Getting the right fit when purchasing snowboarding boots…
Do your homework, spend some time reading magazines
and researching on the internet so that you have a
good idea of what you are looking to purchase.
If possible go to s snowboard specialty shop.
They will have a better selection and knowledgeable
salespeople. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Bring the socks you'll be wearing on the slopes when
you try on the boots.
Just like street shoes, snowboard boots come in
different widths and fit certain foot shapes better
than others. You need to try on a variety of
different style boots with different lacing systems
to see which boots suits your foot best. Just
make sure they are compatible with the binding
system on your board.
Always try on both boots, laced up at the store.
Walk, jump, run, move in the boots. Pay
attention to how they feel. Understand that
the key elements of snowboard boots are comfort,
mobility and support. While standing, flex
forward to determine if the boots' flex is
appropriate. The boot with the proper flex for you
will offer some resistance, but not so much that it
prevents any movement. Next, from a
seated position, raise your foot off the ground and
flex your ankle. If you are unable to do this, the
boot is too stiff and will impede your progress so
look for something softer in this case. Does
your foot pull up at the heel? Do you feel any
should feel snug, with your toes close to the end of
the boot and your heel fixed in place when your
knees are bent.
The boots must
feel comfortable because if the boots aren't
comfortable in the store, they won't be comfortable
on the slopes.
specially made women's boots that account for
women's slimmer legs and different foot sizes.
liners are a must. Without them, you'll be putting
on cold wet boots on your second day of riding.
Some boots have a heat-moldable liner that offers a custom fit after
heating with a hair dryer.