I started telemark skiing in 1994 and can clearly remember the early rudimentary gear. Things have changed dramatically since then, but there's one piece of advice that remains true...
In his exceptional book "Free Heel Skiing" Paul Parker advises spending as much as you can afford on telemark boots - "sore feet is miserable skiing". I learnt that lesson early when I bought my first pair of tele boots - they were ankle high leather lace ups and not only did they allow me little control but my feet froze and toes bruised. Three weeks later I bought some cutting edge plastic Scarpa T1's. At the time they were the most expensive boot on the market, I never regretted one penny of it. Not only did they vastly improve my ability and therefore enjoyment but they lasted 12 seasons! I buried them in 2012.
Nicko and I have huge experience working daily for over ten years in both Alpine and Tele Boots, but I've still made some bad boot choices, each error lasts at least a season so you've got to get it right. Below is a list of fool proof advice to help you make the right tele kit choice.
Check the Tele Tracks ski reviews for some independent advice on a range of brands, if you've got any feedback or have any kit you'd like to review, give us a shout! We'd love to hear from you...
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