How Much Do Ski Boots Cost?
Skis boots are just as big a necessity as the skis themselves. Ski boots can usually last about 4-5 years, about the same as most skis do, but this depends on the number of hours you spend skiing each season as well as the initial quality of the boot.
How much is it?
- Boots in kids sizes that will fit in kids skis will cost $100-$300. At skis.com, a pair of Salomon T2 boots will cost $100 while a pair of Technica Inferno 70 boots will cost $280.
- Adult ski boots can cost $150-$500. This price depends on the manufacturer, the size, and whether they are men’s or women’s cut. At Buckman’s a pair of women’s Dalbello Raya 8 boots will cost $270 while a pair of Men’s Salomon Impact 10 CS boots will cost $500.
- Downhill ski boots can cost anywhere from $85 to as much as $700. These type of boots will be designed to support your legs and ankles, and tend be more durable that traditional ski boots. For example, the Quadrant AT Boot by Black Diamond retails for $600 to $650.
What is going to be included?
- According to ABC of Skiing, all boots should have a proper fit for your foot, a plastic outer shell, a padded inner boot, a power strap for a snug fit, and either a rear or top entry for your foot.
- Some ski boots will also include features such as flex adjustment, forward-lean adjustment, lateral upper cuff adjustment, ramp-angle adjustment, and ski-walk adjustment.
What are the extra costs?
- If you purchase your boots from an online retailer such as the ones listed above, shipping and handling will be an extra charge.
- Some store will do a professional boot fitting for you upon request and at an extra charge.
Tips to know:
- All brands aren’t created equal. Just like shoes you would wear on a daily basis, ski boots are going to be no different. It’s wise to test these boots on in person to ensure that they fit properly. Some boots may have wider widths and some may run smaller or larger than others even though the sizes can be the same.
- Some boots may need special fits. If you can’t find a boot that doesn’t fit properly, you may want to consider having a professional fitter assist you with the process.
- Don’t be cheap with your boots. Even though the price could be under $100, you may get what you pay for. If you’re a beginner with skiing, it may be ideal to purchase a pair of boots designed for a beginner. That way, if you feel you don’t like skiing, you can always resell them for a smaller loss.
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How can I save money?
- Shopping in the off season, especially right at the end of peak skiing season, will save you a lot of money on all ski equipment.
- Buying your boots used through services such as Amazon, Craig’s List, and eBay can save money as well.