Originally Posted by Texan
Hey all! I'm from Texas and love riding. As I am 40 years old, I am not in the group of riding rails, riding the super pipe, but I have not lost my love of being on the snow, and riding as fast as I can.
As I only have 5 years of riding, I do have my own gear. I ride a Never Summer Legacy board with Burton Mission bindings. I am looking to upgrade my boots and bindings either this year or next, but am interested in looking at what might be best, and not what the board shop would offer due to being on sale...
Thanks for allowing more "seasoned" riders to join the discussion!
I would say it is definitely good to spend more money on your boots. How many times have you complained about your boots being uncomfortable or your feet being cold compared to the number of complaints you give to your board or bindings? If you're focused on how uncomfortable your feet are then you can't focus on the joys of snowboarding. I would recommend just going to a shop and trying on every brand of boot they have. Don't worry about brand name, just find the boot that is the most comfortable for YOUR foot. If your foot aches or has pressure points after only a few minutes, just think how bad that will be after a couple of hours! Since it sounds like you like to go fast, I would recommend a good stiff boot. If you want a softer boot then make sure to get a stiff binding to help with stability at higher speeds. Also, if you DO want to factor in brand, think about this- Who would you think makes a better boot? A shoe company like Nike, DC, or Vans who also makes snowboarding boots; or a snowboard company whose main purpose is building snowboards and bindings with boots almost as an afterthought? But try on a ton of them and pick what fits YOU the best.
Happy feet=happy day on the snow