One of the many important components of bootfitting is cuff alignment. If you take a look at your boots, you will see an adjustable hinge on one or both sides of the ankle where the upper and lower parts of the boot connect. This contact point controls the lateral position of the upper cuff.
What does that freaking mean?? It means that the bow legged and nock kneed among us can also enjoy a day of skiing with precise control. Not everyone needs to make this adjustment, but we do have to tweak it during the vast majority of boot fits that we complete. If your legs connect to your feet with any amount of wonkiness, don’t be shy, but a cuff alignment will help your skiing. If your legs don’t connect with your boots perfectly, the bottoms of your skis won’t connect perfectly either.
The process of adjusting the cuff is pretty simple. Feel free to make some adjustments yourself, but do come and see us if you want to get it 100% spot on. Start off barefoot with your footbed in the boot. With a natural stance, put forward pressure on the boot as you would while skiing. What you want to see is the center of your shin make contact with the center of the boot’s tongue. If this is off, we can adjust the alignment up and in or down and out to accommodate the wonkier feet out there. Once this adjustment is all worked out you will no doubt feel a more solid connection between your skis and the snow. Bam! Performance upgrade!
One thing we should note is the confusion between cuff alignment and canting. The difference can be rather confusing as some boot makers label the cuff alignment as a “canting” adjustment. Nonsense. You are now fully informed on the finer points of cuff alignment, but not canting. The latter refers to an adjustment in the sole of the boot where it makes contact with the bindings. To adjust canting, you have to grind the boot’s sole down. We don’t recommend doing this at home.