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Old 04-20-2010, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Started snowboarding this year and as much as I love (and I love it ) I'm kicking myself that I didn't start YEARS ago. So when I started this year I picked up some Sims boots that were on sale, figured if snowboarding didn't work out for me I didn't spend too much. They fit ok but weren't as snug as they should, plus they were narrow which pinched my toes. So while picking up a board from a guy that ran an Any Mountain store, I checked out their boots. Now I didn't have the money to go all out on boots like I wish and I ended up picking up a pair of Burton FS LTDs 06' for $40. They fit A LOT better than the Sims and had a nice snug fit and no heel lift. Used them the past 3-4 times I went out and I know they're not fully broken in yet but I am noticing some things. For one, they are loosening up which could be a good or a bad thing in my case. My main issue is that when I tighten my boots like I would want so that my foot is more secure in the boot, I'm hitting the pressure point on top of my foot so it makes my foot feel like its in a vise. Obviously this makes riding very uncomfortable, so I loosen up the linter and laces. Now I don't have any "vise" pains but my heel is able to lift a lot and I can feel my foot shift back and forth a fair amount while riding. When riding like this, even though its technically wrong, I don't feel any pain. Ankles are fine after, toes are good and calves are pain free. I just found out that the FS LTDs have EVA moldable liners so I wan't to set those up the right way. I've been reading a few of the other boot threads and the boot fitment sticky and know there's the Superfeet insoles, j-bars, c-bars and shims. Do you guys think I should get my liners heat molded, pick up some Superfeet insoles, shims and bars OR pass these on and pick up a new pair that fit me "perfectly" (still pick up Superfeet insoles since they appear to be amazing )? Money is better now so I can actually afford a brand new pair of boots although I do like the FS LTDs except for the issues I stated.
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those boots are pretty old. Serviceable but old. If you have the money, I'd take advantage of the end of year sales that are going on. You should be able to pick up boots that retailed for around $300 in the low $200's maybe even under $200. Try a bunch of different models on. Cirrus, Vans, Salomon, Rome, Ride, even Burton and others. Find what fits your foot the best. Boots are the item you don't want to skimp on. Skimp on boards, bindings, just about anything else but your boots...
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Thanks killclimbz, think that's what I'll be doing. Probably bounce around a few shops considering a store I went to over the weekend only had 5-8 pairs of boots.

When you guys try on boots, do you ever take your bindings with you? Get a whole complete feel for the boots when trying them on, or is that a little over the top? Do you think a newer, much improved in design and support boot will work with my top of foot pressure point and the tightness of the boot? Or is that something I'll most likely have with any boot I get?
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You can certainly do that, but I never do. I just look for a high quality boot with good padding. If you are having problems with the bindings, it may be that you need to upgrade those a bit too. Or else get some after market padding for your liner.
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Thanks again killclimbz, just thought I'd ask just in case haha I'm on Ride NRC bindings right now but might look into getting some lighter park bindings so I can have a park setup and a mountain setup.
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