How Much Do Ski Boots Cost?
Skis boots are just as big a necessity as the skis themselves. Ski boots can usually last about five 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 that fit kid skis will cost $100 to $300. For example, 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 to $500. This price depends on the manufacturer, the size, and whether they are a men’s or a woman’s cut. At Buckman’s, for instance, 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 they tend to be more durable than traditional ski boots. For example, the Quadrant AT Boot by Black Diamond retails for $600 to $650.
- About.com says you should be prepared to spend about $100 for a lower-end boot to hundreds of dollars for a customized one.
- The prices mentioned earlier will be for those who plan on purchasing ski boots over the counter. If you plan on using a custom fitter, the prices can be anywhere from as little as $500 to more than $1,100. This will all depend on the fitter you choose. These fitters are trained and actually went to school to learn how to fit a snow boot properly.
- Members on Reddit.com, for instance, were quoted about $1,000 over the phone through the Ski Boot Fitting Company.
|Type of Boot||Price Range|
|DaleBoot Ski Boots||$750 to $1,200+|
|Fischer Vacuum Ski Boots||$230 to $500+|
|Strolz Ski Boots||$1,200~|
|Surefoot Ski Boots||$700 to $1,000 + $225 for custom fitting|
Why do ski boots cost so much?
- Research and development is said to be very expensive, and these boots are known to be the most expensive piece of skiing equipment.
- Ski boots use higher-end equipment, a lot of different materials and some brands use hand-sewing methods. Watch this How It’s Made to see the work that goes into the boots.
- Unlike sneakers, a ski boot will need expensive molds, metal for the buckles and liners.
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.
- All brands won’t be created equally. Some will have wider widths, while others may run larger or smaller than other brands.
What are the extra costs?
- If you purchase your boots from an online retailer, shipping and handling may be an extra charge.
- Some store will do a professional boot fitting for you upon request at an extra charge.
Tips to know:
- All brands aren’t created equal. Just like shoes you wear on daily, 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. Snow Travelista over at SkiUtah.com shows you how an outfitter works.
- 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.
- Experts will recommend you stick to a stiffer boot if you’re starting skiing for the first time. The reason? Stiffer boots will respond better to the movement of your legs.
- When you try on boots, try to stick to lighter socks since heavier socks may make the fit feel different when trying them on.
Ski boot size chart
Top brands to consider:
How can I save money?
- Shopping in the offseason, 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 websites, such as Amazon, Craig’s List, and eBay, can save money as well.