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