Hi everyone! My first post here really. I'm quite new to snowboarding and have been doing it since about January 2011. I had my first week away in Bulgaria in May and have been going to the local indoor snow done (Chill FactorE in Manchester, England) once a month since. So I'm improving all the time!
I'm looking for some help/advice about the ThirtyTwo Lashed fast-track boots I recently bought.
I bought them about a month ago when I last went to the snow dome. I have been using rental boots etc up to now and figured it's about time I got my own boots for a better fit etc. So I did some research and decided not to buy the ones I liked the look of online, and instead went into the shop and tried as many on as I could.
I soon settled for the ThirtyTwo lashed boots as I found these to be the most comfortable with very little heel lift. I carried out a gap test which showed I had less than 2cm at the heel without the liner in. I got them heat moulded for added fit and comofort! Walked around in them for about an hour and they seemed comfier than any rental's I'd had yet! They seemed perfect!!
Or so I thought.
I then took them onto the slope while I was in the snow dome, for a few hours. The pain was awful. Along the outside of both feet between the small toe and the ankle was so painful! Nothing like I'd had from rented stuff before! The only thing different with the rented board etc compared to usual was the stance was a bit wider than I'd prefered that day, although they were unable to change it!
The angle of the bindings etc was the same as I've had them set ever since I started learning and I've not had a problem like this before.
I explained my problem to the shop staff after I'd been on the slope. They said to just try wearing them around the house etc to break them in some more. Which I have been doing and there's no pain at all. I've probably worn them for about 10hours around the house and they're still comofrtable! Although they seemed comfortable before I took them onto the slope last time.
I guess it's going to be difficult to recreate the problem without being on a board etc, but I was wondering if anyone could suggest what the problem with these boots may be?
I also asked about returning the boots to the shop to try another pair but apparently that's out of the question. I don't want to have forked out all this money on some boots only for them to be useless!!!
Thanks for your help everybody. Sorry about the long read