The most important thing to look for when buying ski boots is the perfect fit. Your leg strength is transferred to the ski through the boot - so the better the boots fit, the better the control. An ill-fitting pair can not only restrict control, but it also increases the risk of falls and injuries.

"If the boots are too big, I buckle them up tight," we often hear, but this is a common misconception. If you're closing the buckles too tightly - squeezed feet can quickly lead to cold, aching feet. Experts estimate that about 90% of the skiers are wearing ski boots that are too big for them.

What to look for when buying ski boots?

Invest in a good pair of ski socks which you should try on with the boots (don't go for a ridiculously thick pair of expedition socks, allow your feet to breath). The boot clasps should be closed gradually from the bottom to the top. It is important that there are no pressure points, but the foot has maximum support. Especially the heel and midfoot absolutely have to sit tight, the heel should not slip upwards. At the same time it should not pinch and you should not feel discomfort. The best thing to do is bend the knees and bend the legs in all directions (as if skiing). Ideally the boots should be worn for at least 20 minutes. So plan plenty of time for the purchase! A competent shop assistant also goes a long way - they should measure the length of your foot as well as pay attention to the shape and width (high instep, wide pads etc.). 

Mondo Point (MP)

Mondo Point, Mondo or MP is just a standard shoe size system, which refers to the foot length in millimeters. To find out the Mondo own size, you would do well to the following scheme:

1 The foot is placed on a sheet of paper with the usual ski socks

2 With a pencil held vertically, the foot is drawn around

3 Now, the length between toe and heel is measured

4 About five millimeters will be added and rounded up to the next Mondo size.

Remember: While Mondo Point is a standard system, manufacturers are extending these numbers on their own strips, and it varies from company to company.

Flex

The flex value is an indicator of the rigidity of the shaft. The higher the value, the greater the resistance to the tibia. A high value is obtained through a better control of the ski, but also has less mobility in the ankle. The Flex is not standardised, it differs from manufacturer to manufacturer.