Snow Exchange recommends trying on a shoe at a store before buying as to ensure a perfect fit.
In the ski industry, we use a universal size for ski and snowboard boots called Mondo to ensure that no matter where you are in the world, the size will always be the same. For your convenience, we have a chart below to help you pick the right sized boot for you foot.
Flex of a boot should be chosen on.
- Skiing Type (Terrain, Style, Conditions)
- Weight and Height
If you are just using standard alpine downhill boots like the majority of people, then there is nothing to worry about. Alpine downhill boots come with regular alpine bindings for downhill skiing, therefore, if you are just wanting boots for downhill skiing then make sure you buy alpine downhill boots and there should be no issue with binding compatibility. The issues of compatibility are seen in the higher end touring boot and binding market. There are 3 common types of tour boot soles – the standard Rockered tour sole (ISO 9523), Tech inserts and WTR (Walk To Ride). Below is a description on what each sole does and things to know.
The other mode is designed for alpine touring boots. These boots are for those who wish to ski all of the mountains including the backcountry. This feature provides extra movement at the flick of a switch and allows for easier movement for climbing and hiking with the skis. These are not standard boots so make sure that if you buy these you as have compatible bindings and skis
Below is a rundown on the specifics of the three types.