Product Manager, Atomic Ski Boots
- Feb 18, 2020
- Altenmarkt, Austria
If we say there are no absolutes in boot fitting, then that itself becomes an absolute within boot fitting. It's a self defeating statement. So, the reality is more like- there are (very) few absolutes in boot fitting.When did absolutes come into bootfitting?
Physics always wins. The strongest and/or most rigid foot is still more flexible than the ski boot. Therefore, it will move inside the ski boot when force is applied to it, especially the force & torque of a 180+cm lever arm underneath it called a ski, traveling at speed down a slope. The foot can't win that battle, it needs help. It needs support, it needs guidance. And that is what a proper footbed will achieve.Question: there's been a trend in running for pronated footed people to not use orthotics or shoe shims, but instead to strengthen their feet with exercises or adjust their stance. Seems to have worked for some people as their normal pronated stance is not an issue anymore when they are running.
Is that possible with skiing? To adjust your stance by practice and repetition, supplemented with dryland exercises, until it becomes a habit and second nature to not be pronated?
Even if you could strengthen the foot and therefore control it in a ski boot while skiing, why would you want to waste the physical and mental effort in order to do that EVERY turn and in addition to everything else we need to think about while skiing? We progressed into plastic ski boots from leather ones because the plastic version makes skiing easier and more enjoyable. The plastic ski boot is doing more of the work for us. Footbeds are doing a similar thing - guiding the foot so we don't have to.