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  • Ski Socks: Does Thickness Matter? (Pun Intended)

    All ski socks are created equal right? Out of all of the equipment from skis, bindings, jackets, where to ski, and the list goes on and on the last thing on your mind are probably socks. Why do we even care about ski socks? Step into any reputable ski boot shop the first thing there going to ask is what your ski sock is. We all use them they are one of the first things we put on before we head out for a day on the hill. What makes a good sock? With the endless amounts of options out there first instinct is most likely pick up the cutest pair that catch your eye. Before you add to cart lets explore what makes a good sock. As mentioned above any good boot fitter before they even put your foot into a boot is going to verify that your sock is adequate. First instinct is to find the thickest sock you can. You know those really fluffy ones that you tell yourself are going to keep you the warmest. Drop those and lets get into why a thin sock is the way to go. A thin ski sock allows you to have direct contact with your ski boot. Which is how after all you control your ski ( no big deal right ). You want as much direct contact to that boot as humanly possible. Hence why the thinnest sock is the way to go. Don't worry, thin socks will still keep you warm on those deep pow days. However we can not guarantee that your foot wont get numb from your ski boot. While as over time your ski boot liner will get packed down ( unless you go for a highly recommended zip fit liner but more on that later ) which is why after all you go for those thicker socks right. To make your boot feel like it use to on day one. All you’re doing is putting a band aid on a much larger issue. Snowboarders make sure to check out the snowboard version for your specific socks. What To Look For: When shopping for ski socks you want to be on the look out for the thinnest sock you can find. Often these are labeled as zero cushion, or pro series. This is what you’re on the look out for. Some ski shops may have their own personal brand that they prefer, as long as the light to zero cushion you should be ready to shred! Check out our picks below to get your feet happy after a long day in those stiff boots. Smartwool Womens Ski Zero Cushion OTC Why It's Good: It's a great zero cushion ski sock. Easy, simple and will last you for a few seasons. Where To Buy: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/products/w-ski-zero-cushion-otc-socks-4?variant=39987978829896 Smartwool Women’s Ski Zero Cushion OTC Why It's Good: Like mentioned above, excellent option for those who are interested in getting a good pair of socks that will last you for seasons to come. Where To Buy: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/products/w-ski-zero-cushion-otc-socks-4?variant=39987978829896

  • Women’s Ski Clinics ~ California Resorts

    Who doesn’t love a good ski lesson/ clinic? There's nothing like knowing after a few hours that you just clicked together a new piece of the puzzle. Or better yet you are able to find a new tool to use on your time on the hill. Which turns you into a more confident skier, making skiing more fun. AKA it's a no lose situation. Here at She-Shredz we are big proponents for ski lessons of any kind. Having a properly trained PSIA-certified instructor give you insight in ways that sometimes you just can’t connect the missing link that can change your skiing. Why not take a few hours and focus on technique and skill sets. For any of us who have been lucky enough to be in a grouping of all females on the mountains ( a rare and special occurrence ) can tell you that the energy hits differently. A group of ladies all riding together offer support, empathy, and raise each other up. The vibe is enough to make you believe that you have the power to hit any line that you have been thinking of. This is a magically feeling that should be chased. A few resorts in California have started to offer Women’s Clinics. Ranging from a half day to multiple days on the mountain these clinics are just for us ladies! Female instructors and other snow girlies that have the same idea as you do. Check out the list below to see if your home mountain offers their own Women’s Clinic. Mt. Rose Mt. Rose Ladies Clinics are held on Thursdays with a weekly theme that changes. Starting at 9 am and going til 12 pm, they cover a range of topics. For abilities from low intermediate to advanced riders and for both skiers and snowboarders all ladies can find a space. Offering the most affordable ski clinic in the Tahoe area, its hard to beat this incredible opportunity. Cost: Free for pass holders, yea you read that right. $25 for all others Learn More: https://skirose.com/clinics/ Palisades Tahoe Naturally a mountain that produces so many incredible female athletes would offer Women of Winter clinics. Palisades Tahoe offers two clinics weekly, Sundays at Alpine Meadows and Wednesday at Olympic Valley. Meeting at 9:15 am at the Funitel there are several groups on level ability. Ranging from intermediate to expert terrain and everything in between. The PSIA-certified instructors are top notch at creating a female centric environment. Small groups are a priority and those of you with an IKON pass do not miss this chance. There is also a multiple day clinic that is offered throughout the winter that is three days long with much more detailed attention. Cost: $90 for a half day clinic Learn More: https://www.palisadestahoe.com/plan-your-visit/lessons/women-of-winter-clinic Mammoth Mountain This three day clinic for both skiers and snowboarders taught by Mammoths top female instructors. This three day clinic from March 12-14, 2024 is for intermediate to expert riders looking to improve their technique and make their way into new terrain. With 5 hours of instruction daily, video analysis, and apre’s party its hard to not have a good time. Cost: $675 Learn More: https://www.mammothmountain.com/discover-mammoth/camps-teams/multi-day-clinics/womens-clinics#startDate=03-12-2024 Diamond Peak Skisters Women’s Ski Clinics are a series of six clinics offered throughout the ski season. Held on Tuesday mornings, groups range from lower intermediate to advanced. Starting at 9:30 am and ripping til 12 pm. The Skisters Women’s Ski Clinics focus on improving your skills and skiing tactics to make you ready to concur wherever your next turns take you. Cost: $400 with IVGID Pass $535 for all others Learn More:https://www.diamondpeak.com/event/skeesters-womens-ski-clinics/

