It was the first time I had actually seen myself ski but I didn’t look as good as I’d imagined, despite having notched up almost ten years on the slopes.
Watching myself sliding and flexing in front of the huge mirror, I could see that my upper body was moving around far too much, and that I was leaning over my uphill ski as I travelled across the ‘piste’, rather than keeping my core upright and balanced.
Before long, these glitches in my technique unbalanced my skis and I fell onto the white carpet with a clatter of metal.
My Skiplex experience had begun!
It’s 8pm, you’re buying drinks and should by now be in après footwear, but instead you’re still clumping around in your ski boots, skidding on spilt beer and risking life and limb as you pick your way across the fresh ice that’s forming outside.
Shuushing off the slopes and straight into a bar is all well and good, but if you take five minutes to nip back to the chalet first to change your footwear, you can enjoy a whole new world of comfort, not to mention style.
Whilst trainers are just fine, après-boots are far better: for the fashion conscious, they can add serious points to your ski-cred but, whilst style can certainly has a role to play, with their rubber soles and thermal linings, après boots are primarily designed to improve your grip on the white stuff and keep your feet warm and dry.
The good news is that in 2012 the best ski boots just keep getting better! From added flex to fully-customised shells and liners, this season’s boots embrace the best ski-boot technologies in the market.
With brands refining existing models and adding pioneering new designs all the time, it’s sometimes easy to miss the latest developments.
So, instead of making do with your old pair, here’s a taste of some of the best on the market… and with boots always, always try before you buy!
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