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    May 25, 2016 2 min read

    Snowboard Boot Flex Guide

    Finding the right boot often makes the difference between the most epic day ever and the worst day of your snowboarding career. Many things can determine the right boot for you, and one of the most important things to consider is boot flex. Snowboard boot companies now make boots so comfortable that choosing between certain features is hard. Here is a quick guide to snowboard boot flex and how to work out the right flex for you.

    Snowboard Boot Flex and Support

    Snowboard Boot Flex

    Snowboard boots will differ in price because of the range of features and quality of products used to make them. Arguably the most significant price difference will be based on the flex and how supportive a specific snowboard boot is. Some snowboard boots can feel soft like a noodle, providing the rider more comfort but not much support. In comparison, other snowboard boots can feel stiff and give more support. Snowboard boot flex generally references the boot's forward flex – how easy it is to push your knee over your toes while leaning forward. The stiffer the boot, the less work you have to do to get the same amount of response compared to a softer flexing boot.

    Stiff Flexing Snowboard Boots

    Stiff snowboard boots are best suited to riders who want the maximum response they can get due to how they snowboard. Big Mountain riders, freeride enthusiasts, powder hounds; you’ll want to look for stiffer flexing boots. They are generally not suitable for beginner snowboarders as they are highly responsive and can delay your progression. If you do have any foot or ankle issues, though, stiffer boots can really help with keeping you supported and locked in.

    Medium Flexing Snowboard Boots

    Medium flex snowboard boots are the best of both worlds; supportive yet comfortable. The jack of all trades – they’re made so you can hit all parts of the mountain whenever you want. Start the morning off charging down the corduroy groomers, move into the trees over lunchtime and then hit the park at the end of the day. Medium flex snowboard boots often have a decent amount of support but also focus on comfort.

    Soft Flexing Snowboard Boots

    Soft flexing snowboard boots are the sneaker of the snowboard boot world. Soft and flexible, giving enough cushioning for park rats when jibbing and playing around, but also comfortable enough for beginners or those who want a focus on comfort rather than performance. They are not very responsive, so if you’re looking to charge a little faster and progress a little further, look for something slightly stiffer.

    All Auski stores have experienced boot fitters on staff that can help you find and fit the right snowboard boot. We also put together a guide How To Choose Snowboard Boots that can help those shopping online for snowboard boots.

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