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Online boot buying advice

I live in New Orleans and neither of our non-big-box sports stores sell any sort of snow gear. I go to Colorado a week or more every year and am getting my own complete setup. I'm starting with boots as per the recommendations from this forum and wanted to know if anyone had advice for getting boots online? My ride style is more all mountain and park so I'm thinking something soft to medium. I'm size 11.5 or so.
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1. Go to travelocity
2. Say hello to the Roaming Gnome
3. Book trip to whatever Colorado destination you might like
4. Wait till appropriate time for trip.
5. Go on trip and arrive in CO (Sure there's a few steps I'm missing here)
6. Upon check-in to whatever beautiful snow covered town you are at be sure to ask the concierge to recommend a good local shop to get snowboard boots.
7. Go to said shop and try on a few, listen to the sales person, give them feedback, have an open dialog, and then...
8. Purchase the boots in person
9. Be happy
10. Masturbate
11. Snowboard.

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Forgot to mention I'd like to have everything before I go out there so I don't have to spend the first day hunting around for gear and paying small town co ski shop during the busy season prices. I know a dedicated ski shop is ideal but just not practical for me.
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I will say this and say this once and how you take it in is all on you. Your boots are the single most important piece of equipment you will ever own in snowboarding. A bad binding might suck for a day or two but it won't ruin your vacation. A bad board it's the same thing, but you can still ride it. You can ride a combo of both that suck. BUT boots are the one piece of equipment you don't EVER FUCK WITH. Go to a shop and say who gives a fuck about price, taxes, or time. This is the one piece of equipment that is an investment to your future happiness. Do it right and you'll be stoked, do it wrong like buying from the Internet and you will hate your life.

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I will say this and say this once and how you take it in is all on you. Your boots are the single most important piece of equipment you will ever own in snowboarding. A bad binding might suck for a day or two but it won't ruin your vacation. A bad board it's the same thing, but you can still ride it. You can ride a combo of both that suck. BUT boots are the one piece of equipment you don't EVER FUCK WITH. Go to a shop and say who gives a fuck about price, taxes, or time. This is the one piece of equipment that is an investment to your future happiness. Do it right and you'll be stoked, do it wrong like buying from the Internet and you will hate your life.
ALL HAIL BA! cannot stress this enough. i just laugh at all the dickheads that come in to the shop i work at with the line "i bought these online and they dont fit well...". plain and simple, you said it yourself, they dont fit. we dont fix that.
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The above advice here is hit or miss. The guys at the shop will most likely assume you're some gaper from New Orleans and not give two shits. You're probably better off going on Zappos and buying 10 pairs and return the ones that don't fit. Incase you don't know, Zappos does free returns.

EDIT: Make sure you order 9's and 10's as well as 11's in the boots you think you want... Trust me...

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The above advice here is hit or miss. The guys at the shop will most likely assume you're some gaper from New Orleans and not give two shits. You're probably better off going on Zappos and buying 10 pairs and return the ones that don't fit. Incase you don't know, Zappos does free returns.

EDIT: Make sure you order 9's and 10's as well as 11's in the boots you think you want... Trust me...
I've got to agree with BA's advice. Note, BA said to ask the Concierge the address of a good shop to make the purchase at.

BTW, I know some hipsters who know it all and did what you suggested. One of them purchased a K2 Dual BOA boot and talked how great it felt, saying things like "They are so much better than his Ski boots." Two hours after wearing them, he was crying about how much his feet hurt while standing in line for the lift.
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The couple of hours that you'll spend tryin on boots will be worth every minute that's spent in them on the hill!!!!!

Don't go on colour, don't go on brand!!!!!

Just know what "Flex" and "Fit" you're after!!!!!

Do ya lay on a mattress before ya buy it, do ya at least sit in a car before ya drive off with it, do ya walk through a house before ya go and get a mortgage?????

Boots are just one of these things that's best done right the first time!!!!!

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How important is it that the boots be matched to the bindings? Maybe I should just get a board and bindings and get boots at a shop.
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The above advice here is hit or miss. The guys at the shop will most likely assume you're some gaper from New Orleans and not give two shits. You're probably better off going on Zappos and buying 10 pairs and return the ones that don't fit. Incase you don't know, Zappos does free returns.

EDIT: Make sure you order 9's and 10's as well as 11's in the boots you think you want... Trust me...

What if he's a half size?????

Does the site tell you if they're wide/narrow, what flex pattern?????
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