Boots for a Newbie... help
Hi guys, after my 5th time doing snowboard I felt in love for it, and now I'll invest some cash on it.
I'll probably get a Gnu Carbon Credit BTX 159 , but I want to decide the boots
So, I'm trying to find some below $180, what do you guys suggest?
At rentals I rented, 2 soft and 3 medium, and I preferred the medium flex.
I'm 6.3 - 200lbs
If you have some specific fit issues, i.e. wide foot, high arch, narrow heel etc. We can usually point you towards brands that generally accommodate such boot fit issues, but that is still no guarantee that you will find any of those to be comfortable!
The best and most often quoted advice given here is,... "Try on as many different brands, pairs, styles as you possibly can before making a decision!" Boots are a Way more important consideration in the beginning than what board you get! Comfy feet keep you riding longer, progressing quicker! ;)
You do have one advantage right now in that you seem to already know what you want in the way of flex & feel for your boots. A lot of us didn't even have a clue about that when we first started looking!
try on as many boots as you can and then get the most comfy ones.
remember softer boots will feel a little more comfy at first but at your size you could use the support of something mid-stiffer.
boots are the most important piece of gear, they determine both comfort and control. shopping for discounts is cool with boards and bindings but be prepared to buy new and spend on boots.
some people like my buddy who I ride with and TT don't mind used boots. I got 2 problems with that:
1. fucking gross
2. body heat has already somewhat molded that boot to someone elses foot, yea they can be re-molded, fuck all that, get your own pair of boots, its why you decided to stop renting, right?
3. fucking gross, no thanks, not ever
I just bought my second pair of boots after my first pair packed out very quickly and became sloppy (bought them too big). As others have said above, try on as many boots as possible and go with the one that feels the best.
Before deciding on my new boots (Ride Hi-Phy) I tried on over 12 boots from 5 manufacturers. I would try on the same boot in different sizes, different styles from each brand, and even different lacing styles. It took a lot of time and energy but it was worth it. It was amazing to me that boots from the same company with similar features would fit so differently. If you want a summary of my findings I can provide them but remember that your feet are unique.
One other piece of advice, if you are going to buy aftermarket insoles, make sure you try on the boots with them. They can completely change the fit of a boot.
blackbeard: Where do you find boots in NYC? I'm at NYC too, but I only found Burton and Vocom...
Burton store in Soho for Burton boots
Paragon Sports, but they seemed to be running low in sizes
REI in Soho didn't have a lot of selection, but you can order them online and have them shipped to the store for free, and then try them all on and keep or return whichever you want
Zappos is also great since they do free shipping both ways (delivery and returns).
You could also try Emilios in Queens and Panda Sports in Brooklyn. If you live in Manhattan those can be a pain to get to.
NYC really doesn't have the best selection. Paragon salespeople seem to care too much about making a sale and putting their stickers on your item for the cashier to register their commission, and REI has very limited stock as blackbeard said (i think they had just Burton and one other brand when I was there), even though their new store is humongous.
What I actually did was to order about 10 different pairs of boots from Zappos, Evo and Dogfunk and see which one I liked best. I had to pay $14 return shipping ($7 for df and evo respectively), but I got to try on a wider range of last season's boots than Emilio's or Panda would carry, and got to walk around as long as I liked to see if the boot fitted me. I also saved $5 in Metrocard swipes :D
For your first boots it is a tough trade off. You want to get something decent but you probably aren't going to get it right the first time. Comfort is key and also shopping towards the end of the season can help you score a better deal as shops are generally trying to get rid of inventory.
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