Which boot best suits your needs?
SKI boots - how long do they last? It’s a tricky question.
Most manufactures’ say ski boots should last from 100 to 200 ski days or about five years - of course, this is going to depend on a truck load of variables.
How many days in winter you ski? How close your fit is? What level of performance your boot is aimed at and how hard you ski?
If you ski only 10 days in a winter your boots could well last for 10 years or more provided they are looked after.
Those luckily enough to ski every day in Australia followed by a northern winter will see the best of their boot gone in one year.
In most cases it’s the liner that simply packs out due to wear.
The shells could still in pretty good nick. It’s usually impossible to buy original liners five years down the track. Models and shapes have changed by then.
Aftermarket alternatives can now provide a bunch of custom liner options to keep your boots going. In fact they are quite often a better liner in the first place.
The Intuition liner that’s made from a New Zealand invented heat mouldable foam is very comfortable and very warm for those who feel the cold.
The liner I use myself is a cork flow based liner developed by an expat Aussie Sven Coomer who now lives in Aspen Co.
The SvenFit, or Zipfit as its known, is heat moulded but never sets hard.
The cork flow material reacts to how you are skiing.
They never pack out and you can remould them many times and even transfer them to a different shell in the future.
Foam injected liners from the French specialist Sidas Conformable offer exceptional precision with improved comfort and flex.
There is however one issue we need to take into account.
In Australia we end up walking in our boots on bitumen, concrete and even gravel.
Excessive wear of the boot sole is the end result.
With extreme wear this will result in your boots no longer being compatible with your bindings which can cause the bindings not to function correctly.
So check your boot soles for wear. If you have screw on soles these should be replaced when the screws show signs of wear.
At Bumps we have a huge range of spares going back many years. Safe Skiing.
CHOICES: Individual variables play a big part on ski boot selection.