Buying snowboard boots can be a daunting task, let alone purchasing them online. So to help you out, we’ve enlisted our expert boot fitters to hand over some tips for when you’re searching for your first or next pair of boots!
Snowboard boots are the most important thing in your set-up. They’re like tyres on a car; they directly match you with your board and all of your control comes from them. I know you want the ones that look the best with your outfit, but it’s all about fit!
Firstly, thinking about boot sizing and length, it’s a good idea to have a think about what shoe size you normally wear. Most people actually wear shoes that are at least ½ size bigger than they should. Let’s say you wear a size US 9; Can you feel the end of your shoe when you stand up nice and tall? If not, you might want to size down a half size. If you can feel the end, stick to a US 9 in a boot and you should be good to go. If you’re unsure, we always measure your foot in-store as the first port of call.
New snowboard boots will be like nothing you’ve ever put on your foot before. They’re an odd shape, they’re stiff and definitely not as comfortable as a sneaker. Generally they take about 10 days of riding to wear in properly, and can be heat moulded to give you a head start, so don’t worry if they fit pretty snuggly that’s what we want! Just think of it like a second sock – a good even pressure the whole way from your shin and calf to your toes.
Secondly, when it comes to your toes, we want you to be able to feel the end. When you stand up straight, you should be able to brush the end of the boot reasonable well, but not to the point that your toes are jammed up the front. When you then bend your knees over your toes to try and flex the boot forward, your foot should move back into the heel cup of the boot to create some extra room at the end of the boot. Keep in mind though, we still want you to be able to lightly brush the end. This is to ensure that when the boot does wear in, you’re not going to start swimming around and losing responsiveness!
Lastly and arguably most importantly, is making sure that you don’t have any heel lift. The ankle area of a boot is where you gain all of your control and response over a board, and should be where most of your focus is when choosing a boot. To test how a boot holds your ankle down, flex into the boot, lean as much of your body weight as you can on your shins to flex the boot and raise your heels of the ground. Ideally, you shouldn’t feel your ankle, heel or any part of your foot move around in the boot.
Ladies, although it might be tempting to move into the men’s range of boots, female-specific boots are designed specifically to fit female feet and calves. Women’s calves sit lower on the leg than men’s, and therefore the rise of female boots are slightly shorter and more comfortable to alleviate calf and shin bite.
Here in store, we’ve got incredibly experienced ski and snowboard boot fitters with top end expertise and knowledge in technical adjustments. Whether you bought your boots from us or not, if you’re having trouble fitting them or you’re unsure if they’re the ones for you, bring them in and we’ll take a look.
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