  • Ski More By Being Less Sore: Lazy Girls Guide To Recovery

    Being sore is a love hate relationship. It feels great getting some great movement even more so after a day or two on the mountain. However when you're on that ski trip time is not on your side for you to take advantage of those amazing days. Let She-Shredz help you get more laps. A lazy girls guide to ski recovery. Ski more by being less sore! Dr. Laurel Mines PT, DPT, OCS went through in her Q and A about the importance of recovery with some amazing helpful tips. From massage guns to stretches and more Dr. Laurel is sharing her secrets to getting you out on the mountain quicker so you can spend less time being sore. https://youtu.be/XX3-Xgqxbb0?si=-5D-0FBqg9ailBAJ In the video below Dr. Laurel goes over her favorite lazy girl stretches and massage gun techniques to get you moving again. All you need is towel and if you're able to get one a massage gun. Don't forget about heat, whether that's a hot tub or a hot shower to relax those muscles.

  • K2 Mindbender 99 Ti W: Ski Study

    Before we dig in to the full review of the K2 Mindbender 99 TI W let's start by saying we skied this spicy gal for over a year to really put her through the test. Needless to say the 99 TI lived up to her impressive reputation. Stats K2 Mindbender 99 TI W Size: 166 cm Dimensions: 134 / 99 / 120 Radius: 15.4 @ 166 Weight: 1887 grams Skier Profile Skier Size: 5’2, 123 lb Skier Type: Steep and deeps, Type 3 skier Sized Tested: 160 cm Ski Review Intro: K2 Mindbender 99 TI W 2023 is K2’s women’s all mountain, free ride ski. Made for the shredder in mind who knows no bounds in resort. A stiff directional ski, with K2’s titanal Y-beam technology providing a trust worthy grip and support regardless of how hard you push her. Review: We put the K2 Mindbender 99 TI W to work for over a season. With over 20 days of variable snow and ski conditions its time to share what our thoughts on this shredder is. We skied the 99 TI W at Olympic Valley. From KT-22 to steep groomers and bumps galore we really pushed the ski in all conditions. We rode the 99 TI W in 160 cm and 166 cm, but preferred the 160 cm for this mountain. Lets get into what the K2 Mindbender 99 TI W has to offer. Carving: The first time you put this ski on edge you’re going to smile. Not like one of those oh that’s cute smiles, were talking full on grin. Get the 99 TI W on edge from to turn to turn and the way that the way Titanal Y- Beam Technology grips you down in a way that is rather impressive considering its 99 cm waist. With an all-terrain rocker that shines with precise control. It is hard to find another ski in the 99 category that provides this much control on edge. Bumps: For those of you who have skied at Olympic Valley you already know of the moguls and the infamous bump runs. Which means we really put these skis through the ringer. We found the 99 TI W to thrive in off piste and bump runs. At 160 cm it was easiest to throw the ski around at a shorter length. Once you charge her down the fall line you wont be questioning if the 99 TI W is going to be able to keep up. This ski loves to be pushed in an aggressive style that awards those who ski with confidence. The 99 TI W is not forgiving to those who ski in the back seat. Meaning you need to ride it or else you’ll be the one going for a ride. While the ski may be stiff and directional it turns on a dime. An all star in bumps this ski will truly you allow you to push your boundaries in bounds. All Mountain / Big Mountain: The K2 Mindbender 99 TI W really doesn’t know any place where it can not perform which for the right skier means the mountain is your canvas. Ice? You’re going to be locked in. Crud? Does that even exist anymore? Really allowing you to just cut in to whatever is under you making it an excellent daily driver for any hard charging girl. There isn’t really anything that this ski doesn’t like to ski on. From sketchy traverses to hikes up Mainline Pocket there hasn’t been a time that this ski has failed. When it comes to no fall zone high consequence lines we would trust the K2 Mindbender 99 TI under our feet. We found that this ski, skis best when keeping a mid turn radius and rewards you when you're forward. Overall Take Away’s: For the ladies who shred hard and are looking for an excellent daily driver look no further. Hard chargers rejoice in a ski that’s finally meant for you ladies who are looking to push their limits and have a blast while doing so. We preferred the 160 cm for big mountain and all mountain terrain. The 166 cm is great on piste for great carving however at the 99 waist category we are here for the big lines. Considering how heavy and stiff they are, they require a very strong skier who is happy to get a little gnarly. If you have the chance to grab a pair do so. Make sure to check out K2 website for more details. We will be review the rest of the Mindbender collection the rest of the season. Keep your eyes on the look out.

