As an advanced-ish female skier, who can still be tempted into the steeps occasionally but generally prefers to just cruise around the pistes these days – I have come to appreciate and respect a proper boot-fitting service more and more.
It’s not as if you’re going to have a new pair of boots each season (unless you’re a dedicated seasonnaire, ski boot instructor, or slope-side fashionista), so investing in a good-fitting boot is a commitment that can deliver many seasons of happiness.
Tailored to you
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Profeet is only for high-speed downhill racers or off-piste adventurers. The Ski Boot Lab is for everyone, and their mission is to listen to you and how you like to ski, and then select and fit exactly the right boot for you – from one of the best ranges in the UK.
At Profeet we see so many different people in the Ski Boot Lab, no two days are ever the same, it’s what makes the Lab so interesting,” says Luke.
Comfort is king (or queen)
Whatever your level of skiing, everyone should start with comfort. If a ski boot is badly fitting you can find yourself in a world of discomfort and misery – and unfortunately some people have already experienced that with hired or borrowed boots. It’s enough to put you off skiing altogether!
But that’s why Profeet is here. Ski boots can be unforgiving in the wrong hands, but Profeet’s highly trained team have mastery. First, they listen and learn about you. There’s a detailed questionnaire covering off the important things: any previous injuries, where and how you ski etc… followed by a thorough measuring of the feet, foot scanning, an assessment of the stance in ski-bended-knee position… and then the boots appear.
Boots are selected based on your ability, foot size, width, volume, and your lower leg shape. Women’s anatomy and lower leg morphology are naturally different to men’s. Ski boots from different manufacturers vary in terms of volume and shape etc… Women’s calves are proportionally lower down the leg than men’s, so women’s boots have a lower cuff – plus women typically have a narrower heel. The Profeet fitter knows which boot is best for which foot shape and this informs their choice for you.
Soft, easy and forgiving for the leisure cruisers among us, or progressively stiffer for the more athletic, adventurous and experienced. Your Profeet technician will explore your skiing style and stance and aim to put you in the right softness or stiffness of boot.
The boot should have the correct amount of flex for your preferred level of skiing”. says Luke
Custom insoles and fluffy liners
Bunions, high arches and shorter hamstrings?
Don’t worry if your feet have odd nuances. Everyone’s feet are different, and the boots can be stretched and moulded to accommodate any particular traits.
Bunions are common and the solution is to heat and ‘stretch’ the boot to accommodate the bump, so you won’t be experiencing pressure points on the slope. If you have high arches, then too much forefoot pressure can be a concern, but fear not, there is a boot for that.
I personally suffer with cold feet. By mid-afternoon on an overcast day, I can feel like I have a bag of ice cubes in the end of my socks in place of toes. I’ve learned not to crank my boots too tight in the midfoot to keep the circulation going. I have a choice of sock thicknesses in my suitcase (to adapt to different conditions), and… more recently I have invested in heated insoles.
Central heating – ahhhhhh
Ideal in colder climes, such as the USA and Canada, though of course it can get pretty chilly in Europe too, the heated insole maintains a comfortable ambient temperature in the boot.
And finally, there’s a guarantee. Not surprisingly some boots require a bit of wearing in, so if you find that there’s a niggle, or something is not quite as comfortable – or as firm – as you’d like, then you can book in for a free-of-charge follow up. Your boots can be adjusted, stretched a little more, buckles micro-tweaked by an expert hand, to get the balance right.
Skiing into the sunset
My newly fitted Profeet ski boots were a dream straight off. I strode my way to the lift line, locked on the ski mode and never looked back. Comfortable for sure, and just the right level of performance to give me some rebound out of the turn. Total joy, and the reason why having your ski boots fitted properly is so worth it, no matter what level, age, ambition… or gender.
And last but not least, if you’re an advance to expert skier and are seeking the ultimate in performance, then of course, Profeet is for you too. The team have fitted Olympic level ski athletes, Emily Sarsfield and medallist Jenny Jones included.
Jenny Jones – The first Briton to win an Olympic medal on snow!
Jenny was the bronze medal winner in the women’s slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, powered by Profeet Custom Insoles and some Profeet boot tweaking.