Should You Rent or Buy Ski Gear? - FITS®

December 13, 2019

Ski season is well underway and, whether you’re a season regular or just getting into the sport, you may find be asking the same question: should I buy or rent my gear?

Skiing is already a hobby with a fairly big price tag, so it’s important to know how to get the most bang for your buck. However, the decision to rent or buy your skis and boots is far from straightforward. There are pros and cons to both approaches, so we’ve broken down a few additional details you should consider.

Let’s talk boots.

For first time skiers, renting boots makes sense. After all, you need to make sure skiing is something you enjoy before you make any bigger purchases. However, if you’re someone who enjoys skiing on regular (or even just yearly) basis, buying your own boots is the right choice.

Consider this: a well-fitting boot can make or break your skiing trip. Even lodge rental boots in your correct size can have uncomfortable variables. Since they’re designed to fit “any” foot, they’re more likely to be wide and deep. Plus, with overuse, rental boots may wear out long before they’re actually replaced, so you run the risk of renting a boot without adequate support. At best, this will make skiing less than pleasant. At worse, it could lead to an injury.

In this case, visiting a ski shop and getting properly fitted for boots is a good investment.

What about skis?

Now, when it comes to whether you should buy or rent skis, the answer gets a little more complicated. Here are a few factors to consider:

  1. How often will you be skiing every season? If you’re a casual skier who typically manages one to two trips each year, renting is likely in your best interest. That way, you don’t have to worry about transport or maintenance, plus you can try out the latest model every time you hit the slopes.
  2. How far do you have to travel to ski? If there’s a plane involved, you’ll need to take transportation difficulties into account.
  3. How serious of a skier are you? If skiing is more than a hobby for you — or if it’s a hobby you take really seriously — than owning skis that you can get to “know” and feel extra comfortable on is important.

Regardless of what you decide, we’re wishing you great conditions this ski season. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to hit the slopes!


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Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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