  • Beginner Women Skis: 23/24 Picks

    One of the biggest questions when buying your first pair of skis typically is, where do I even start? Let She-Shredz help guide the way. The range from a first season or few of skiing to a more intermediate ski is quite vast and these discrepancies only become more integrate as you progress in your ski life. If you are just trying skiing, renting is more than fine. There is no need to invest in a several hundred dollar set up for something you’re not committed to. For those of you who are looking for a semi serious commitment to lets keep on going. Alright you tried skiing, loved it and bought a pass or day ticket. You have plans to go up a few times this year to get those turns in. Beginners these skis are for you at this phase. You may be able to find a decent deal on market place or a ski shop for a used pair that are in decent shape. For those of you out there who are intermediate and above check out our other guide to intermediate ski options. Now you newly She-Shreders, here are the skis to keep an eye out for: Head Pure Joy + Joy 9 Binding Head Pure Joy + Joy 9 Binding Why It’s Good: It comes in a 75 mm waist, making it a great ski for beginners into intermediates who are looking to work on their turns. The Head Pure Joy comes with a binding making it a more approachable buy in. The binding is also light as can be, which is a plus when learning to get better turn initiation. Where to buy: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/products/e-pure-joy-joy-9-gw-slr Price: $$$$ K2 Mindbender 85 K2 Mindbender 85 W Why It’s Good: At 85 mm waist, the K2 Mindbender 85 is a bit wider than the the options above. The K2 Mindbender 85 is for shredders who have a bit of experience, or on the more athletic side who may progress a tad bit faster than other should reach for. She is a lightweight ski making it forgiving than the other K2 Mindbender series for ladies. You will need to purchase a binding for this ski, which allows you to pick a binding for you to grow into. Where to buy: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/products/w-mindbender-85 Price: $$$$ Rossignol Experience W 76 Ski W/ Xpress W 10 Bindings Rossignol Experience W 76 Ski W/ Xpress W 10 Bindings Why It’s Good: Experience 76 is a 76 mm waist. Making it a great entry level ski. Also coming with a lightweight binding, is another great option for those who are looking for a good first pair of skis. Experience 76 has a wood core which could come in handy for dynamic snow conditions. Taller shredders may find the 160 cm length a tad bit on the shorter side depending on how athletic they are. Where to buy: https://shop.sportsbasement.com/products/w-experience-w-76-xp10 Price: $$$$

