Quality gear is essential to having fun when skiing – this is especially true for you child.
If you want them to enjoy their day you have to get them one of the best ski boots for kids. Before you see my top picks for both boys and girls, I’ll show you what to look for before making your purchase.
How To Choose Ski Boots For Kids
- Make sure they’re easy to put on and are comfortable
- Select the right flex and size
- Smaller features (insulation, buckles, etc.)
When I was younger my parents bought me a pair of ski boots and I was really excited – until I tried them on. They were a pain to put on and take off. Sometimes it would take 10 to 15 minutes to do so and I would have to stomp down as hard as I could to get them on.
They were pretty uncomfortable too and would dig into the top of foot. Luckily, my parents noticed the pain I was in and got me a new pair. If they didn’t I’m not sure I would have kept skiing; it was that bad.
It’s extremely important to make sure the product you purchase for you child is easy to put on and is comfortable to wear all day long. The boots on this list are specifically designed to excel in both departments.
Next, you need to look at the flex of the ski boot. The flex is how stiff the product is and this important to get right. The higher the flex (or more stiff the boot is) the better the skier your child should be. If you give a beginner a boot that’s made to race they’re going to run into problems.
More advanced juniors want a flex in the 60 to 90 range, with the most skilled wanting 80 to 90. Intermediate to beginner skiers will want anything lower than that.
After you have the flex figured out, you have to shift your attention to sizing. Here’s a video that sums this process up:
Pretty easy, right?
Lastly, you have to look at the smaller features that impact ski experience. You want to make sure the buckles are easy to adjust and durable. Also, a good insulation is important to keep your kid’s feet warm. All the boots on this list excel in these departments too.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at my favorite boots for the year!
Roces Idea Free Kids Ski Boot
The Roces Idea Free ski boots are best suited for beginner to intermediate skiers – if your child is on the race team or really rips it up, you’ll want something a little higher performing.
One thing I really like about this product is it’s adjustable in size and can fit between a size 22 to a 25. This is good because as your child’s feet grow, you won’t need to constantly be buying new ski boots. This will save you hundreds over a course of a few seasons. Some other features your kid will like include:
- Easy to use buckles won’t be a strain to adjust. This will save you and your child some stress when you’re out on slopes.
- Strong velcro strap ensures your child’s leg is safely locked in. You don’t want your kid’s leg shifting around when he’s making carves and this prevents that.
- Comfortable liner is enjoyable to wear all day long. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable when skiing and this ensures that won’t happen.
This product also comes with a 1 year warranty, which shows how durable and well made it is. The price is fair too and isn’t bad when you consider there’s many boots that cost several hundreds.
Lastly, this model is designed specifically for boys and their needs. Later on in this list you’ll see the one made for girls.
Nordica GPX 70 Ski Boot
While the boot you just saw was more for beginners and easy going intermediates, the Nordica GPX 70 is designed for more advanced skiers – strong intermediates and up. Absolute beginners should definitely look elsewhere.
This boot is made for people with an average width foot and normal instep too. The GPX 70 has a lot going for it, including:
- High Traction PU soles ensure your kid can walk around easily and won’t slip and fall. If you’ve ever had to go up a flight of stairs in your ski boots you know how handy this feature is.
- Primaloft insulation keeps feet and toes nice and toasty. I’ve struggled keeping my feet warm before and having quality insulation makes a big difference.
- 4 adjustable buckles gives the exact fit your child desires. If he wants his boots to be a little tighter he’ll easily be able to do that.
- 1 year warranty – I’m sure you’ll get more than that but you’re at least guaranteed for one full year.
Despite all that and this boots high performance, the price is fair. It comes in multiple sizes too so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a good fit either.
Here’s a video that goes a little more in depth:
Now you see why I think so highly of this boot. If your kid is a high performer this is a piece of gear that you should definitely think about!
Rossignol Comp J3 Ski Boot
Rossignol is a company that I really love and I wear their equipment all the time – be it skis, goggles and ski boots. When you purchase from them you know you’re getting a quality product and from a company that understands the slopes.
