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What do the numbers mean on ski boots?
Last Updated: 25th June, 2020
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Regarding this, how stiff should my ski boots be?
Flex in ski boots refers to how difficult it is to flex the boot forward. Boot flex ranges from very soft to race stiffness, indicated by a numeric “flex index” that's usually a number from 50 (soft) to 130 (very stiff). Often this number is written on the outside of the boot cuff.
Subsequently, question is, what does last mean in ski boots? The width or “Last” refers to an old cobbler's term that has evolved into now meaning the width of the ski boot measuring in millimeters across the forefoot. The Last is always measured in the reference size. In a men's boot the reference size is a 26.5 and in women's boots the reference size is a 25.5.
Similarly, what flex should my ski boots be?
Flex index is typically below 85 for men and 75 for women. Soft-flexing boots are usually comfortable and warm. They're typically best if you're new to the sport or you've been at it for a while but enjoy skiing leisurely on groomed green and blue runs.
What does low volume ski boot mean?
If you have a high arch or wide, thick feet, a mid-volume (MV) boot may be for you. On the other hand, if you have flat and/or very narrow feet, you may look for a low-volume (LV) version. Boots with wider lasts normally have more volume and boots with narrower lasts normally have less.