The FootLab Custom Fitting

There are three components to becoming a competent skier;

  1. Appropriate equipment
  2. Proper technique
  3. Fitting the equipment to the skier

Fitting Equipment to the Skier is Why the FootLab is Different
Most skiers haven’t been exposed to the idea of custom fitting ski gear to the skier. In the simplest terms, custom fitting means making skis and boots that are designed for the “average” foot and body shape, fit a specific individual’s unique feet and stance.

Custom Fitting Boots
Custom fitting ski boots means getting the boot to fit like an extension of the foot. Assuming that the boot is the correct size and flex for the skier, it means perfectly supporting the foot inside the boot so there is no gapping between the foot and the sole of the boot. At the FootLab we do that by creating an orthotic to support the foot inside the boot and prevent the rolling, twisting, cramping and pain that hurts and impedes a skier’s ability to transmit energy to the ski. It also means modifying the boot itself to accommodate the unique fitting issues of different shaped feet; long and narrow vs. short and wide, wide calves, too stiff of a flex, instep pressure, etc. FootLab practitioners are licensed and certified Pedorthists that have decades of experience fitting ski boots.

Custom Fitting Skis
People have different shaped lower legs between the knee and the ankle. Some lower legs are straight, some are more curved. Ski boot manufacturers realize this and build ski boots to a statistical average curve of the lower leg. This results in a slight outward tilt to the cuff of the boot. When the tilt of the boot cuff doesn’t match the curve of the skier’s leg the result is that a skier standing in a natural comfortable stance doesn’t stand on a flat ski. Because of the extreme sidecut built into today’s skis, a ski on edge won’t glide straight; it will turn towards the side of the ski that is edged deeper into the snow. To address that, the skier will learn to bring their knees to a knock-kneed or bow-legged stance to get the ski to glide flat and straight. This makes it more difficult to turn the skis. Canting is aligning the ski base so it rides flat on the snow when the skier is in a natural comfortable stance. Skiers that can turn easier to one side than the other typically have alignment issues.

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