I got new ski boots this season… and I love them!! I am not going to tell you how long I had my last pair of Nordica boots for… but they were well and truly due to be retired. When I did get these boots, I was like my kids when they get new shoes… wearing them around the ski house as I did not want to take them off ( I was better than my father, who as a child got new boots and insisted on wearing them to bed…). I have been skiing for over 20 years, I cover the mountain and am super happy on the steep stuff, but I’m not an aggressive skiier, so I was very clear on my requirements and ability. I did some research online and knew anything would be a vast improvement on the clunkers I had. I also wanted to get fitted properly, by someone I could really discuss my requirements with. I found a terrific boot fitter who came recommended from expert friends. If you are going to invest the time into getting new boots- you will most likely find that you will try on lots. I tried on 5-6 pairs over two days- you start to forget what the first pair were like. Take your ski socks with you, or buy new ones- I discovered that my fave merino pair were too thick and bought new ones.
Funnily enough the first pair of boots I tried on, thanks to my all-knowing boot fitter, were the ones I ended up selecting. The Salomon Instinct 90′s won me over, they are super comfy with a soft fleece lining, and 4 adjustable micro buckles. The CS in the name stands for Custom Shell, so you can have the boot molded to the exact shape your foot requires. I had my technician custom fit my boot and they were perfect from Day 1- seriously no sore feet at all. I have a slighly wide foot so these were ideal in the toes for me. I did go back and have the heel lift put in on on Day 2 as I did start to get a little achy in my arch, curiously on the second full day of skiing (that is 4.5 hours almost non stop).
The boots aren’t too heavy either so you will not feel yourself clumping around once you clip out, and importantly the colour is great- “Starlight” a warm grey with a shimmer (cue eye rolls from The Boarder…)
If you get really cold feet.. you can look at having a boot heater fitted (I know that Surefoot can do this). You will be highly unlikely to need this skiing in the Southern Hemisphere, but you may consider it if you head to some European or North American destinations.
If you are a more aggressive skiier, you might take a look at the Salomon Instinct 100 CS , which is a slightly stiffer boot, but still with many of the features of the 90′s.
Can’t wait to get these out on the slopes here for their Australian debut in the coming weeks!!