Kids Ski Boots
A proper pair of kid's ski boots can make the difference between a happy little one on the mountain and an unhappy little one. There are various styles of kid's ski boots and some main differences that can make up for changing styles, prices and will change the way the boots fit, feel and perform.
Rear entry, 1, 2, 3 and 4 buckle kids' ski boots
When shopping kid's ski boots you will notice a varying degree of styles from the number of buckles to how the child gains entry to the boots. There is design behind these various styles and reasons for the different set ups. The rear entry boots are for the very basic beginners as they are the easiest to get on and offer a comfortable feel that is not going to be overly stiff and un-comfortable to deter first time skiers. For front buckle boots they will offer from between 1 to 4 buckles depending on the model, size and style. The main reason for the various amounts of buckles on these kids' ski boots is simply the size of the ski boot. The smaller the boot the less buckles that are necessary or the fewer buckles that will fit. Some boots will offer a varying amount of buckles within the same style simple depending on the boots size; for example if you have a size 2 there may only be 2 buckles but going up to a size 4 may result in there being 3-4 buckles.
Types of kid's ski boots
Just like adult boots kid's ski boots can have differing purposes whether that be for all mountain skiing, racing or freestyle skiing. Standard all mountain ski boots are going to offer a light to mid flex to be comfortable in most all skiing situations and will offer enough support for long days on the slopes. Freestyle specific kid's ski boots will offer shock absorption and a bit more support for kids skiing in the terrain park or half pipe. Racing style kid's ski boots will offer a very stiff design that will aid in transferring power to the kids skis while they race all while being well protected from the abuse of ski racing.
Sizing kid's ski boots
Just like adult boots kid's ski boot sizing is very important. You will not want to buy a ski boot big to attempt to get growing room out of it. This may work ok in tennis shoes but in ski boots this can cause poor support and actually give the kid cold feet. We offer a wide range of ski boot sizing charts but as a rule of thumb you are going to either want to go with their athletic shoe size or in some cases a 1/2 to full size down. Kid's ski boots, like adult models, will break in and can sometimes take a few times skiing to fully break in and adjust to the child's foot. A quick check to do is a pen/pencil test; have the child put the ski boots on and kink their heel back and then use a pen or pencil and insert it behind the heel in the ski boot. You should be able to snuggly put the pen or pencil behind the child's heel and there shouldn't be a lot of extra room.
Now you know!
Now you know there are varying types of kid's ski boots and understand the difference between the various amounts of buckles and styles of boots. Here at Skis.com you can expect to find all the top brands of kid's ski boots including various models from Rossignol, Salomon, Nordica, Dalbello, Atomic, Full Tilt, Lange and more. For more information on kid's ski boots please view our ski-o-pedia for a full line of buying guides, sizing guides, videos and more.