What is the most important piece of gear in your ski kit? You could argue that it is the skis. Sure, the shape, the profile, the stiffness, all of those things are important. You might argue that the bindings are a difference maker; they are the interface between the skis and the boots, after all. My money, however, is on the boots.
Not only are they crucial for performance, they can make or break a day on the hill if they don’t fit properly. Boots are the essential component for feel, agility and confidence on the mountain. That being said, there are many variables that must be considered. Set aside looks and the question of what will match your outfit best for one second and consider all the factors involved in whether or not a ski boot will help improve your turns throughout the season. Then ask yourself if those boots that have been sitting in your garage collecting dust and possible housing a mouse are the answer to your skiing problems. If you are ready for a new pair, or if you want to give those boots another shot, then we say now is the perfect time to evict the mouse and go see your friendly, local boot fitter at Jackson Hole Sports. With luck they may be able to dial in your current boot. If not, they can give you the perfect brand and model suggestions based on your foot size and shape. The advantage to doing this now is that the bulk of the new winter product is in house and on display, so you will have more options to choose from. So get out to Jackson Hole Sports and check out all the new boots for the fast approaching winter season. Right now, they are offering $50 off a DFP footbed with the purchase of a new winter ’15/’16 ski boot. Just one more reason to head to Jackson Hole Sports and get ready for the 50th Anniversary winter season!