If you’re just starting out with skiing you may be interested in one of the best ski boots for beginners.
It’s really important to get this piece of equipment right and I’ll show you what’s most important – after you’ll see my top picks for the year for both men and women.
How To Choose A Ski Boot For A Beginner
When a novice is selecting a ski boot they should consider the following:
- The flex or stiffness of the boot
- The last or width
- Smaller features (liner, easy entry, buckles, etc.)
In order to get a skill appropriate ski boot you need to look at the flex, which is the stiffness of the product. This is the most important thing to think about. Choosing your flex can be summed up by this statement: the stiffer the boot, the more skilled you should be to wear it. A stiff boot will give sharper cuts and more energy transfer – a beginner just won’t be able to handle it.
A man just starting to ski will want a flex between 50 to 70 and a woman will want one between 40 to 65 (all the boots on this list fall into this range).
After you have flex figured out you should shift your attention to the last of the boot. The last of a boot is the width and there’s narrow, normal and wide. Here’s the following ranges for each last:
- Narrow: 95mm to 99mm
- Normal: 100mm to 103mm
- Wide: 104mm to 106mm
A wide ski boot is a favorite of beginners. It gives you a little more room which improves comfort and it helps take slower turns and carves; this way you’re always in control.
You’ll definitely want to get the right size too. Here’s a good video that explains sizing:
It’s that simple!
Lastly, you’ll want to look at the smaller features of the boot. You’ll want a liner that’s comfortable to wear and that keeps your feet warm. Also, you want a product that’s easy to put on and take off. I once had a pair of boots that took 10 minutes to get on and off – it was a real pain. Many boots have easy access technology built into them on this list.
You’ll want quality buckles that are easy to adjust as well.
Let’s take a loot at my top picks for beginners now!
Tecnica Ten.2 70
The Tecnica Ten.2 70 is one of my favorite ski boots on this list for a lot of reasons. First off, it comes with a flex which is right on the border of beginner and beginner intermediate. This means as you get better at skiing you won’t need to get a higher performing product right away – you’ll be able to use this one for quite some time (that’ll save you some money).
Another reason I love the Ten.2 is it’s very high quality. This is the type of boot you’ll enjoy wearing and be happy to put on every time you got to the slopes. Some other features you’ll like include:
- A wide last that beginners like to wear
- i-Rebound Construction helps novices stay in control at all times
- Quick Instep Max makes sliding your foot in and out very easy
- Ultra Fit Liner that’s extremely comfortable and will limit any discomforts
This boot isn’t cheap but I wouldn’t consider it overly expensive either. That’s an extremely fair price for what you’re getting.
Also, it has easy to use buckles that won’t give you any problems when you adjust them. Lastly, it has a 1 year warranty and you’ll get more years than that out of them. Any person who likes to take it slow or is learning this fun sport would be lucky to wear these, that’s for sure.
Dalbello Aspire Women’s 65
The Dalbello Aspire is specifically made for women and like the boot you just saw it’s made for a beginner that borders on intermediate (or any beginner that would like to reach the stage of intermediate).
I personally think this is one of the best looking ski boots on this list too. It has a really nice design and one that’s sure to get you some attention (and maybe a little envy!). You’ll also like that it comes with a:
- Low Contour Cuff that’s made for a women’s legs and needs
- One of the most comfortable liners on the market and is enjoyable to wear all day long
- 4 durable and strong buckles ensure you’re locked in safely
- A full one year warranty shows how durable and well made this product is.
It also comes with a wider last that leaves a little extra room for your foot. I once owned a pair that were really constricting and made my day miserable – that won’t happen with the Aspire’s.
This boot is pretty affordable too. When you consider that some boots cost over $400, you recognize what a good value that is.
Nordica Cruise 60
Nordica is a company I like and when ever I get a chance to ski with their gear I try. Their Cruise is a true beginner boot and should only be worn by beginners. As you get better and want to explore more difficult trails you’ll want a higher performing and more stiff boot.
Like many of the boots on this list it has a wide last that beginners love – this ensures you’ll always be in control and will be able to take wide, slow and safe turns and carves. Some other features you’ll enjoy include:
- Allows for a natural stance which lessens strain and allows you to ski longer into the day
- Comfort liner does a great job keeping your foot and toes warm
- Padding in the right places minimizes discomfort
There’s many people that swear the Cruise 60’s are the single most comfortable boots on the market. This is so important too. When you’re feeling good you can focus on skiing and improving your skills. You’ll also want to stay out their longer and you’ll get your money’s worth.
How much will this cost you? Not too much. There’s a few reviews you can check out on Amazon if you’d like to see what other customers are saying about this ski boot.
Rossignol Kiara Women’s 60
Rossignol is another company I really like and I’ll be rocking Rossignol skis this year. Their Kiara 60 is a quality boot and one that any beginner should consider.
