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Old 08-11-2014, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Online boot shopping is generally regarded as a last resort, but..

I live in Atlanta, so there are a few board shops, but demand is much lower around here, as you can imagine, compared to a city like Denver, etc. So it would make sense to keep inventory lower, and the first place you are going to cut is the stuff that doesn't sell, e.g. size 14 boots.

With a smaller size boot, best bet would be to plan extra time on a trip out west and spend the day trying on boots. Problem is that places rarely carry size 14, and if they do, it's usually one model, like the Burton Moto or something. Being 6'6 and a lean 240, I need some pretty stiff boots. On top of that, my left foot is right between a typical 14 and a 14.5. I would LOVE to go to a proper boot fitter, but I feel like I would have better luck winning the lottery than finding one with an adequate boot selection.

Any tips from fellow big foots? Maybe some people on here that work/worked at shops/distributors, etc can give me some ideas. When do the 2015 lines usually hit stores?
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Honestly, your best bet may be to buy several pairs from an online retailer that has a good return policy and keep the ones that fit best. Other than that,
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As stated, buy multiple pairs. Left and right foot sizing differences might be the hardest thing to overcome. I wear a 13 in street shoes. My Ride boots are 12's. I have the insanos. Tried the Tridents, similar fit, super stiff but more expensive. They also have decent reduction in the footprint. K2 Thraxis fit in a 13. Just as a reference of sizes if you really do need to buy online. Good luck.
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Have you called around to all the board shops in your area? While your probably right, it sounds like you're just assuming no one carries anything in your size. If you have to go the online route Zappos offers free shipping both ways, or if you have chain store like REI or Zumiez you can return online items to the local store for free.
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Have you called around to all the board shops in your area? While your probably right, it sounds like you're just assuming no one carries anything in your size. If you have to go the online route Zappos offers free shipping both ways, or if you have chain store like REI or Zumiez you can return online items to the local store for free.
Something like boots which can get heavy for a few pairs I'd definitely go the REI route. Gotta be more than one in the Atlanta area. I bet if you call them up they'd actually send a pretty good selection right to the store for you to try. Even on season do the REIs down south not stock at all?
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buy online from rei and then return in the store to save money on shipping back, if they have your sizes.
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This thread make me love being a size 8 in boots (8.5-9.0 in most shoes). Lots of selection all the time!

One other thing I'd do is get multiple pairs of the SAME BOOTS. I.e. Burton Driver X in 13.5-14.0-14.5.

I know I was surprised how it felt when I finally got a boot that fit right. It was tight, it was stiff, but it was comfortable at the same time.

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I live in Atlanta too, so I understand the situation -- it was difficult enough for me with size 10 boots. Really, there are only 4 options locally:

Peter Glenn - The manager there is knowledgeable (I think his name is Derek if I remember) and does a good job helping you find the right boot. Not sure how skilled he is at actual boot fitting if you need modifications. Probably worth a call to see if they even carry any size 14 if you haven't already.

Ambush Board Company - They are up in Marietta. Lots of teens working there -- mostly focus on skating and wakeboarding. In my experience, they really don't help with boot fitting...just fetch the boots from the back room for you and let you figure it out.

Rocky Mountain Ski and Board -On Roswell Rd...not too far from Peter Glenn. They switch over to patio furniture store during spring summer and don't open back up until late Fall for winter sports. I'm guessing they don't carry size 14.

Sun and Ski - I've never been here. Looks like lots of closeouts and last season gear.

Most other places either closed their doors or simply don't carry snowboarding gear (such as the two REI locations). I like the idea of ordering boots from REI online and then returning to the store though. That may work out well for you. You may want to double check on the return policy at the store though since the Atlanta locations don't really have a winter sports presence...just some limited softgoods.

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I am 6'6" and have the same size feet as you, left 14 right 14.5. I can get into a ride 13, in burton i need a 14 maybe could get away with a 13.5 but they don't make that. Ride is a bit wider than i would like in the foot but my toes don't become to sore to ride after 2 days in them. I also shave off some of the liner lol.
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Online boot shopping is generally regarded as a last resort, but..

I live in Atlanta, so there are a few board shops, but demand is much lower around here, as you can imagine, compared to a city like Denver, etc. So it would make sense to keep inventory lower, and the first place you are going to cut is the stuff that doesn't sell, e.g. size 14 boots.

With a smaller size boot, best bet would be to plan extra time on a trip out west and spend the day trying on boots. Problem is that places rarely carry size 14, and if they do, it's usually one model, like the Burton Moto or something. Being 6'6 and a lean 240, I need some pretty stiff boots. On top of that, my left foot is right between a typical 14 and a 14.5. I would LOVE to go to a proper boot fitter, but I feel like I would have better luck winning the lottery than finding one with an adequate boot selection.
Damn dood, are you trolling me or something? I'm goofy footed with a 14.5 back/left, 14.0 front/right; what that means to me personally is that my "drive" boot slops out to shit, while by back boot slops out to perfect. I live outside of Minneapolis about 3 miles from one of the biggest, and sleaziest, online snowboard equipment retailers in the country and I still have an impossible time getting boots. I've been castigated from giving the same advice that most of the replies in this thread have given, apparently there has been some change of heart? Usually they tell you to fly to Summit County and visit a boot fitter to get a pair of, as you alluded to, Burton Motos...

But yes, the Zappos advice is always sound, if you can live without several hundred dollars for a couple of weeks -- I've yet to have a -fingers crossed- returned package lost..

REI is best if they have something you are interested in: ship to store and try them on right there and if you don't like them you can return/refund them right at the counter.

As far as boots go, Vans and Burton have historically supported us types. I rode Imperials for most of last season and they were OK, front foot slopped to shit after 3 days as usual and I'm not sold on their speed lacing system. For the upcoming season I have a pair of Ride Insanos, purchased at an incredible discount early summer through -- yep shipped to store, tried on and kept -- REI. I'm hoping the Intuition liners will hold up better, and I've had great luck with BOA's on my cycling shoes (Lake 303's last winter on the Mukluk. Completely disintegrated but the BOA still works)...

As an aside: I finally blew out a pair of multi-shoe-gooed Vans suede low tops this afternoon on the skateboard -- toe and upper completely separated. I didn't want to wait for shipping and I thought I could find something at the "Mall of America." Drove 35 minutes: Two different Journeys, a Zumiez, Vans official store, Nike official store, and a Tilly's -- Nothing. I've got Zappos open in a separate tab...
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