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Old 11-29-2009, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Large beginner women/men's boots...


My girlfriend is looking to start snowboarding so we're trying to get her outfitted with some essentials. She's borrowing a board and bindings (don't know brand or model off hand), but we're looking at buying boots. She wears a size 12 in women's which seems to be scarce for women's boots. That being the case we'll most likely need to go with men's boots I'd assume.

Any recommendations on boots that would be good for a beginning woman? Anything to specifically avoid? We found a good deal on some Salomon Synapse boots on CL, but I'm concerned that since they're a 'higher end' boot they may be 'too' stiff-- thoughts?

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Old 11-29-2009, 01:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Stiffness has little to do with how high or low end the boot is, it's a function of application.

She'll almost definitely need a men's boot.

And the advice is always the same: Go to an actual shop with a big selection and try on as many as you can. Bring a book, keep each pair on for at least 20-30 minutes while you walk around the store or browse the merchandise - but stay on your feet.

Thank the store for their patience and help by actually buying the boot that is the most comfortable from them.
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You forgot to tell them to balance from heel edge to toe edge. That way you get an idea of how it will feel when you initiate turns. Additionally, you'll want to put on some snowboard socks or at least thicker regular ones. The boots should fit snug the first time around. You'll be tempted to move up a size because of this, but as long as your feet aren't turning blue, stick to the regular size. The boots will stretch as you wear them.

Things to avoid:

Non-BOA quick lace systems. Even with BOA, make sure they are no older than 2 years.

Anything by Lamar - Yea, your girl will think it is cute, but cute doesn't matter when it comes to performance

P.S. Size 12 for women is definitely scarce. Gonna have to get a men's I'm sure.
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