So I bought my first board last night on impulse. It was a 152 cm brand new 09 Rome Agent for 300. I thought it was a good deal at the time but I am a beginner with 1 week of experience on a 142 cm board and a 7.5 shoe and I heard that it might be too aggressive for newbies so I am not so sure anymore. I'm not even 100% on the size either but I estimated that range from prior posts on the forum. My stats are as follows:
All mountain (Mainly freeride but I want to do jumps and basic tricks)
22 (If I do gain it will be < 5 lbs)
Las Vegas, NV (Mt. Charleston, Brian Head, Big Bear)
1 time but I have skied several times before
However, my problem now is that I cannot find boots for my foot size. One of the shop guys at McGhie's
measured my foot to be a 6 and I normally wear size 7-7 1/2 for shoes. However, all of the six boots I have tried were size 7 and I have not had a problem with my heel raising and my toes would be next to the tip of the shoe so I do not know what is up with that.
I have been to major sporting good stores like Sport Chalet, Dicks Sporting Goods, REI, and Sports Authority as well as snowboarding stores in the area like McGhie's
and "Powder and Sun.
" The only size 7 shoes I could find were the cheaper pairs like Ride Orion M, Burton Tribute, Salomon Solace, 32 Prion, and 32 Exus. I'm willing to purchase boots that cost up to 300 but other than through the internet, I have no clue on how I could do that. If there was a store within 100 miles of me that was sure to have several size 7 shoes to choose from I would definitely go there but I don't want to waste gas money going to stores only to find out they serve everyone but adult males with small feet.
I'm thinking of just buying one of the entry level pairs I tried on at a shop and having them heat molded. The 32 Prions were the most comfortable and did not cause any pain except for my front toes banging into the front whenever I would walk (but were fine when I stood or flexed my knees). However, there are just so many other boots out there I haven't tried so I am not sure if this is a good idea.
So what should I do? Should I buy women's boots (tried one at size 7 and it hurt bad)? Should I buy the 32 Prions? Should I buy online and hopefully return it if it does not fit? Any advice would be really appreciated, thanks.