Profeet’s Ski Manager answers the big questions.
This week we look at ‘When Should I Replace My Ski Boots?’:
Answer: Watch out for movement in the boot
Movement in the boot, especially the heel, is a key sign that the liner is getting packed out (becoming compressed).
If this is the case you’ll have to work that much harder to control the skis – a snug fitting ski boot is much more efficient. Through time all liners will gradually pack out, and the more a boot is worn, the quicker this happens.
A temporary fix to prolong the life of the boot is to use fitting aids to give a snugger fit again. And if the shell is still in good condition then we can just replace the liner.
There’s also the option to upgrade from the stock liner with a custom ski boot liner using foam or cork. Cork is a much more dense material which is designed to last longer and is ideal for someone skiing on a regular basis.
You can normally buy replacement toes and heels for boots within a few years of manufacture. However, after that manufacturers rarely stock parts and they can be hard to source. Without replacements, you will need to replace the boot.
One way of preventing so much wear on the soles is to use Cat Tracks, which are a protective rubber sole that you pull onto your boots.