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Old 02-10-2010, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There's so many different boots out there, not sure what is good, and what is good for my style of riding. I'm a size 9ish (depending on the brand). Planning on using an Evo-R with Union Forces (have not pulled the trigger on anything yet though). I ride mostly all-mountain on the ice coast but would like the start getting into the park once I get a little better and can link turns more confidently. I know I probably need a soft boot, but that's about it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd get a middle of the road flex boot, as it will only get softer as you break it in.

In reality you should be buying whatever boot is the most comfortable.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea, since your on the east coast your going to want medium flex so that you can have confidence on your edges in the ice. Other than that there really isn't much else to know. From my personal experience, I can tell u that Burton makes some really nice boots
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Ok, how do I know if a boot is medium flex or not?
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From my personal experience, I can tell u that Burton makes some really nice boots
They also make some terrible ones. Don't get the Motos!
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Ok, how do I know if a boot is medium flex or not?
When you look up a boot on line, it will tell you the flex in the description or the tech. If you look at the boot in a store, it will be on the back of the box
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Boots are the most important piece of your setup. If your boots are too small they'll cut off circulation to your feet making them cold, they'll hurt like hell because of pressure points, and it's not uncommon for toe nails to turn black &/or fall off after a long painful day of being pushed up against the end of your boot. On the flipside. If your boots are too big, you can get painful blisters, and your board will be harder to control because your feet will be lifting and sliding around in your boot, causing a lack of responsiveness. Either way you're in for a shitty experience. Go to your local board shop and try on TONS of different brands and styles. Boots will also "Pack out", which means as you break them in, the materials will loosen and stretch, and they'll become half to sometimes a full size bigger. So ask the guy or girl at the store to give you a hand.

Now a lot of boots have the lace up style tightening systems on them. However after experiencing Burton's "speed zone" lacing system, I hate regular laces and will never go back. Laces are a huge pain in the ass and they take a lot longer to make minor adjustments. Look into speed lacing systems or Boas, pretty much all brands have these as an option and you won't be sorry.

As stated above already, you can get different levels of stiffness when it comes to boots. A soft flex boot will be more park friendly when compared to a stiff flex which is made for straight-up bombing. I agree with you benefiting most from a mid-flex, just keep in mind the feel might be fairly stiff until they pack out a bit.

Either way, don't try to save money on a shitty pair. You can either be in complete pain for 3 hours before you quit and sit in the lodge for the rest of the day, or you can get the right pair that feel like butter and spend 8 hours killing it. As well, a good pair of boots will last you years and years if you take care of them, so do it right the first time.
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Yeah I've been renting and the local mountain has ride boots, not sure which model. But they have the boa speed laces and I love it. I always hate tightening regular laces, never been able to do it (both snowboarding and hockey). So whichever brand I go with it'll be the boas.
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Boots are the most important piece of your setup. If your boots are too small they'll cut off circulation to your feet making them cold, they'll hurt like hell because of pressure points, and it's not uncommon for toe nails to turn black &/or fall off after a long painful day of being pushed up against the end of your boot. On the flipside. If your boots are too big, you can get painful blisters, and your board will be harder to control because your feet will be lifting and sliding around in your boot, causing a lack of responsiveness. Either way you're in for a shitty experience. Go to your local board shop and try on TONS of different brands and styles. Boots will also "Pack out", which means as you break them in, the materials will loosen and stretch, and they'll become half to sometimes a full size bigger. So ask the guy or girl at the store to give you a hand.
This.

I can udnerstand people on a tight budget cutting a few corners on board and bindings, clothes too. But not on boots, a perfect fit is simply too important for your riding and your enjoyment of the trip

Personally I went to a good store that had lots of recommendations from people I trust, spent 1 hour with the dude at the store trying on boots to find the perfect one. Only after having decided what pair of boots were the best fit did I look at the price. And while Burton SLX boots has caught a lot of flak from people, they are a perfect fit for my feet. Don't go after certain brands though, go for a boot that fits perfectly, and ignore the name.
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