  • Binding Basics: Types and Etc

    You bought those beautiful skis and you’re ready to shred. Or at least you are if they come with bindings. Beginner skis and race skis will often come with bindings, if you’re not in that category the daunting task of picking a binding can become a task that is well a task. Why even try to understand bindings when you can just ask someone at store to tell you what to buy? Bindings are one of the most crucial pieces of safety equipment. A nasty crash? You pray for that ejection. You’re progressing and beginning to ski at a more aggressive stance and speed, did you pre release? Lets dive into some basics to help you understand what you need. What’s a binding anyways? A ski binding is the device that connect your ski boots to your skis. You click in, and poof the magic begins. Ski bindings are designed to help you eject when a certain amount of torque is applied to the binding in the event of a crash to help you eject. By doing this it can aid in preventing injury. Binding Basics- DIN, Brakes, Type, Etc DIN: DIN or release value is the industry adopted scale of release force setting. Your DIN is like a finger print unique to you. DIN setting is based on your- age, weight, ability, height, and sole length. Your DIN will change throughout your skiing progression. A beginner skier will have a lower DIN setting than a skier of a few seasons and so on. If you are a newer skier (less than a few seasons) a ski binding of a low DIN of 6-7 is a binding that is less than a ideal. A binding with a DIN low of 3 is much more appropriate. * Always have your skis tested with your personal ski boot by a shop to ensure proper safety. Ski binding brake Brakes: You know those wide things that are on the side of your skis? Those are the brakes. They have an amazing function, to slow down your ski when it ejects so you don’t spend all day searching for a lost ski. Brakes come in different sizes or widths. Your brake width will be determined on the skis waist (how wide the skis are). Its essential that the brakes fall in goldilocks realm of fitting just right. Too wide you run the risk of catching the tail, too small it may not fit if you’re not able to stretch the break out. Type: You’ll see ATX (touring), Hybrid, Downhill, etc. The binding that you pick helps determine the type of skiing you are able to safely ride. A downhill binding is what the majority of population is looking for when it comes to resort skiing. Hybrid bindings are a good option for those who may dabble in back country however want a binding that is not a kingpin binding. Touring bindings are whole other beast. Back country skiers are searching for unique features from weight, to hill lift, etc. We will get deeper into the hybrid and touring bindings later.

  • Getting Those Ski Legs Back: Beginning of the Season

    You may notice that the term ski legs pop up here and there. You may be wondering, what are ski legs and why do they matter? Ski legs are what they sound like. Ski legs. It doesn’t mater if you’re a pro or have skied several times before. Everyone goes through a readjustment phase at first. Those boots feel as heavy as a rock. Your skis from last season, the ones that felt light as a feather… forget it they are like tanks on your feet. It takes a few days to remember how everything feels and to reacclimatize. Think of it like riding a bike. There is a reason why the expression, “like riding a bike exist.” Just because you haven’t done it in a while doesn't mean you’re no longer not capable. You just need to remember what it feels like to get that ski on edge and just point them downhill. Planting that pole and getting that rhythm and flow back. Your first day, or even first few it may take some time to get back into that flow state. Enjoy it, laugh at yourself, and don’t take it so seriously. It takes everyone a different amount of time to get back to the point where its time to leave off where they had that second to last run (never say last run). Enjoy taking it easy on a few runs. As the legendary Warren Miller said, “ Don’t take life too seriously. You can never make it out alive.”

