’t realize, but as you walk in the store towards a good boot fitter, he/she is already assessing your needs. They are watching the way you walk, looking for leg discrepancies or anything else that changes your gait.

Once you meet the boot fitter, first they will assess your foot. Looking at the shape and for bunions, bone spurs or styloids that might cause you to need a certain boot over another. Then the boot fitter will measure length, width, and instep of your foot. Finally, as you are trying on various boots, a boot fitter will assess how you flex the boot and determine what the appropriate flex is for you.

Flex is the measurement of boot stiffness. This arbitrary number indicates how hard it is to bend the boot forward. Unfortunately, the flex number ratings are not consistent from one boot brand to the next. So it is important to have a knowledgeable boot fitter who has not only worked with but tested the boots they sell.

It’s important to keep an open mind when shopping for new ski boots. The best ski boot for you is the one that fits your foot best. Not necessarily the one that “looks the best” or is a currently popular style.

A boot fitter can modify your ski boots to fit your needs

Out of the box, a ski boot is just a hard, plastic ski boot. It looks exactly like the mold it was born in and exactly like all of the other boots that came out of the same mold. But no two humans are alike. All skiers can benefit from a few simple boot modifications to improve their performance. When working with a boot fitter from the start, they will assess what needs to be done to personalize your boot for you. Things like custom insoles, stretching, cuff alignment and toe punches are done regularly to personalize ski boots for the wearer.

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Insoles

Insoles are a must-have for every skier! Everyone in our shop uses them both on and off the hill. They not only offer proper support in the arch and heel of the foot but align your foot, ankle, legs, knee, and hips and make your skis flatter on the snow. Which means more comfort when skiing and a better all-around skiing experience. We encourage all of our customers to make this your first step when it comes to personalizing your boot.

All ski boots come with a stock footbed, it is usually a pretty floppy piece of foam that fits inside the boot with little to no added support. There are several different types of aftermarket insoles available to fit every budget and need. From the inexpensive cut-to-fit drop in insoles to semi-custom and full custom molded and posted insoles. There is no skier out there who will not benefit from an aftermarket insole. Even if it is just an inexpensive, cut-to-fit drop-in insole. They provide much more support than the stock footbed in all boots.

For those looking for the ultimate in comfort and performance, or those with a foot or fit issue, we recommend full custom insoles. When you get a custom insole molded and posted to your foot you will feel noticeable changes in comfort, performance and even circulation and warmth. Your part in this upgrade is rather simple, it will take roughly 30 minutes to get a mold of your foot and then the rest is up to us! We then post and expertly grind that molded insole to give support in the needed areas and fit it in your boot as if it was always there.

Other boot modifications

Things like stretching, punches, stance analysis and cuff alignment usually come later, after you have spent a day or two skiing in your new boot.

A boot stretch will create more overall space in your toe box. A punch or grind will enlarge any specific area to help accommodate for things like a styloid, bunion, large ankles bones, etc. We have a saying here at the shop and that is “big bubble, no trouble” and it’s true our certified boot fitters are able to manipulate your ski boot’s shell to accommodate for all of these things. So if you feel like it’s impossible to get a boot that fits you right, give us a try before you give up. There’s always a solution.

When you ski, if you find you turn one way better than the other you may have a slight misalignment issue. It’s important to make sure your leg is neutral in the cuff of your boot so your boot sits flat to the ski. A cuff alignment adjustment will ensure your boot cuffs properly align with your stance to help you arc better turns.

Looking for the Perfect Ski Boot? See a Boot Fitter

We have a large selection of ski boots. They are literally stacked floor to ceiling! And all of our boot fitters are Masterfit Certified and have spent years gathering knowledge and honing their skills. We love to help get skiers into the proper ski boot to enable you to ski your best. Stop in and see us the next time you need to buy a new pair of ski boots or need boot fitting work done.

Winter is Coming: Is Your Ski Gear Ready?

With the new season nearly upon us it is important to make sure that all your ski gear is ready and in order. You can’t claim first chair if you’re rushing around the morning of, trying to find skis and boots, only to then realize you’ve got a coat of summer wax and a couple road rashed boots soles. Not the best start to a new season.

Ski shops get up and running in the fall months for just this reason, we want our customers ready for that first day long before it comes. We know that it can be difficult to find time to get your ski gear together, but once its here you can relax. We have a shop full of highly skilled technicians who know exactly what to do!

Three steps to ensure your ski gear is ready

1. Boot Inspection

The first thing we want to check are your boots. After all, we are The Boot Pro’s! Mostly we will be looking your boot soles. Over time the bottom of boots wear down from walking on pavement or gravel. Skiing with boots that have worn down soles is risky since they may not fit into the binding as designed. If your boot soles are replaceable, this problem can easily be fixed. We have multiple soles in stock during early season. So we simply fit your boots with a fresh pair. Prolonging this isn’t the best idea. If wear and tear goes beyond the replaceable soles, your boots will need extra work and may no longer function properly, which means you need to buy new boots.

