“Best boots” in our glossary are those made for Nordic racing at the highest international level in the last couple of years, give or take. That invariably means carbon sole boots.
Well, almost invariably – it’s true that even at the World Cup level you occasionally get to see a skier or two racing in non-carbon soled boots. Especially in very cold weather. That makes some difference compared to freestyle races where carbon sole is now absolute must-have. But statistically it is rather negligible and certainly not applicable to true WC podium crowd
Technically, we should also be including combi ( a.k.a. skiathlon or pursuit) boots as they ar occasionally being used by some in classic races at the World Cup – but those are rather rare, we don’t have enough info/photos of top stars using them, so we’ll skip that altogether.
We show you
a) what’s currently available in the shops
b) what are the boots the world’s best skiers are currently using
c) what we’ve been told is coming out of the labs very and onto those athletes feet very, very soon. And if we haven’t be told directly – we shan’t speculate.