Thank you for the reply.
My wife is 5'6" and 190-200 (she wont tell me!) Her foot size is 8 and we live in New Jersey. Most of the ridding she does will be here in upper NJ with (after a year of practice) the yearly 3 day trip to VT. She is not really too adventurous and id bet would never be going off anything bigger than a 1-2 jump (i doubt even that, but when u start thinking your good who knows!) and most likely wont adventure into powder or trees ever.
The problem is shopping around means nothing to me, because i dont know what i am looking at.
What about boots? Do they run true to size? Could one blindly order gear of the internet without trying stuff on? Im sure as far as the boots go i could like go to sports authority and have her put her feet in any k2 boot to see which one fits and then order online? Most likely the sizes run the same within a brand right?
Is fitting of the boot important? I know in skiing people get really crazy spending hours to get fitted into the right boot. Are snowboard boots like this, or because they are soft u can pretty much just pick out one that fits your foot?
Once again, thats for the reply and help!
Hi Joe, that is great info. Your wife is actually a tricky fit and she will get a lot of bad info from those who incorrectly use height (nose height, shoulder height, forehead height, etc) as a means to fit a snowboard. The discrepancy between her weight and her shoe size means that we need to chose carefully and cannot go with an already soft board like the K2 Moment, as it will effectively be WAY too soft for her weight, and this will be even more of an issue on NJ hardpack, as she will need to hold an edge.
Good online retailers have developed techniques that can help you find a perfect boot fit on the first try. Additionally, many boots now have heat moldable liners that allow for a custom fit with the use of a blow dryer. These can be used for minor corrections in shoe sizing. A good place to start:
Please measure her foot using this method:
Kick your heel (barefoot please, no socks) back against a wall. Mark the floor exactly at the tip of your toe (the one that sticks out furthest - which toe this is will vary by rider). Measure from the mark on the floor to the wall. That is your foot length and is the only measurement that you will want to use. Measure in centimeters if possible, but if not, take inches and multiply by 2.54 (example: an 11.25 inch foot x 2.54 = 28.57 centimeters).
I have some thoughts on some gear that will work well for your wife. Drop me a note and I will be happy to suggest.