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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-13-2014, 08:30 AM
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Boots pack out, and sizing is really hard to get right unless you have a really good boot technician, which, as you are probably in the UK is not so easy to find...

I went through about 5 pairs of boots before i found a size and make that suited me, and that ended up being a Vans Aura UK8, but after about 35/40 days i start getting heal lift... Now i always buy 2 pairs a season, with the 2nd pair being a 7.5UK for the simple reason that later in the season as it warms up i wear normal socks, and as such the boot is looser...

I now have moved away from the Vans and had 2 pairs of Burton IONS for the past season, again UK 7.5 and UK 8, had NO problem with heal lift even at 55 days, was really impressed how they lasted, still look brand new, so much so, that i have bought 2 more pairs of 2014 boots for next season in the sales...

We have a ski/snowboard sale here in Norway where i live in November, and i used to put my Vans in there, and as things are much higher in price here and i have always bought in the UK, i always ended up only losing about 10 a pair on selling the boots, which made it worthwhile changing regularly, the IONS are slightly different, as i actually managed to buy here in Norway for less than i could get anywhere else, including the USA, i paid 1449kr each for the last 2 pairs or $241 / 142 Which was an awesome price, i fully expect to get more than that for the old ones when i sell them...

My point being, try on LOTS of different boots, preferably in a store, a specialist store... You will find something in the end that suits you...

The other thing is, with a lot of the new lacing systems like the Auras and the Ions, you have dual lacing, meaning you can do the top tight while leaving the bottom loose... And the inner, while i do do up, i don't have tight, as that can cause restriction of blood flow... It is probably better to not over tighten them that is for sure...

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