I've been boarding for a while now . . Probably close to 10 years. But, I still suck. I live in the south, so I'm lucky if I get to go 1-2 days a year.
However, I've started working for a company in Salt Lake, so, I'll probably get more like 10 days a year now. . . . mostly nights. But I digress.
When I first started boarding, there was a "keep the gear" deal, and I came home with a Morrow set of boots, bindings, and board. While it wasn't the best quality, it was good enough. However, now that I've gotten a bit better, and lost a lot of weight (260 -> 195 so far), things aren't working right.
My feet started getting looser and looser. Either I was finally starting to do things right, and they were never tight, or, my weight loss has shrunk my feet a lot (I know they've shrunk some). The straps on my bindings started maxing out, so I adjusted both to the smallest setting. Then I trimmed some of the straps, so they could get tight. But, my feet still feel loose. I should also mention that I recently took a lesson, and was told that I'm not bending my knees, so I've started riding "right"er. That stance change could also be doing some of it. But, I now do have way more control, so I'm confident I was doing it wrong before.
And, now, something is starting to pinch in my pinky toes. Either the trimmed binding is poking into my toe, annoying me, or the toe just has too much room, and it's rubbing. At first, I was thinking I needed new bindings (since mine wouldn't get any smaller). But, now, I'm thinking that I may need boots (firmer boots), that won't need the bindings tightened so much, and that are firmer. The morrow boots seem a bit flimsy.
So, the question(s):
- Do I need boots?
- Do I need bindings?
- What kind of boots / bindings would you recommend? I've read this forum just enough to see to stay away from e-bay, and actually go get fitted. But, I'm still not sure what kind of boot / support I should be looking for. I can handle blues. Blacks scare me, but I've done a couple on the east coast (likely rated differently). While I want to start doing little jumps, I will probably spend most of my time just doing the trails. I guess I'm a solid "intermediate". So, should I look for firmness, if so, what does that really mean? . . hehehe
Thanks in advance!