SNOWBOARD BOOT BUYING GUIDE
Ready to shred in brand-new boots? Here's everything you need to know to choose your perfect pair of snowboard boots.
Snowboard boots should be tightly-fitting around your foot but not causing pain; remember, most snowboard boots will soften after a couple of days' riding. When trying on snowboad boots always wear the socks you're going to be wearing on the slopes to get the best fit, and remember to check that your chosen boots are compatible with your snowboard.
When standing, your toes should feel the end of the boot but not hit it, and you should have space to gently move your toes. Your heels should remain in place when you bend.
Visit us in-store for a boot fitting with our experts. We'll help you find the right boots to shred in and fit them to you, and create custom footbeds for ultimate comfort and control. Don't forget to pick up technical snowboarding socks, too, and gear up for the ride of your life.
Unlike ski boots, snowboard boots use traditional UK, US and EU shoe sizing. As with normal shoes, sizes can vary between brands, but choosing your usual shoe size is a good starting point.
Snowboard boot flex is generally rated from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest. Your ideal boot fit will depend on preference, but generally, beginners go for softer flex while advance all-mountain or backcountry riders prefer a stiffer flex.
There are three main types of lacing system:
- Traditional lacing offer the best personalised fit as you can tighten the right areas by hand; however, they can loosen during the day and aren't easy to use when wearing gloves.
- Quick-pull lacings are faster than traditional laces, and feature zonal lacing to tighten the forefoot and ankle independently, but many boarders prefer the full control that lacing gives you.
- BOA lacing sustems offer a fast, easy, micro-adjustable fit using a ratcheting dial and cable. BOA is easy to use with gloves, can be done with one hand, and often features zonal tightening in double or even triple systems.
Snowboard boots are usually lined with a lightweight, mouldable material for a custom fit. The liner provides cushioning, stability and insulation for all-day comfort on the mountain. Look for removable liners which can be taken out to dry overnight.
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