In the summer of 2013, Tecnica gathered several of the most experienced and well qualified bootfitters in North America. This group of foot gurus would become known as Project 165. The goal of that meeting was not to validate something that Tecnica had already crafted, but rather to start from scratch and build something from the ground up. A half a decade later, the fruits of their labor is Tecnica's return to being committed to great fit and performance specifically targeted to the end user. Thanks to the evolving P165 team, in cooperation with Tecnica's international product development team, the Tecnica Mach Volume story is the "Shape that Fits!!"
Project 165 has studied every detail of our boots during the development process, striving to create products that would be beloved by skiers and appreciated by bootfitters world wide. Tecnica is focused on great fit out of the box, but fully understand that people's feet often demand customization. That is why our boots are built for bootfitters as well -- with easy and effective customization options.
We asked P165 to share with us some recommendations for what you should be thinking about or asking when you go to your favorite store to purchase new ski boots. With decades upon decades of experience fitting skiers into boots, who would be better to ask?
"This may sound silly, but your favorite color, or trying to match a boot to your outfit, are not reasonable criteria for buying a boot. However, finding the old guy with a goggle tan is a very reasonable train of thought -- that dude will have the answers." -Hoffmann
"Find a reputable bootfitter and have an honest conversation with them. Discuss where you like to ski, how often you ski, your ability, your desire for progress, what has worked, what hasn't worked with ski boots. Go into your session with some time up your sleeve to ensure all areas of your skiing and bootiftting experience are covered and not rushed." -Tischendorf
"Be honest about your ability, how much time you're on snow, share accurate information about your expectations, aspirations and even physical conditions (things like diabetes, Reynauds, etc). Boot fitting must be an open dialogue." -Lawrence
"Bring your own socks, hopefully they are thin and well fitted and sized to your foot. If you don't have the right socks on, how can you feel if the boot feels close and consistent?" -Powell
"When trying on a new boot, it is normal to feel your toes in the front of the boot. Once the boot is buckled properly and you stand up and flex, your foot will move back into position and give your toes plenty of space." -Blaylock
"If you are not asked to take your shoes and socks off, you are not at the right shop -- walk out. If your salesperson is running around the shop selling jackets and then over to the demo bench to do this and that while fitting your boots, you are not at the right shop -- walk out." -Hoffmann
"We really only want your foot and your (single) sock in a ski boot. Always keep your long underwear up and out of the boot. Make the investment to 3/4 pants and some good quality, preferably thin, merino wool ski socks. This ensures you have full feeling of how the boot contacts not only your feet but lower leg as well. Initial fit and feel is so important and clothing seams and sock bulk is completely unnecessary." -Tischendorf
"Footbeds are a critical component in a proper fit. We are not trying to “up-sell” more product, this will change your ski experience for the better in every aspect." -Lawrence
"If you have to overtigthen the buckles of your boots, your boots are probably too big. The fit should feel like a secure handshake, not too firm but snug and secure." -Powell
"Ski boots these days come in a wide variety of shapes and widths like shoes. If you take a boot and flip it upside down you can see the pattern of the last shape. It is the job of the boot guy to look at your unique foot and guide you to some viable options that match that shape. Boots don't have to hurt and there are plenty of great boots out there. The bootfitter should educate you on what to look for and give you options that best suit what your fit and needs." -Blaylock
Corty Lawrence: Footloose Sports -- Mammoth Lakes, California Click Here for Facebook
Cameron Powell: Sporting Life, Inc -- Collingwood, Ontario Click Here for Facebook
Nicholas Blaylock: Mount Snow Boot Works -- West Dover, Vermont Click Here for Facebook
Greg Hoffmann: Ski Boot Fitting, Inc -- Vail / Beaver Creek, Colorado Click Here for Site
Sam Tischendorf: Bootdoctors -- Telluride, Colorado: Click Here for Site