Here's a suuuuuper quick list for how you should buy boots!
- Im only making this because im bored, thought it would be helpful. If not, then I want you guys to critique the accuracy of my guide.
1)soft or stiff?
soft means that you will have a more relaxed and comfortable feel, stiffer will always want to keep you on your feet and in an aggressive and quick riding mode. Still are comfortable if you purchase the right boot. Soft is good for jibbing and slow speed riding because there is less room to over judge your turns. Stiff is good for high speeds that need that sense of security, awesome for jumps.
*can allways get a stiff boot and binding with a soft highback!
2)Profiled or non profiled foot print
some people have feet that are almost too large for a normal width board. Thus they will consider buying a wide board (which can be unnecessary). If you have a 11.0 foot and dont want to go wide, then check your local shop for some more profiled boots (generally will not have a removable liner, but who REALLY needs those anyways?) because these boots will fit like an 11, but in the binding will fit like a 10 or 10.5
Its hard to tell the dynamics of a perfect fitting boot in the shop. Usually the profiled boots have a true fit once you try them in the shop, but many boots take a few days to pack out and fit properly. Great way to get around that is by asking to heat mold the boots. It wont be tottaly accurate to the true "out of shop" fit, but its definetly a large step towards picking a true'er fit.
4) Speed lacing
Speed lacing is a great perk when you're putting your boots on and off. Of course it has been around for 20 years, and is a unquestionably great way to fasten your boots. Speed lacing is a great alternative due to convenience, but can cause a couple problems such as pressure points or loose zones. Bottom line, dual zone lacing is almost error free when properly fastened. people have reported pressure points and such, but from my experience (which is only a couple seasons), its no big deal. But then again, i'm not entirely credible on this point
5) Dont be too picky about color ways and ignore quirky gimmicks. Their just boots man, you're gonna cover them with your pants. You'll be much happier with a properly fitted and designed boot for your needs, than with what you purchased out of total compulsory action. Spend a few weeks thinking and researching the style of riding that you want to be doing for the season, then question the forum about what kind of specs you should look into for your boot.
*** This is entirely off the top of my head, but please criticize HARSHLY (in respect to the reader) about anything that I have said that is in-accurate or not mentioned. ***
THANKS FOR READING!!!!