It has the wide last that novices enjoy and is designed to suit a women’s leg shape. This stylish ski boot also features a:
- PU Liner adds comfort and warmth to your feet
- Fleece insulation gives you even more comfort and warmth
- 4 easy to use buckles and a strap to make sure your leg is securely and safely locked in
- 1 year warranty lets you know this is a well made product
Another feature you’ll really like is how easy this boot is to put on and take off. When it comes time to break for lunch or pack it up for the day, they’ll slip right off – this will save you a lot of stress, trust me on this one.
This is another piece of gear that’s certainly not cheap but won’t break the bank either. This is a fair price because you’ll be able to keep this boot around as you get better. It’s one of those boots that both a beginner and intermediate can use.
Salomon Quest Access 70
The Salomon Quest Access is another product that’s best for beginners shooting to move up in skill eventually. The flex of this boot is soft enough that novices will always feel in safe but stiff enough you’ll get enough performance as you get better.
The Quest Access is designed to give you more edging power and this will help you take controlled carves and turns. Additionally it has a wide width and will leave plenty of room for your feet. Some other features you’ll like include:
- Ride/hike switch helps you when it’s time for lunch and yo have to walk around in your boots
- My Custom Fit Liner And Woolmetal liner is ultra comfortable and will keep your feet nice and toasty
- East to put on and take off will save you a ton of stress
- 3 easy to use buckles and a 35mm strap prevents your boot from sliding around
The price is what you’d expect from a quality boot. Like I said earlier, you won’t have to ditch these as your skills progress. This will save you a few hundred bucks over time.
Lastly, Salomon is a very respected company and you’ll see their gear all over the mountain this year. You’ll probably even see these boots on other people.
Atomic Waymaker Women’s 70
I actually don’t think the Atomic Waymaker is the perfect beginner ski boot for women. I say this because it performs a little out of the range of a true, absolute beginner. However, if you’ve been on skis before or maybe even consider yourself pretty skilled you can purchase the Waymaker’s.
The flex is a 70 and this is the stiffness a mellow intermediate would want. I added this because a more advanced beginner could easily wear them. Plus, you’ll be able to wear them for a few seasons as your progress. Some other aspects of this boot you’ll enjoy include:
- Free/Lock system let’s you switch your boot to walking mode when you’re not strapped into your skis
- Live Fit Panel that expands which lets you get a perfect fit every time you put them on
- Thinsulate Insulation is very popular and keeps warmth from escaping
- Bronze Liner adds a bit of comfort to your feet
- Comes with a 1 year warranty
This may surprise you but the Waymaker is actually one of the cheapest boots on this list. Factor in the you’ll get multiple seasons out of them and you see why that’s such a deal.
Dalbello Aerro 60
The Dalbello Aerro is a true beginners boot and one you’ll eventually want to ditch as you get better. If, however, you just like mellow skiing and never plan on tackling more challenging trails, they’ll work for as long as you want them to.
This is one of the more comfortable ski boots too and this important for learning. No body wants their feet to be in pain or anything like that when you’re just starting out. That’ll honestly make you not want to stick with it. You’ll like that it comes with:
- SuperComfort Liner provides padding in all the right places
- High quality insulation fights off cold feet and toes
- Easy entry design so you won’t struggle for 15 minutes trying to put them on
- Wide last leaves plenty of room for your feet and makes your cuts slow and easy
- 4 buckles and a strap to keep your leg from moving around
The Dalbello Aerro is fairly priced too. There aren’t many products of this quality for such a low price.
If you’re an absolute beginner or just like to ski at a mellow pace, you should definitely consider these boots.
Rossignol Evo 70
Last on the list is a very high quality boot from Rossignol, the Evo 70. This boot is very sharp looking and on you’ll be happy to show off on the slopes this year.
This is another pair of boots that can work for both beginners and intermediates. If you plan on sticking with skiing I would consider this boot or a boot like this. It just makes sense to have a product that’ll you’ll be able to use as you progress from green circles to blue squares and to the occasional black diamond.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- Wide last allows for more comfort and better turns
- Machine PU Liner provides a high amount of insulation and warmth
- A good amount of padding prevents pains in your feet
- 1 year warranty and will last longer than that
Like many of the boots listed here, the Evo 70 isn’t cheap but not overly expensive either.
I personally think this one of the best values on the list. This is one of the new ski boots available and comes with Rossignol craftsmanship.
Anyone Of These Boots Can Work For You!
Skiing is a sport that relies on having good gear. If you choose the right equipment you’ll have a good all day long – the choose the wrong equipment and you’ll be calling it quits early on in the day. This is especially true for your ski boots. Many people believe this is the most important thing to get right and I can’t argue against that.
No matter your budget or needs you’ll find a product here that works perfectly for you. If you’d like to check out my complete list of best ski boots (shows for all skill levels for both men and women), click below:
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll respond as fast as possible. You can search around the ski section up top for more tips on skiing and gear reviews.
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