When you’re on the slopes, it’s easy to tell when something’s not right. If your bindings are loose or you aren’t wearing waterproof pants, it’s only a matter of time before your fun day skiing becomes a little more miserable.
The same goes with your ski boots. Old boots are going to give you blisters. At the very least, they’re going to be uncomfortable. But, in fact they could even pose safety issues. If you’re wondering if you need new boots, this guide will help you out.
How long will ski boots last?
We all have that favorite pair of ski boots that we want to wear every single season. But if you’ve had the same pair for more than 10 seasons, it’s time to say goodbye. Just like with the skis themselves, the boots will need to be replaced before they cause any safety issues.
Ski experts generally recommend that ski boots should be replaced after 50-200 days on the slopes. This depends on how often you go and how long your ski sessions are. If you’re closer to that 200-day mark, it’s even more imperative that you replace your ski boots.
Depending on how often you ski, you could need to replace your boots after just one or two years. If you’re skiing 100 days every year, you might want to consider a new pair of ski boots every season. If you ski just a few weekends every season, you’d be okay waiting a decade to get new boots. If this is the case, however, be sure to lookout for warning signs that your boots might need to be replaced.
Signs that you should replace your ski boots
This might go without saying, but if you’re no longer as comfortable as you once were while skiing, it might be a pretty good sign that your boots need replacing. They might not feel like they fit the same, they might feel looser and your foot might move each time you turn. If you’re getting blisters or your toes are feeling like they’re rubbing, the lining has probably worn away too much and it’s time for the boots to be replaced.
Some wear and tear is normal when it comes to ski boots. However, extensive damage should be a cause for concern. If there are cracks in the shell or the buckles have snapped, you should have your boots repaired or replace them completely.
If the toe or heel becomes more worn and rounded, you won’t be able to securely connect to the bindings. Your foot will shift while you’re skiing. This can not only lead to extra pain but can also result in accidents.
After many days on the snow, the plastic shell of your ski boots will become more brittle as it loses some of its elasticity. While you’re skiing, you’ll notice that you don’t have as much flexibility to pop and transfer energy from your body to your skis. Ultimately, you’ll have less control over your skis. You won’t be able to ski as well as you used to, and you may be at increased risk for accidents.
Ski technology is improving every day. The gear is always evolving to meet skiers’ needs and help them ski more efficiently. There’s a significant amount of science that goes into designing boots every year, and the ones that enter the market are consistently better.
If you have boots from 2010, you’re missing out on a decade of technology and improvements. Ski boots are now being designed to be more comfortable, more lightweight, and more secure. If you want to stay on top of the best technology, investing in a new pair of boots could be the first step.
How long will ski boots last with proper care?
The good news is that you can extend the life of your boots. Just like with any piece of gear, there are easy ways you can improve their longevity.
Replace the liners
It’s not too difficult to find replacement liners that will fit your boots. Some companies even offer different types of liners depending on your skiing preferences. Some liners can be molded to your foot for added comfort. At the very least, they’ll be lace-up so that you can feel snug while you’re on the slopes.
Check out the video below about how to custom mold ski boot liners.
Replace the soles
If you’re starting to notice that your ski boot soles appear more worn out than they used to, you can get them replaced. Many companies offer this service. They’ll typically just attach toe and heel plates and you’re good to go!
Store them properly
If you want your boots to last, you have to care for them properly. While you should store your boots somewhere warm (around room temperature), be sure to keep them out of places that are too hot. Remove any excess dirt or ice and make sure that they’re stored in a space that’s shaded and ventilated. Don’t forget to keep the boots unbuckled when they’re stored. Also be sure to remove the boot liner at the end of each day so that it dries properly.
How long will ski boots last: final thoughts
Ski boots are designed to last awhile but with excessive use, they’ll need to be replaced quite often. For most skiers, this means every 50-200 days. Just like with any other product, ski boots naturally degrade. While you may be able to extend the life of your ski boots by storing them properly or getting some of the components replaced, if they’re causing pain or discomfort, they should be replaced. When skiing gear isn’t working properly it can lead to safety concerns.