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Anatomy of a Boot

Anatomy of a Boot
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

Spring Gear: Merrell Softshell

The footwear experts at Merrell have introduced an outerwear line, including this perfect-for-spring softshell.

Who Needs Custom Footbeds?

Gear

According to Jeffrey Jacobs, C. Ped., everyone.

Online Exclusive: Who Needs Custom Footbeds?

Features

According to Jeffrey Jacobs, C. Ped., everyone.

Cloudveil Cascade

Gear

Supple but extremely tough--one of the best best backcountry jackets.

Columbia Mountain Mobility Sweater

Gear

Columbia Mountain Mobility Sweater

Why We Ski: The Shell Fit

Features

Boots work best when they're tight. But while their insides are said to be shaped like feet, they rarely seem to be shaped like yours.

Carrera Typhoon Advance H.M. helmet

Gear

With an aerodynamic shell and checker-flag graphics, the Typhoon is all about speed.

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