Buying ski boots

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Salomon SPK Pro Model, £275

If you're planning a heavy session in the park this is the boot you want. The oversized buckles let you put more power through your skis – vital when you need an extra bit of juice to get over a big jump. And the liner has a speedy lacing system so once you've jibbed your tiny heart out taking off the SPK is a doddle.


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Salomon Falcon CS Pro boots, £325

A boot with a heat-mouldable inner is nothing new, but the Falcon CS Pro is the first with a mouldable outer. The boot holds your foot in a natural position, reducing the risk of cramp and blisters. It also allows you to better feel what your skis are doing.


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Fischer RC4 WC Pro 98 30 £379

Where performance and looks are concerned the Fischer RC4 WC Pro is the ski boot equivalent of an F1 car. This expert-level racing model has tons of modification options, including double canting, adjustable rear spoilers and impact protector buckles. This means it's highly responsive, and stable at ball-tightening speeds.


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Black Diamond Factor £349

The Factor is one of the most versatile, advanced ski boots on the market. It has two sole units – one for ski touring and off piste hikes that is only compatible with touring bindings. The other is compatible with alpine skis and works brilliantly when you're freeriding or speeding down the piste.

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