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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 09:28 AM
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They had good reviews on Backcountry and Sierra Snowboard, and were %50 off. I see now things are much more complicated than I was advised; what criteria would you employ when buying a boot for the first time?

Fit is always most important but it also depends on your style of riding. Alot of freestyle riders use a softer boot with allows for more mobility, while freeriders like a stiffer boot. I mostly ride park/all mountain freestyle, but I'm getting older so my ankles need a bit more support than they used to that's why I ride the Burton Rulers, it's kind of a good middle ground for me and they are super light. Insoles will also help, but again if there are any pressure points with a certain boot try on something else.

Make sure you bring snowboard socks when you try them on, and use just one good pair of socks, alot of people think more socks equals more warmth but that's not the case. Smartwool socks are a good brand to look up, many people have good reviews about them.

Once you find a boot that feels good, tell the shop you just want to walk around in them for awhile, go look at other stuff around the store and make sure they don't hurt. Your toes should just be brushing up against the inside/front of the liner when you stand up and there should be no heel lift when you walk. Should be snug but comfortably, they will "pack out" slightly when they are broken in, that's why any boot that seems a little too big is a big no-no as well.

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Makes sense for the most part; what is heel lift exactly? Also, I'm just now starting out, so I was advised to go with soft boots. Thanks for the help thus far.

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Heel lift is when you step forward/lean forward and you can feel your heel slipping up, like a pair of bad fitting shoes. On a snowboard when you go on your toeside edge you don't want your heel to lift up in the boot at all, you want the direct motion going right to your edge. When you try on boots get them laced up real good and lean forward, if your heel lifts up a little its the wrong boot or wrong size. Again make sure you're doing this with one pair of good snowboard socks, as the fit can change if you try them on with toe socks compared to snowboard socks.

I agree that softer boots are better for beginners, more forgiving. I started on pretty soft boots but I'm older now and want a little more support so I ride a medium stiffness now, good support yet enough movement for riding freestyle/park. Boots will get softer away from the shop too, just like breaking in a pair of shoes they will flex easier over time.
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Heel lift is when your heel lifts off the foot bed of your boot when mimicing/riding your toeside. large amounts of heel lift will lead to sloppy/uncomfortable riding.

As far boot stiffness I would think more about the type of riding you might like....Stiff boots typically big mountain riding carvin steeps, Mid flex for free-riding, all mountain some park. Soft for park application. These are just general definitions of riding type for boot stiffness, each person may be different.

I would say with you being new look at a medium flex boots for best all-around riding.
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