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2. Binding Testing

Secondly, we advise that you get your bindings checked in the early season. Wear and tear over the past season and summer storage can cause the binding release tension setting to change. The DIN setting in the window on your binding toe may still read the same 6.5 setting as last year, but there’s a good chance that the mechanics within the binding have changed.

*Fun fact: The term DIN actually stands for Deutsches Institut fur Normung. The German Institute for Standardization which has been adopted world wide.

We use a Wintersteiger electronic binding tester to insure professional and accurate binding testing and adjustment. Additionally, our technicians are certified each season and understand the inner workings of all brands of ski bindings. With some basic info (height, weight, age, skier type) and both of  YOUR ski boots we will put your bindings through the test to ensure that they release accurately when you are on the hill.

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3. Ski Tuning

Lastly, we want to make sure your skis are ready for the new season! If you had them summer prepped then all we need to do is remove the summer wax and put some fresh “juice” into the bases. If your skis were not tuned and waxed for summer ski storage at the end of last season, they likely need some work. We suggest a full tune in order to get them back to their best self. Our Winteresteiger Mercury ski tuning machine guarantees the highest quality tune available, and our knowledgeable staff will make sure that your skis have the proper base and side angles as well as structure and wax.

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So as you can see early season ski prep is easy as 1-2-3, don’t put it off for “when you have more time”, the time is now. Snow will be flying soon and Okemo will be open before you know it. Drop your ski gear off with us and have it ready for pick up the next day (or next day you are in town)! Round up your skis and boots and drop them off now.

Does Your U12 or U14 Racer Need Race Skis?

On October 27 -28, some of the most famous men and women in giant slalom ski racing will be on the Rettenbach Glacier for the Audi FIS World Cup ski race at Soelden. With this, the ski racing season officially begins. This means if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get race skis for your junior ski racer.

Here’s a short video from our service manager, Randy, explaining the USSA rules and how they relate to ski selection for U12 and U14 ski racers. For the complete rules see the USSA Alpine Equipment Regulations 2017-18.

Skis for U12 ski racers

At the U12 level, a multi-event ski is no longer recommended. Your ski racer should have both a slalom and giant slalom ski. While there are no sidecut or radius rules yet, there are some common sense rules based on course setting matrices that will help dictate ski size and length for your 10 or 11 year old ski racer.

U12 SL skis

Slalom courses for U12 ski racers are typically “turny courses” with short turning radiuses. We recommend using a slalom ski with an 8 – 10m turning radius. All of the major manufacturer’s produce junior race skis with appropriate radius for U12 ski racers. The important thing is to make sure you get the correct size ski for your athlete. Generally, the appropriate length for a U12 slalom ski is a ski that falls somewhere between chin and bridge of nose height. Exact length will vary based on ability and ski manufacturer. If you have any questions, give us a call or stop in and see us for sizing help. The Fischer RC4 WC SL Jr WCP race ski is a great ski for U12 ski racers.

U12 GS skis

When looking for a giant slalom ski for your U12 racers, you also want to make sure you don’t go too big. While giant slalom courses are up to 22 meter radius, giant slalom courses for U12 skiers are typically on the lower end of that spectrum. Get your U12 skier a giant slalom ski with a 13 – 14m turning radius for racing in the east. The Nordica Dobermann GSJ works very well for U12 ski racers.
Young ski racer on a slalom course.

Skis for U14 ski racers

USSA equipment rules at the U14 level are still pretty minimal and they are the same for both boys and girls. At this age proper sizing is key.

U14 SL skis

The rules state that slalom skis for U14 boys and girls need to be a minimum of 130cm. Since skier height dictates ski length, this is a pretty easy rule to meet. At the U14 level there is no sidecut rule. So once again, proper sizing is everything. You want to make sure your U14 ski racer is on a slalom ski that is long enough to carry speed, but short enough to make short quick turns. The Atomic Redster S9 FIS J, that looks like the ski Mikaela Shiffrin uses, is very popular for U14 ski racers.

U14 GS skis

Rules for U14 giant slalom skis dictate a minimum ski radius of 17m and a maximum ski length of 188cm. Every major manufacturer has a ski that meets this need. The Rossignol Hero FIS GS Pro race ski is a popular ski with U14 ski racers.

A more critical component at the U14 level is to place a shim or “lifter” under the bindings for correct stand height. This will enable young ski racers to achieve better edge angles and turn the ski better. The U14 rule with relation to binding stand height is no more than 50mm. With coaching input we can set your U14 ski racer up with the proper positioning to ski their best.