Their Comp J3 isn’t a ski boot that’ll you want on the feet of an experienced skier. This one works the best on beginners and kids still learning. That’s because it has a very soft flex of 40 (advanced skiers want 60 or higher). If your little one is a novice, they’ll like that it has:
- EVA machined liner makes use of padding and different insulation to maximize comfort and warmth. Your child will enjoy the way these feel because of this.
- An upper cuff that’s designed specifically with children in mind.
- Easy to use buckles give a precise fit and will limit unnecessary pains. If you’ve ever had a hard time adjusting your buckles you know how handy this is.
- Easy entry design means it’ll slip right on and off. I’ve had boots that took a lot of effort to put on and this features prevents that.
- Replaceable heel and toe pads means you’ll get more use out of them than other ski boots. This means you’ll get more bang for your buck.
This is another product everyone should be able to afford. For all that you’re getting that’s an extremely fair price.
Plus it sports a nice design and a 1 year warranty too.
Nordica Firearrow Team 2 Ski Boot
The Nordica Firearrow Team 2 is another ski boot that’s best worn by people just learning to ski. The flex is very soft and forgiving – advanced skiers want a stiff flex that transfers energy more efficiently.
The Firearrow is one of the more comfortable ski boots on this list which is really important for improving your child’s skills. If what’s on their feet is causing pain and is uncomfortable your kid will resist learning and want to go lunch early. Some other top features include:
- Easy to put on and take off. Like I said before, I’ve struggled with boots that were a pain to put on and this product ensures that won’t happen.
- Comfort Fit Jr. Liner gives an enjoyable ski experience and traps warmth to keep toes and feet warm. This makes your kid’s day so much better.
- Jr. Cuff Profile is designed for the shape and size of youth legs
- Steel buckles are ultra durable and won’t rust or break down. You won’t have to worry about these boots breaking down prematurely.
This is another boot that’s affordable. That’s extremely fair for all that you’re getting and your boy or girl would be extremely lucky to learn with this boot.
It’ll make their day (which means your day!) much more enjoyable and smoother. You won’t have to deal with them complaining their feet hurt or anything like that.
Fischer Rc4 Junior Race Ski Boots
The Fischer Rc4 is just about the highest performing ski boot on this list and one of the more expensive. The flex on this product is 80 which means only strong skiers can wear it. If your child is a weak skier or just starting out you should look else where.
If your kid is a stud on the slopes they’ll enjoy these boots. They’re made to race and to go fast – this is because the energy transfer on the Rc4’s is quick. You’ll also likes that these boots come with:
- SOMA-TEX shell ensures an upright stance which is more comfortable and enables for sharper cuts. This stance is less exhausting too, and your son will be able to ski longer into the day because of this.
- Adjustable cuff alignment gives a boost in speed. If your kid is a high performer he’ll really like this feature.
- Thermoformable Liner ensures greater warmth and fights off cold. A quality liner makes all the difference in the world and this is a quality liner.
- Durable, well made and has a 1 year warranty. I’m sure you’ll get a few seasons out of these too.
I’m sure at this point in your life you know you have to pay a little extra for quality, which is the case here.
The good news is these are only for top skiers and if your child isn’t there yet you won’t have to spend that. If your boy, or girl is there or just about there, you’ll likely have to pay this much for boots sooner or later.
Rossignol Fun Girl J4 Girls Ski Boot
Here we have another product from one of my favorite ski brands, Rossignol. Like the name suggests, the Fun Girl J4 is specifically designed for little girls hitting the slopes.
This is one of the most adjustable boots on this list and that means as your child’s feet grows, you can customize the Fun Girl J4 to suit that. This will save you money because you won’t have to be constantly purchasing new boots every year. Other features I like include:
- Sensor Fit Technology means their very comfortable. The last thing you want is your daughter being distracted because of uncomfortable boots and the Sensor Fit Technology prevents that from happening.
- Designed to insulate heat and prevent cold toes. Even when the temperature is very low these boots will prevent coldness.
