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Downhill Boots Atomic Hawx Magna 110 S GW - Black/Anthracite/Saffron

Atomic Hawx Magna 110 S GW - Black/Anthracite/Saffron

Downhill Boots, Man

Ellis Brigham
in 5 stores

3 tips before buying downhill boots

A common mistake people make when buying boots is going for an oversized pair. Many assume that, like shoes, a bigger size will be more comfortable. But, when a boot is too big, you end up having to tighten it more, which can lead to a poorly secured foot.

To avoid this problem, measure your feet before purchasing boots. For adult feet, the general rule is that the boot should be the same length as your foot or at most half a centimetre longer.

Personal preference also plays a role. Beginners may feel more comfortable with slightly roomier boots, while experienced skiers may prefer a tighter fit.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the boots:

  • Length – your toes should touch the front of the boot, but you shouldn't have to scrunch them up.

  • Height – the sides of the boot should fit snugly around your foot, but not too tight that your little toe gets squished.

  • Heel – the heel should be firmly held in place. Some advanced boots have heel grip cushions, which could initially cause some discomfort around the Achilles tendon. This should go away after a few uses.

  • The calf – the boot should fit snugly around your calf without being so tight that it cuts off circulation – but not so loose that your leg moves around inside the boot.

All boots are measured using a flex index scale from 60-150. The higher the number, the stiffer the boot. So how do you know which flex index to choose? This depends on your weight and skill level. As a general rule, heavier and more experienced skiers should go for stiffer boots.

Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right flex index:

  • Beginner: flex index of 60–70 for women and 60–90 for men
  • Medium: flex index of 70–90 for women and 90–110 for men
  • Advanced: minimum flex index of 90 for women, and 110 for men
  • Pros: flex index of 140-150.

Need new skis too? Choosing the right boots is just as important as selecting the right skis.

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