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3 of the Best Ski Boots for Kids in 2019

by SHRED DOG Editor October 11, 2019 0 Comments

Why Good Kids Ski Boots Are Important


Girl preparing to ski downhillOne of the most important pieces of ski equipment for adults and kids alike are the ski boots. Why? Because the key to becoming a good skier is learning to control what inherently is a difficult-to-control setup -- two planks, attached to your feet, and waxed on the bottom to slide easily down a slippery slope! If the skis are like tires on a car, then the ski boots are like the wheels of a car. A secure, solid interface between the car, the wheels, and the tires, is critical for driving under control and, similarly, the interface between the legs, the boot, and the ski are critical for skiing under control.

High-quality kids ski boots, like all ski boots, are not cheap, though, so this creates a dilemma for teaching kids to ski or even later with kids that are great skiers. In the beginning, not all kids learning to ski will stick with it so investing in great ski boots may not make sense. And even the kids that do become good skiers and ski regularly outgrow their gear every year, again making the investment in high-performance kids ski boots a question mark. 

For many families, especially with kids first learning to ski, we generally recommend renting before buying. While that connection between foot and ski boot and ski is important, it becomes more important as the child progresses and, early on, the cost simply outweighs the benefit.  

 

What to Look for In the Best Kids Ski Boots


Parent helping child into ski bootsFor anyone buying ski boots, there are details to look for to get the best fit and performance that go well beyond the scope of this article. But for our list of the best kids ski boots, we were looking for products that solve kid-centric challenges much like we do with SHRED DOG premium outdoor kids winter gear

For kids ski boots, the challenges are:

1) Kids outgrow gear every year and good gear is expensive to replace

2) Getting ski boots on and off of little feet can be seriously difficult and frustrating (for both kids and parents of course!)

3) Walking in ski boots isn't the best experience for anyone and for some kids, that challenge can impact their overall enjoyment of the sport

So which ski boot brands are solving those challenges? On to our 2019 list...

 

Our Favorite Kids Ski Boots in 2019

 

Roces Idea Free Adjustable Ski Boot

The Roces IDEA Free is a beginner, soft-flex kids ski boot with good construction and a 3 buckle closure system. All-around a good-performing kids ski boots. The coolest feature of the Roces IDEA kids ski boot and why it is on our list is that the boot size can be adjusted from size 4 to 7 as your young skier grows. We love that because it is right in line with how we develop jacket sleeves and pant legs to get more use out of the gear with growing kids and hand-me-downs to younger siblings (see this article for more on our industry-first Adjust-a-Fit system for SHRED DOG apparel).

Rossignol Comp J1 Kids Ski Boot

Rossi Comp J1 Kids Ski Boot

Rossignol has been making great ski bots for decades and with the Rossi Comp J1 Kids Ski Boot, they have focused on one of the other key challenges for kids learning to ski... the difficulty it often is to get little feet in and out of their ski boots! This boot features a rear-entry, single buckle design making it very easy and quick to get kids feet in and out of the boots. This boot is an even softer flex than the Roces so certainly designed for beginners. 

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Salomon QST Access 70 T Kids Ski Boots

Saloman QST Access 70T Kids Ski BootSalomon is another iconic ski boot brand that has made great boot options for adults and kids for years. The Salomon QST Access 70T kids ski boot is not like the other two on this list - it is certainly a higher performance boot for at least an intermediate skier (flex 70 not 30/40 like the other two). This is a lightweight boot for comfort all day and features a walk-mode for backcountry hiking or just easier walking around the resort. It is on our list for both of those reasons. Beginner kid skiers learn and transition into great kids skiers that need great gear to do things like hike where there are no lifts with their parents to get to the fresh powder! But even for those that stick to on-piste runs, if you're willing to spend a little more, the walk-mode is also a much more comfortable experience getting to and from the car and walking around the lodge. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Couple Other Boot-related Add-ons

If you're not looking to shell out more money for a walk-mode boot or want a softer flex, beginner boot for kids first learning to ski, there are still options to help with walking in ski boots. To make walking in any boot a little easier, there are a number of brands making traction grips for walking from the parking lot to the lift. CAT Tracks are very popular and also check out a newer brand Ski Skootys. They say one size fits all but may only work well for bigger kids. 

