If someone were to suggest that the world’s best Formula One drivers could compete and win in a car with an untuned suspension, loose, unpredictable steering, worn out shocks and wheels that came off in the corners, they would be laughed at and ridiculed. If they were to suggest that a driver could overcome problems of this nature with their car with mental toughness and superior physical conditioning, their mental state and competence would come under intense scrutiny. Yet, there seems to be a common perception that ski racing is somehow different. It isn’t. As I pointed out in my post, DOT 13: INNATE FLOW BALANCE (https://skimoves.me/2014/12/04/dot-13-innate-flow-balance/ ), the human brain can process 11 million bits of information a second at a subconscious level. In observing video of Julia Mancuso and on the Vail downhill course, it is readily apparent to me that her brain is preoccupied with survival, not winning. If Julia Mancuso were racing Formula One in a competitive car, her driving skills would determine the outcome of a race. There is no acceptable reason why skiing should be different.


  1. The problem isn’t just limited to ski boots. There should be a law against 90% of all footwear. I’ll stick to just one instance here though; most steel toed work shoes have a ‘ramp’ and/or the heel at an angle rather than positioning the the forefoot and heel parallel to the ground. This causes the pelvis to ‘twist’ which in turn puts extra stress on the spine. All the heavy laborers that need a steel toe shoe are stuck lifting etc. from an anatomically compromised position so small wonder there are so many back injuries. If you want to argue this point, find a wedge or set up a thin board at an angle, place just your heels on it and feel the results.

  2. David,

    I am a new member of your blog and have been trying to catch up with many of your old posts. You seem to be quite critical of many of today’s ski boots. So far I have not seen any references to boots that better provide the benefits you are looking for.


    1. I ski in a Head World Cup model that is at least 10 years old, maybe older. My wife is skiing in a Head model only slightly newer. It took me at least 35 hours to make them skiable for her. I had to throw the Head liner away and use a soft Lange Tricot liner that I got from race stock. Last year I contemplated setting up a new Lange for her. After taking a good look at a model similar to what she had skied in decades ago I quickly got the idea out of my head. It seems that when scientists and others tell the boot makers what not to do such as several prominent sports scientists did in the book The Shoe in Sport published in German in 1987 (almost 30 years ago) the industry takes this as a cue to do the exact opposite. If anything, ski boot designs today seem to be gathering momentum in the wrong direction. I would hours just trying to find a boot I could use for raw material. Fortunately for racers, some boot makers have a good stock of old race boots.

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