  • Altitude Training and Adjusting: How To Acclimatize

    We sat down with Dr. Laurel Mines PT, DPT, OCS to find out why we train for ski season. Does it really help with injury prevention? We also ask her about adjusting to altitude. That sneaky thing that we don't consider as we make our way higher. Especially for those of use who are not fortunate to live close the mountains. Why is it important to train? Dr. Laurel Mines PT, DPT, OCS: Yeah, so there's two reasons why you should train. The first reason, I think the most important reason, is to prevent injury. Like we train to prevent injury so that we, you know, as far as skiing goes, we don't get on the slopes and get injured and then it wastes our whole season, you know, waste time, energy, money, all the things, right? So let's prevent the injuries before they even happen. And there's a lot less energy expended to prevent the injury than it does take to recover from the injury. Number two would be to be able to perform at your peak and not be underperforming physically because you have a weakness or a deficit or a problem. And then you can, you know, progress your skiing better, do tricks or different things on the slopes, whatever you want to do. And it ends up being a lot more fun in the end. Well, how long would you say it takes you to get in shape to get or to train to get in shape is a better question maybe? Dr: Mines: It's gonna depend a little bit on your overall Fitness when you're starting right? Yeah, so there is going to be a little variation if you're already Fairly fit and active, you know Three four weeks would probably be on the low end of the scale. You know, six weeks is a pretty solid time frame to gain strength. Eight weeks is also good. If you're really, you know, not in great shape, not very active, like there's nothing wrong with that, but you might wanna give yourself a little bit more time to train. Think about three months, 12 weeks would probably be a little better ballpark if you are a little less active in general and in your life. And when we say train, is that like once a week, twice a week. I say three, four, you know, is probably ideal. Three or four days a week is ideal. If you are, you know, an athlete and you train five or six days a week, great. Just so I understand exactly what you’re stating, we shouldn’t work out seven days a week? Dr. Mines: I actually don't recommend training seven days a week. Our bodies need rest and recovery. So to gain strength, I would say about three to four days a week is ideal. What about maintaining your current level of fitness? Dr. Mines: If you are at a place where you are, where you wanna be as far as strength goes, a maintenance program would be one or two days a week, where you're maintaining what you have, whereas when you want to gain strength, a three to four days a week is ideal. Snow's on the ground, skis are on, the lifts are turning. That first day back, should we just go floor it? Or is it kind of important to kind of get those ski legs back underneath us? And why is that important for injury prevention? Dr. Mines: Yeah, it's so important to have a warm-up day. The first thing that you have to do at the beginning of the season for a warm-up day is you have to take your ego and you have to set it aside and leave it at the cabin or in the car and not take it on the slopes with you. We are excited when the first snow flakes come falling down, but you just don't want to ruin your season before it starts. A warm-up day is so important. Can we dig a little deeper about that warm up day. What is your take on it? Dr. Mines: If you don't feel that great, you need to tailor it back, pull it back just a little bit. So, yeah, and if you need more than a one warmup day, like if you need a warmup weekend, a warmup week, a warmup month, like take whatever time you need. Let's talk about altitude for a second. What are some things that you should be aware of when you're coming from maybe sea level and are going higher up? Dr. Mines: Yeah, so altitude sickness, elevation sickness, I think the medical term is acute mountain sickness, AMS. Our bodies are so variable. And so you're gonna have to take that into consideration. Your experience is gonna be different than other people's experiences. And just because you get altitude sickness doesn't mean someone else's or vice versa, right? The symptoms can be kind of vague and it can be kind of hard to identify this as to what's going on. I've had it before and I felt like, like flu, like sick, like malaise, like tired all over, lethargic, nauseous. Like I felt like I couldn't even eat, I felt so nauseous, right? And I just I felt like I couldn't stomach anything. So there's a lot of symptoms of altitude sickness, but it is good to be aware, you know, are these symptoms, you know the quickest, easiest way is to decrease the elevation. The easiest way is to turn around and drive out of the elevation. What if turning around isn’t an option? Dr. Mines: You can go to the mountain you know a few days before you're actually going to exert yourself being on the mountain to get prepared for the altitude Especially if you're more prone or you've gotten it before. Another option is if you go to the mountain and you go skiing and you start to feel it and you don't want to leave, the best thing to do is drink water, hydrate, eat and take it easy. If you feel like it's you know an urgency or emergency right yeah go down. So you can also think of how much are you exerting yourself and maybe the first day you're at altitude exert it less and then start to ramp up. Drink plenty of water, even if you're nauseous, try to get, you know, something down, even if it's like some chicken soup or something like that, or just something in your stomach, usually it does clear up in a day or two.

  • Injury Prevention Screening Recap 23

    She-Shredz would like to thank all of you who came out last week for our injury prevention screening with Dr. Laurel Mines PT, DPT, OCS. A huge thank you to Dr. Laurel, in which the event would not have been possible. Dr. Laurel preformed several screenings in which she helped each skier/ snowboarder to discover their personal injury risk assessment for the upcoming season. This process in which Dr. Laurel asses then calculates your personal injury risk allows each person to help correct the deficiencies to be proactive in their training. The goal is to keep you out on the slopes longer, with being proactive in injury prevention. She-Shredz aims to be an active member in our community. Whether we are doing events like these or shred events our goal is always the same, to spread the shred! While we grow our community we want to thank all of you for being apart of it. We look forward to doing more events such as these in the future. She-Shredz is aiming to have several in person on slope events this season! Dates and info to follow. The tide may be a bit low right now, but keep doing those ski workouts so when the white stuff does fly you’re re ready to shred! If you are concerned about your personal injury risk due to previous injury or maybe you have an off knee feel free to contact Dr. Laurel. Her services are unique and her skill set can not be beat. She offers online and in person services for those of you who may be a bit far in location.