- 50 flex means it’s good for intermediates and down. They’ll help your little girl stay in control and won’t give too much performance.
- Allows for a natural stance which is preferred among most skiers. A natural stance is less tiring on the body and your daughter will go farther into the day because of this.
- 4 buckles to ensure your little girl is strapped in tightly and safely. She’ll get the perfect fit because of this too.
It also has a fleece liner that your kid will like the feel of. These are a little more expensive than the majority of the boots on this list but nothing too high. I personally believe that’s a fair price and if you decide on the Fun Girl J4’s I’m positive you will too.
Dalbello Sports Gaia 2 Girls Ski Boot
Here we have a ski boot from Dalbello that’s made specifically for little girls. The Gaia is an affordable option for any child learning to ski or hasn’t quite hit the intermediate standard yet.
The flex is very soft and this means it isn’t overly fast. This is perfect for novices because it teaches them proper technique and their carves won’t be too sharp. They can easily lean into any turns they take. Also, it has:
- Cabrio design ensures this product slips right on and off with ease. This saves a ton of stress and effort.
- Low Contour Cuff means it’s more comfortable to wear and won’t cause any pains. You daughter won’t be distracted and can focus entirely on skiing because of this feature.
- 2 easy to use buckles adjust with minimal effort. You’ll get the fit you want for your child and they’ll be locked in place.
- Liner will provide ultimate feel and will make your little skier want to ski all day long. You won’t have to call it quits early because they’re in pain.
- Duragrip toes ensure your child won’t slip when walking. The last thing you want is for your child to fall down a flight of stairs.
The best part? The Gaia’s won’t cost a ton. Even if you purchase these and your little girl hates skiing it won’t cost you too much to try.
As long as you aren’t expecting top of the line performance these boots will work fine.
Lange RS 70 SC Junior Ski Boot
The Lange RS 70 SC aren’t for kids still learning how to pizza and french fry – this product is for any junior that’s competent on their skis. These boots will help your kid perform at a very high level.
This is because the RS 70 SC allows for a natural, upright stance when going down the mountain – this allows for better transfer of energy and sharper cuts. The flex is rigid too, and this also helps with energy transfer.
Some features you’ll like include:
- Control Fit Liner has padding that improves comfort. Your child won’t be distracted by annoying pains and will be able to focus completely on what’s in front of them.
- Designed to increase blood flow to the toes which increases warmth. When the temperature is very cold your kid will really appreciate this.
- Short cuff gives unlimited range of motion. If your little one can ski well and likes to push themselves, this cuff comes in handy.
- 1 year warranty and these boots will easily last more than that
While these aren’t the cheapest boots they certainly over expensive, especially when you consider the quality.
Again, you need to make sure you child has the skill to wear these before you purchase them. If boy or girl rarely ventures past green circle trails you should look for one of the boots with a softer flex. If, however, your kid can handle blue squares with ease and can tackle diamond trails, they’ll be able to wear these.
Nordica Little Belle 2 Ski Boots
Here we have another boot designed for the needs of your little girl. The Nordica Little Belle 2 is a nice product and has a lot going for it.
First off, it has a comfortable fleece liner that’s soft to the touch and enjoyable to wear. You’ll also notice it only has 2 buckles too. Despite this it locks your child’s leg in place safely and is very simple to use. Some other features you’ll like include:
- Easy entry means you’ll spend as little time as possible putting the Little Belle on and off. No more struggling in this department.
- High traction outsole prevents your child from slipping down the stairs when it’s lunch time. This gives you some peace of mind and ensures your daughter is safe.
- Improved design increases lateral support and this leads to more control. This is another aspect that increases safety.
- Soft flex that’s best for beginners and intermediates. If your child is a very good skier you may want to look somewhere else.
This is another boot that’s very affordable. Despite this low price this product is high quality and one your kid will love.
One last benefit you should know about is the 45 degree closure. What this does is lock your heel in place and this maximizes comfort and warmth. This is something that comes in handy on those frigid January and February ski days.
