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Anatomy of a Boot

How plastic, steel, rubber, and leather come together to connect skier to ski.


>Liner: The removable inner boot, usually made of foams, leather, plastics and textiles; provides padding for the foot to protect it from the rigid shell

>Shell: The plastic exterior of the boot, usually comprising two components: the cuff and the lower shell

>Footbed: The removable platform—located inside the liner—on which the foot rests

>Bootboard: The platform inside the shell on which the liner rests, usually removable; also referred to by its Italian name, zeppa

Ski Boot Glossary of Terms


Planning to visit a bootfitter? Good call. Here's some of the basic vocabulary of ski boot technology.

Boots 1999: Fit to be Tried


To paraphrase Johnnie Cochran, "If the boot don't fit, you might as well quit." Skiing, that is. Your ski boot is the single most crucial component of your gear system.

Boots 1999: Into the Comfort Zone


Know this: If you're still skiing in old rear-entries, or in boots that hurt, or in boots that are just too big, your super-sidecuts aren't working at peak efficiency.

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