Solutions4Feet and the Art of Boot Fitting: A Conversation with Colin Martin
In the world of skiing, finding the perfect fit for your boots can be as challenging as mastering expert terrain. Enter Colin Martin and his ski shop, Solutions4Feet, who have been mastering this art for more than three decades.
The 2023 Blister Summit: ZipFit's Recap
(Feb. 18, 2023) Over the last two decades, Blister Magazine has endorsed ZipFit on podcasts, with “best of” awards, and through endless comment threads. This year, we decided to go visit Blister at their headquarters in Crested Butte for their annual festival of skiing, the Blister Summit.
Out of Bounds Podcast - ZipFit and Foot Stuff
(Feb. 6, 2023) Jeff gives us the low down on what ZipFit is, and who benefits from it. They are not you’re your run of the mill ski boot liner, it’s a revolutionary update and approach to the shells inner boot. He and Adam get into all of the details, and specs that make this product a perfect fit for pretty much every type of skier out there. They also discuss ZipFits new partnership with Fischer, how it came about, and what’s on the horizon for the future.
Take a listen to the full episode here.
(Feb. 1, 2023) It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to skier Kyle Smaine, who tragically lost his life on January 29, 2023, in an avalanche in Japan. Smaine was our favorite skier. Outright, bar none. Our favorite skier to ski with, to watch ski, and to push the envelope of the sport. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those who knew him, including our team at ZipFit. Below are some amazing photos from his close friend Brian Walker. We wanted to share these because they make us smile, cry, and appreciate.
Shop Profile: Powder 7 in Golden, CO
(Jan. 4, 2023) Early on in our roles with ZipFit, we received a DM from a skier and boot fitter named Annabelle Cooper. Annabelle reached out as she already skied in ZipFits and found them to be a huge help in her skiing ability. She wanted to see what she could do to help more skiers land in ZipFit liners. A couple seasons later and Powder7 is one of the leading boot fitters in Colorado.
Big Picture Skiing Podcast with Tom Gellie
(Dec. 9, 2022) Custom Ski Boot Liners - ZipFit with Jeff Colt
Tom’s description of the conversation:
In this chat with design and brand manager Jeff Colt we get into the interesting topic of ski boot liners and how that component of your boot fit can truly make a difference to your comfort and performance on snow. Jeff gives us some history on the company and the man Sven Coomer who designed not only the ZipFit liner range but was an integral part of the development of ski boots as a whole.
National Sven Coomer Day - The Official Start of Winter
(Oct. 12, 2022)
Each summer we debate the official start of winter. Is it the first snowfall? Is it when the Blister Winter Buyer's Guide comes in the mail? Is it when skiers start reaching out about ZipFits and our phone starts ringing with more frequency?
Wildsnow Reviews the GFT -- "ZipFit GFT Touring Liner Review"
(Oct. 10th, 2022)
Wildsnow.com — one of the most trusted and longest running blogs dedicated to backcountry ski touring published the following review on the GFT touring liner. The ski boot liners were tested by Gavin Hess, a mountain guide and gear fanatic based in Jackson, WY.
ZipFit // SnowBrains - Sasha Dingle Gives an Insider’s Look at “Nexus”
(Apr. 21, 2022)
Brought to you by ZipFit
Sasha Dingle Gives an Insider’s Look at “Nexus,” an All-Women’s Action Sports Film Premiering Fall 2022. Check out the original story here or read on below. Interview coordinated by ZipFit and SnowBrains.
ZipFit // SnowBrains - The ZipFit GFT Ski Boot Touring Liner: No Pain All Performance
(Mar. 23, 2022)
ZipFit worked with the team at SnowBrains to offer a behind the scenes look at the athlete inspired GFT touring liner. Dan Corn and Max Hammer share their insights around ski touring and why the GFT was needed to provide a liner that offered superior downhill performance in touring boots. Check out the original story here or read on below. Words by Greg Obernesser.
ZipFit // SnowBrains - The Pro's Choice for Ski Boot Liners
(Feb. 10, 2022)
ZipFit worked with the team at SnowBrains to share the stories of different ski professionals using ZipFit ski boot liners. Check out the original story here or read on below. Words by Katy Shipley.
ZipFit Athlete Hut Trip 2022
(Feb. 5, 2022)
ZipFit invited 10 athletes to gather in our home range, the Elk Mountains for a couple nights of merriment and a couple days of skiing high alpine terrain. In 2020, ZipFit established brand values to guide our business practices: Build the best product, Foster community, Keep Winter Alive. These tenets help guide our decision making (and Sven’s design helped a lot with the first one) and led us to developing an athlete team that we wanted to have connections with and create connections within. Queue the idea of an athlete summit at Lindley Hut.
Ski Magazine Visited Sven Coomer to Share His Story and Learn About Ski Boots
(Nov. 3, 2021)
”Coomer’s impact goes well beyond general ski boot design. He also helped innovate injection systems and became a master boot fitter, passionate about the role liners and footbeds play in skiers’ performance. As time went on however, Coomer became less enchanted by silicon or foam injection liners due to the inherent chemicals involved, which he felt were very toxic for the environment and people.
Gara LV Named Editor's Pick by Newschoolers
”The high price tag of these liners comes with a high level of craftsmanship, materials and customization. For any serious skier that wants to achieve better fitting boots and have their equipment last many seasons, these liners are worth looking into. They will not make your boot that is 2 sizes too big suddenly fit like a custom ground plug race boot, but they will take a boot that is already the right size and has a good footbed in it to the next level. For those looking to eek the last 10 percent of performance out of their boots, these are well worth it. They should also outlast multiple boot shells.”
Sarah Hoefflin, Skier of the Year
(Dec. 21, 2021) The French-based, Swiss freestyle skier had a standout year in 2021. Not only did Sarah land on a number of world cup podiums, star in the Faction Collective film Roots, and release her own street edit “Moitié, Moitié,” she also rose to the calling of being a role model for younger women in freestyle skiing.
Alex Hackel, Family Loyalty
(Dec. 3, 2021)
ZipFit is proud to announce our partnership with Alex Hackel. While much of the freestyle skiing world learned about ZipFit in the last year, Alex learned about ZipFits close to a decade ago from his parents, both of whom ski in ZipFit liners. Alex’s dad was known to rave about how much he liked his ZipFits, but Alex was still growing and his folks wouldn’t get him a pair that he was going to grow out of.
Spring Skiing in the Braun Huts
On March 23rd, a group of seven of us met up in Ashcroft, CO – the launch point for the Braun Huts system. Late March in Colorado is typically when the higher summits and bigger lines begin to open up.
ZipFit Partners With 1% for the Planet and Protect Our Winters
Aspen, Colo (Sept. 30 2021) – ZipFit Liners have long stood for quality and durability. As a brand, we turn our backs on planned obsolescence and aim to make liners that last so long, they lessen our community’s collective impact on the planet. We are proud to take our commitment to winter one step further by partnering with world class nonprofits 1% for the Planet and Protect Our Winters.
Blister Review 1 Ski-Boot Quiver: Reviewer Selections
ZipFit discussed by Kara Williard
1-Ski-Boot Quiver: Reviewer Selections (20/21)