Storing your alpine ski boots properly is vital to maintaining them in between sessions, or seasons. Let’s jump right into it.
Arguably the best feeling in the world is unbuckling your ski boots. Once you’ve freed your toes, take care to buckle the boots back up. This is an easy step to maintaining the form of your ski boots. They don’t need to be tight - just enough that they are latched.
Controlling moisture is always important for outdoor gear. Allowing your boots to properly dry between sessions will keep your boots happy. Stuff the boots with crumpled newspaper to absorb the dampness after a ski day. When very saturated, remove the liners and allow them to dry completely before reinserting them. If you ski frequently, a boot dryer may be worth the investment. Furthermore, a shoe deodorant or spray can help with fighting your stinky ski feet odour.
Before storing your alpine ski boots for the summer season, we recommend taking your maintenance routine a step further and cleaning them first. This gives you a chance to review the boots for excessive wear and determine if anything needs replacing or additional TLC. One habit to add to your routine is to check the tension of the screws as it’s possible they have loosened over time.
Ideally, the boots should be stored in a dry, dark environment at room temperature. Extreme cold or heat can affect the shape of the boots. Furthermore, keep the boots in a zippered bag to deter critters from making their nest in your boots.
We cover how to store all of your ski gear during the off season in this blog. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: proper maintenance of your outdoor gear is the trick to longevity. Outdoor gear is built to last but it is a two way relationship. When you take care of your gear, it will take care of you! For an overall summary of maintaining your stuff, read through this blog.