U14 SG skis

At the U14 level ski racers will be introduced to Super G racing. This doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy a Super G ski for your young ski racer. You can rent a Super G ski from us that is an appropriate length. Plus, we’ll make sure it is properly prepared for your young ski racers first Super G experience.

If you want to buy a ski to use for Super G at the U14 level, buy a GS ski that meets the USSA rules for for U16 ski racing. A GS ski that is greater than a 17m radius, fits the bill. And then when they become a U16 ski racer they can use it as their GS ski too.

So, if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your U12 or U14 ski racer set up with their race skis for the 2017-18 season. Stop by, Give us a call or shop online.

 

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the holy grail “one ski quiver” – Kastle FX 84 Ski

Kastle FX 84 Ski 2015If you’re searching for the holy grail “one ski quiver” you owe it to yourself to try the Kastle FX 84 Ski. Put it on an edge and you can crank a turn that shows its 14 meter radius. I’m just in from skiing the end of a day with typical New England mixed hard pack, powder, scraped off ice, crud and it shines in all that stuff. 84 under foot and the tip rocker combine for very decent carving along with easier transitions between surfaces. It feels quite stout and consistent. Through moguls it’s not edgy and it’s not a heavy weight ski. I can’t wait to take it out on a day with 12 or so inches of new snow… and into the glades.

Jim MacNutt – The Boot Pro Team Member

Atomic Bent Chetler Ski

Atomic Bent Chetler Flat Ski 2015My personal fat ski choice!

I have this ski in the 185 cm length. It is 120 under foot with a 19 meter turning radius. 30 % Rocker in the tip and tail.
Skied this after the big snow the other day at Magic Mountain. WOW! This is a fun ski. It was like floating over clouds all day. Very easy to turn for such a wide platform (if you like turning 🙂 ). This is my #1 choice for all Alta and Snowbird powder skiing. After skiing the Bent Chetler, I found myself searching for plane tickets to Utah.

Matt Tripp – The Boot Pro Team Member

Nordica Soul Rider Ski

Nordica Soul Rider Ski 2015Well, I was disappointed that winter storm Juno was a bust up here in Vermont. I still decided to ski Bromley Mountain during the height of the storm. I was hoping to sooth the building rage that the disappointing storm was creating.
I took out the Nordica Soul Rider (for the first time) and after the first couple of turns, I was singing “I’m a soul man…”. The Soul Rider was able to handle all the conditions that it encountered on the wind swept trails. I was able to ski tight slalom turns down the edge of the trail, then transition into hip dragging GS turns and back into slalom turns. I skied everything from trees, bumps, knee deep powder, and wind blown hard snow without missing a beat.
The only downfall to this ski is that it is so fun to ski, that you won’t want to come off the slopes for any reason (the windchill was -15 degrees and I skied over 25,000 vertical feet, which resulted in a little frostbite on my face).

Jeremy Peters – The Boot Pro Team Member

Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove

Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride 2015  - whiteI purchased the Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove from the pros at Boot Pro and it is one of the nicest gloves I’ve ever owned. This extremely warm all leather glove with pre-curved fingers grips your pole like no other. It’s a must own for a real skier or any skier for that matter.

Frank Provance – The Boot Pro Team Member

Nordica Nemesis Ski

Nordica Nemesis Ski 2015I ski on race skis most of the time so being on these skis was a lot different.  I liked the skis.  They were a lot of fun.  They ski really well on bumps, ice and even woods.  The only thing that I wouldn’t use them for would be on the race coarse.  It would be a little hard.  I would love to ski them again if I could.

Mackenzie Peters – U14 Racer, Bromley Outing Club and daughter of Jeremy Peters – The Boot Pro Team Member

Nordica Patron Ski

Nordica Patron Ski 2015Nordica Patron:

Racer types, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE FAT SKI, the Nordica Patron can ski all conditions and terrain.  I tested this on groomed hard pack and was able to rip some awesome, trench producing GS turns and without a blink of an eye, whip out some tight energetic SL turns.

I have been a racer for 40 years and love skiing on my race skis, that is until I stepped on the Patron.  On race skis I spent 99% of my time on the groomers, but with the Patron I was seeking out the bumps, trees, curd and the other unmentionables at Okemo.

This is one ski that I will add to my quiver.  Once you go fat, you will never go back!

Jeremy Peters – The Boot Pro Team Member

Rossignol Hero Elite LT Ti Ski

Rossignol Hero Elite LT Ti Ski 2015Rossi Hero Long Turn:

Finally it’s here, all you need is a cape to go along with this ski to feel like a hero! It will be the best selling recreation carving ski on the market. This ski has a great turning radius and if you want to feel confident you should buy this hero. It has the Maz stamp of approval.

Jon Maz – The Boot Pro Team Member