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Old 10-25-2010, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I guess i'd consider myself an advanced novice to intermediate. I'm comfortable cruising down blues at a solid clip in the north east (VT, NH). I have decent control down blacks, but i'm not super smooth or fast. I ride down the mountain and like carving and speed. I don't do any jumps or park stuff. I'm ramping up my amount of riding and last year went 12 times.

I ride a Sierra Crew and shitty ass Burton Freestyle boots that i got new for $49. They are detestably soft so i want new boots for this year with more support and control. I also have narrow (and size 13) feet so i'm looking at Salomons. Would an "Expert" boot like an F22 be too stiff for me? If so why and would happen? Would it just be too squirrely and response to incorrect movements? Would the F20s be better?

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the stiffer boot. There will be an adjustment period but afterwards you will be better off.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Stiff boots respond better to input, so the stiffer you go, the quicker the board will respond with less effort. You can always not tie the upper portion of the boot as tight so you technically get a softer flex off the boot. As you become more comfortable with the flex, start tightening up the laces more. I ride the F20s and they're a great boot.
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I am pretty much in the same boat as you. I decided to get the Ride Insano boots and think that they will be of use as I get better. From what I was reading, the F22 is for almost exclusive all mountain while the F20 is a little softer/more forgiving. If you are like me and don't have any aspirations of park just get the stiffer boot. GL!
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool, thanks. I got some clearance 2010 F22s on the way, woot!
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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sorry didnt see you had picked your boots already. hope they are super comfy.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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F22's will be good. Only boots I know of that would possibly be too stiff are the driver x. Holy hell are those things stiff.
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i believe boots should just be confortable... unless your extremely serious about the sport
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Rode my first 4 days last spring and ended up buying F22s as my first boot. I have 3 days in them, they're fantastic and you'll love them (if they fit).
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yea, I don't think anyone is suggesting purchasing boots which are uncomfortable. You should try on a few pairs and see which ones you like. Even people who are "extremely serious" don't buy boots that hurt their feet. You can get very comfortable boots at different stiffnesses. I had heard great things about the Salomons but read they tend to be narrower and with my big feet I didn't bother going out of my way to try em.
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