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Anatomy of a Ski Boot

Whether you're in the market for new ski boots, or just want to get learned, we help you know your boot from liner to last.

Common Terms Defined:

>> Last: The shape of the interior cavity of a boot. For a given size, some boots are designed to be wide and roomy, some sculpted to be snug and tight. “Last” is the cobbler’s term for the wooden, foot-shaped blank around which shoes of a particular size were built.

Stuff We Like: Nordica's Ace of Spades

Stuff We Like: Nordica's Ace of Spades
Stuff We Like: Nordica's Ace of Spades
Aced It

We love it for the retro colors alone. The Ace of Spades ($749), a midseason launch, is Nordica’s entry into the jib-specific ski-boot market. The three-buckle, three-piece shell promotes ease of entry while still providing good rearward support. It’s light (just 4.5 pounds) and roomy (100-plus mm across the forefoot), with a progressive flex that Nordica rates as 100 to 130. Other niceties: Vibram sole, shock-absorbing bootboard and a pant clip.

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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

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