Do you have other favorite ski boots for kids? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments! 




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Size Guides

SHRED DOG size guides are based on body size not garment measurements. Please note that all SHRED DOG products are designed to layer, therefore each product is cut and sized to accommodate the appropriate layers underneath it. 

In general, we have found that one size larger than the child's age is typically what most families choose to allow more room for growth. But to be sure, it is always best to measure.

Measuring Tips

To get the best fitting products please take a few minutes to measure your kid following these simple steps. For all measuring use a flexible tape.

  1. Chest - Measure horizontally across the fullest area of the chest
  2. Waist - Measure horizontally around the narrowest part of the waist, (which is about 2 inches above the belly button)
  3. Hip - With feet together measure around the fullest point of the hip,  keeping the tape measure horizontal 
  4. Inseam - Without shoes on, measure from front crotch straight down to the floor and reduce 1/2" 
  5. Height - Measure from floor straight up to the top of the head
  6. Sleeve Length - Measure from center back across shoulder point and down the arm to the wrist 

 

Girls Insulator and Outerwear Products

All Measurements are in inches.

 SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
CHEST 22 - 23 23 - 24 24 - 25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30 30.5 - 32.5 33 - 34.5
SLEEVE LENGTH
21
22
23 - 24
25 - 26
27 - 28
29 - 30
30 - 31
WAIST 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23 - 24 24.5 - 26 26.5 - 28 28.5 - 29.5
HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5 30 - 31.5 32 - 33.5
INSEAM 17.5 - 18 18.5 - 19 20 - 22 22.5 - 24.5 27.5 - 28.5 29 - 30 30 - 31.5
HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 42 43 - 46 46.5 - 49.5 50 - 53.5 54 - 57.5 58 - 62 62.5 - 65

 

  Girls Seamless Baselayers

All Measurements are in inches.

 SIZE XS/S (4 - 6) S/M (8 - 10) M/L (12 - 14)
CHEST 22 - 25.5 26 - 30 30.5 - 34.5
SLEEVE LENGTH
21 - 24
25 - 28
29 - 31
WAIST 21.5 - 23 23 - 26 26.5 - 29.5
HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29.5

30 - 33.5

INSEAM 17.5 - 22 22.5 - 28.5 29 - 31.5
HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 49.5 50 - 57.5 58 - 65

 

Boys Insulator and Outerwear Products

All Measurements are in inches.

SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
CHEST 22 - 23 23 - 24 24 - 25.5 25.5 - 27 27.5 - 29.5 30 - 32 32.5 - 34
SLEEVE LENGTH
21 22 23 - 24 25 - 26 27 - 28 29 - 30 30 - 31
WAIST 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5 29 - 30
HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 27.5 - 29 29.5 - 31 31.5 - 33
INSEAM 17.5 - 18 18.5 - 19 20 - 22 22.5 - 24.5 25.5 - 27 27.5 - 28.5 29 - 30
 HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 42 43 - 46 46.5 - 49.5 50 - 53.5 54 - 57.5 58 - 62 62.5 - 65

   

Boys Seamless Baselayers

All Measurements are in inches.

SIZE XS/S S/M M/L
CHEST 22 - 25.5 25.5 - 29.5 30 - 34
SLEEVE LENGTH
21 - 24 25 - 28 29 - 31
WAIST 21.5 - 23 23.5 - 26.5 27 - 30
HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29 29.5 - 33
INSEAM 17.5 - 22 22.5 - 27 27.5 - 30
HEIGHT RANGE 41 - 49.5 50 - 57.5 58 - 65