Mens Ski Boots
Ski boots are available for men, women and kids and offer specific fit characteristics for each of these styles. Womens boots are going to be a bit narrower offering a better fit for their typically smaller foot shape, junior ski boots are going to be smaller and more flexible than adult models and mens ski boots are going to be a bit wider and will offer a great fit for a mans foot shape. You may think there is only one style of mens ski boots but there are actually several which are for different intended uses. These mens ski boots range in design for downhill, freestyle, race and side and backcountry skiing. Ski boots will be made using specific options and characteristics to make them the best suited for the type of skiing they are intended for.
Downhill mens ski boots
Downhill style mens ski boots are going to be the most common and will be used by skiers from beginner to advance. Downhill refers to skiers that are going to ski mostly the frontside of the mountain and will maintain on groomed and hardpacked trails for the majority of their skiing. This style of mens ski boots are going to offer a fit more geared towards comfort than performance but don't let that fool you, there are still high performing ski boots in this style. When shopping mens downhill boots be sure to factor in how often you will be skiing and be sure to take a look at all the features of the ski boots before making a decision.
Freestyle mens ski boots
Freestyle mens ski boots are going to be geared towards the skiers spending the majority of their time in the terrain park or pipe. Freestyle ski boots will offer a bit more protection and will be geared a bit more towards performance. Freestyle skiers need more impact protection for landing jumps and tricks off gaps and rails which is why in most freestyle ski boots there will be a shock absorber in the base of the boot. There is also a need for a more progressive flex in freestyle mens ski boots which is achieved through shell design and tongue design.
Race mens ski boots
Mens ski boots for racing will be the stiffest type of boots offering a pure performance fit that will get the most out of the boots. With a thinner liner and shell the ski racer gets the best power transfer they can right to their skis. Race ski boots are not going to be as comfortable as other models but hardcore racers will sacrifice the comfort for the performance that comes along with these boots.
Side and backcountry mens ski boots
Mens ski boots geared for side and backcountry skiing will often offer a very stiff design yet will still offer padding and comfort related features for all day skiing. Some other important features of backcountry ski boots is the ski/walk feature and a more grip friendly bottom. The ski walk feature make it possible to hike in areas where you need to hike and the grippy bottom gives you ample grip when needed whether hiking or riding a snowmobile.
Getting the right mens ski boots for you
As you now know there are various styles of mens ski boots and the type you choose is dependent on the type of skiing you intend on doing. For more in depth sizing and buying information we recommend taking a look at our buying and sizing guide for ski boots. In these guides you can get a full education on mens ski boots.