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Old 02-24-2009, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting boots for my wife for her birthday. She's been boarding on and off for about 10 years. She's late 30's, likes to just cruise-- no jumps, definitely no moguls, no park. We're in So Cal, so mostly riding at Big Bear and Mammoth. She's tried a lot of boots on-- the most comfortable for her are the Burton Lodi. These boots are apparently a little more on the flexible side than she would necessarily want for just carving turns down the mountain all day, but they feel the best on her feet. So, here's my question: Which is more important-- the fit of the boot or having a boot that's the right stiffness for the kind of riding she does? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why would she need a boot any stiffer? Even the softest park boots can easily handle smooth cruising on flat terrain which takes no effort really.
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That's sort of my question. Does she need a stiffer boot? I should add that she doesn't stay only on the flats. She definitely will go down steep stuff if others are doing it. I'm assuming that a stiffer boot will help her have more control for that, but is it a major difference? I am somewhat clueless about all this as I'm a skier.
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I guess i'm not really following. Steep blacks get moguled out if there is no new snow, and since she doesn't do moguls that is out, and if its covered in powder, then its not really hard to turn down. I think it should be fine. Does she not fit in any of the other burton boots? They should all have similar fit
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She tried a bunch of ride and salomon boots-- salomon ivy and kiana were close, but not as good a fit as the lodi-- I think the shops were out of her size in other burtons. As far as moguls go-- I should clarify-- she doesn't enjoy them, but she ends up on trails with them frequently enough that it would be something to consider.
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If those Burton Lodi's fit, then it's fine. Unless she has a stiff binding/board setup, it should be okay. Rather have a well-fitting pair of boots than a stiff pair of boots that'll have her sitting at the chalet after only 2 hours.
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