Salomon T3 Kids Ski Boot
Unlike the boot you just saw, the Salomon T3 is exclusively made for beginners. Its soft flex will help your child learn how to carve properly and it’ll prevent extremely sharp and fast turns. This will help them stay on their feet and not to fall on their face.
The T2 really should only be someone’s first foot. Anyone with ability should look into a product that performs a little higher. If your kid is a novice, they’ll enjoy the:
- Thermicfit Liner that’s cushioned and padded to prevent any unnecessary pains. Being comfortable while skiing is key and this ensures that’ll happen.
- Helps trap warmth so your little one’s toes won’t get cold (this is really important for them to have fun).
- 3 easy to use buckles adjust without any strain. When you need to tighten these boots or loosen them you’ll easily be able to do that.
- Durable product and comes with a 1 year warranty. Like most boots you’ll most likely get many seasons out of these but you’re guaranteed the one.
Like most beginner boots, this one is pretty affordable. Keep in mind the flex is only 30, though – that’s too soft for competent skiers.
Another aspect you’ll like is the fact these boots are east to put on. When it’s time for lunch or it’s the end of the day, you’ll be extremely grateful for this feature. I’ve struggled with boots that were difficult to put on and take off and it’s not fun.
Roces Free Idea Girls Ski Boot
Earlier you saw the Roces Free Idea for boys and this one is specific to what a girl needs. You get a ton of different options in terms of color to choose from (8 colors) ranging dark pink, to light blue, to dark blue, to red and white and more. You can easily match it to your little girls’ skis, pants or jacket.
This product comes with the handy feature of an adjustable fit from 22.5 to 25.5. This means this boot will keep fitting as your child’s feet grow. You won’t have to toss them in the trash every time they go up a shoe size. That can potentially save you $300 to $400 over a few seasons. The Free Idea’s also come with:
- Self fitting liner will form to the unique shape of your kid’s feet. No matter what size your daughter’s foot is she’ll get a fit that works for her.
- A flex that’s best suited for beginners all the way to advanced intermediates. This is another reason you’ll be able to keep these boots around for a while – as your girl progresses she’ll still be able to use them.
- 1 year warranty and this boot will last much longer than that.
They’re not terribly priced either. I consider them to be high quality so I consider that price to be an excellent value.
Lange RS 90 Junior Race Ski Boot
Last up is the highest performing product on this list, the Lange RS 90. The flex of this boot is extremely stiff and is best suited for advanced skiers and racers. Beginners should stay away from this boot more so than any other on this list – the energy transfer is too much for novices to handle.
The Lange RS 90 is a dream for skilled skiers and will help your child reach their maximum potential. That’s because it comes with:
- Control fit technology gives the most comfortable and accurate fit possible. You need to be comfortable to enjoy your day and this ensures that’ll happen.
- Short cuff helps create a natural stance and this leads to tighter carves with more ease. It’s also less exhausting to stand this way and your kid will be able to ski longer into the day because of this.
- A responsive liner that locks the ankle in place without being painful. This adds a bit of safety and performance.
- The liner increases blood flow too and this creates additional warmth. This means on the coldest days your feet are protected and will be toasty.
- Mono-infection shell creates more responsiveness and improved performance. Any high performing skier will appreciate this when they’re on the slopes.
- Durable aluminum buckles are easy to adjust. They’ll last a long time and you’ll get the fit you desire without having to struggle.
These are a pricey product and costs more than double the amount of most of the boots on this list. If your child is extremely good at skiing you’ll have to pay more for their equipment – that’s just the way skiing works.
If you’re going to pay more, though, you’ll want to get your money’s worth and you’ll get your money’s worth here.
Your Child Will Love These Boots!
Whether your child likes or dislikes skiing weighs heavily on the gear they wear while learning. If you get them good equipment they’ll be comfortable and warm all day – get them low quality gear and they’ll be uncomfortable. This is especially true for kid’s ski boots.
No matter your little one’s skill level or your budget you’ll find a pair of boots on this list that’ll work perfectly.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll answer as soon as possible. You can search around the ski section up top for more tips to help you out on the slopes.
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