Originally Posted by boarderaholic
Take two, hopefully, this thread doesn't go down south like your other one.
shut it you slag!
hey ho..... for sideways sliding (doesn't that feel better than saying 'boading'?
i find that boot size is the same as for regular street shoes..... but with manufacturers doing 'their own thing' these days, nothing beats trying before buying
! because of all the padding and insulation and what not in such boots, it is best to err on the side of new booties being too tight, coz they will pack in and bed down more as you wear them. but then you can just tighten the laces more..... so meh. (cue complaints from hardcore bootie geeks!)
for learners tho, i think this is a lesser concern. when starting out, the general theme is to go 'soft' (rather than stiff) in board, boot and binders. this allows you to move about when strapped on and sliding, without it causing a wipe out. your kit is 'more forgiving'
of course as you get more confident and you really know what you wanna do, you will appreciate the immediate effect of being able to think 'i wanna turn there', you move and then you do it. a softer flex allows you wobbles etc to be absorbed by your kit, rather than translating into smoething that causes you to catch and edge and crash. plus, softer stuff generally feels more comfortable as it better moulds to your foot's lumps and curves etc.....
considering (my opinion) that soft stuff will be as good a starting point as any, you will find many starter packs being offered, which will help reduce the cost. of course if you are checking out sites like this and magazines etc, you will learn which brands are kewl etc and so this will help you justify higher than bargain basement spending.
the one point i would hope for you to appreciate, is this sport
is special for the individuality it offers (which is ironic when you see brands trying to make everyone look identical!) both in expression of image but also how you ride. you will find your own way and hopefully you will love every damn second of it.