  • Ski Anatomy 101: Tips to Tails and All Thats In Between

    You asked we listened. We get it, skis look like these awkward long planks that some how magically get you down a mountain. After thousands of years of evolution we now have a standard ski construction with some trivial differences (chamber rocker construction etc) for alpine skis. From tips to tails, top sheet and base each ski has a direction in which it prefers to go down. Tip/ Nose: This part of the ski is located at the very top. This can also be called the shovel of the ski. Think of this as the hood of car but for your skis. Sure you can drive in reverse, but do you really want to go do the freeway at full speed? Probably not. The tip is the front of your ski. This part is often rounded and not touching the ground when you lay it flat. Waist: As you work your way down to about the mid point you get to the waist. This is can also be referred to as the underfoot of the ski. This is where your binding is mounted. The waist has a width that can range from 72-130 mm. The waist is a measurement that depending on your skill level you will want to ensure you have the proper waist width for the day. Tail: This is the back of the ski. Tails come in a variety of options from twin tip to partial. Partial tip is where the tip raises slightly but not at an equal height as the tip. Most skis will have this construction. Twin tip is where the tip and the tail have the same shovel or shape to them. Most park skis for example have this feature for skiing backwards on features etc. Its a personal preference if you prefer twin tip or partial. Sidecut: Think of this as the shape of your ski. If you look at a ski front on you may notice that it comes in at the waist then expands again at the tips and the tail. This is your sidecut. Your sidecut determines your turn radius. The turn radius is the measurement in meters that determines if your ski likes short turns ( smaller turn radius, ex: 10 meters ) vs a long turn radius, long turns ( ex: 14 meters ). Edge: This is the sharp part of the ski on the side. Often with metal, titanal, glass, carbon, etc. This is the point of contact with the snow to get a carve. Edges require maintenance so be aware when its time for a good edge tune. This helps keep your skis in ready to send shape. Base: This is the bottom of your ski. The base is where you have to wax after every x amount of times. Fresh wax= happy and fast skis. Top Sheet: The top of the ski where the binding gets mounted. Often with dope graphics. Check out our video below for those of us who prefer a more real life explanation.

  • Ski Warm-Up, Get Those Legs Ready To Turn

    Warming up is an important part of any activity. Who doesn't want to help reduce the risk of injury while making sure they have the best time during first tracks? Warming up starts before your first turns. As Dr. Laurel Mines PT, DPT, OCS has spoken about, getting your body properly ready makes for a better day. Check out our ski warm up chair lift that you can do on the way up! Leg swings: 10-15 kicks. Kick you legs up and down to get the blood flowing. Warm up those quads and get those knees moving. Leg swipes: 10 swipes. Hold your legs out in front of you. Keeping your legs parallel move them side to side like a clock. Low leg swipes: 10 swipes. Move your legs lower to a naturally knee bend. Keep your legs parallel. Same movement as the swipes above. Low leg turns: 10 turns. Keep your legs parallel. Swing your legs in a low movement as if you're making a turn on snow. Figure 8's: 10 figure 8's. Move your legs in a figure eight motion. Keep your legs parallel. Watch our video below for more info. Comments? Questions? Any other ski questions? Mention them in the comments below.

  • Ski Boot Flex: What's A Flex and Why Does It Matter

    Ski boots are one of the most important piece of equipment yet having so many odd components to them. From mondo points to flex, booster straps and width. Some boots are made for beginners others for experts / professionals. How can you tell which is which? The flex is a huge indicator for who your ski boot is made for. First what is the ski boot flex? Ski boot flex is the measurement in which the boot that specifies the stiffness of the boot. The softest boots are around 60 for females and range up to 150 for olympians. A beginner would want a softer boot to keep control while learning the basics of skiing. As skiers progress so does the flex. You begin to ask your boot to accommodate a more aggressive ski stance. You shouldn’t be looking to get into a flex rating to say that you’re using said flex. Your flex preference is a personal one that is unique to your body and ski level. Kind of like a snowflake. Not all advanced skiers prefer a very stiff boot, some may prefer a softer boot for comfort and other reasons. The only way to get know your flex rating is by being professionally boot fitted. This can only be done a true boot shop. No this doesn’t mean your big box stores. Were talking ski boot shop only, where professional ski boot fitters know the ins and out. Lets take a look at the difference in ski flex by comparing two boots as a comparison. The boot on the left is an Atomic Redster flex 130. This is also known as a plug in boot or race boot. It is made of thicker plastics than the typical alpine ski boot. This is an extremely stiff flex rating. Notice when you flex the boot, the boot is reactive but provides immediate feedback for the skier. The boot also keeps you in a frontward stance. Lets look at the right boot now. This is a Technia Zero G Touring 115 flex. This boot is made for back country touring. Hence why on the heel there is a walk mode. Typically speaking the touring boots flex usually feel a bit less stiff than their “ flex rating” due to walk mode to keep the mobility for uphill travel. When the Zero G is being flex you can see how much easier it to flex this boot. The effort it significantly less taxing. It also bends much easier than the Atomic Redster. This is due to the flex rating being lower than the Redster. Also for the fact that it is a touring boot, and made with different plastics. When you go to get those sweet new ski boots remember, have an honest discussion about your ski type and preference. This will determine which boot is best for you. Always seek out a qualified boot fitter. Its going to save you big in the long term.

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