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NoahO 01-23-2012 07:56 PM

It's my first season snowboarding and I don't have all the finer points worked out yet. I got a sick deal on a Burton Restricted Easy Livin 158 and a pair of Cartels, and man did this setup change snowboarding altogether for me. The rental setup was weighing me down and I wasn't progressing after a few days. What I'd like to know is how much boots add to / take away from the overall feel. I'm still in the rentals but I'm considering Burton rampant boots. I just don't know how one pair could perform $300 better than another, or if it's just looks. Thanks for any input.

Cruiserdude 01-23-2012 08:37 PM

I wouldn't generally recommend getting a board when you've only been a few days, I've been riding a few days a season for 9 years and still don't have one, but I'm a cheapskate, and I live in the south (no snow). However, I can't tell you how glad I was when I finally got my own set of boots. You live in Seattle, so you should have plenty of places to go try them on. Find a pair that fits quite snug but not cramped, and is comfortable walking around the shop for about an hour or so. A good-fitting boot will be supportive and warm, and anything decent will keep you dry. Up to you what kinda flex you're looking for.

But as people always say, bad-fitting boots guarantee a bad day, and nothing will help you have more confidence, comfort, and control (thus allowing you to progress) than a good pair of boots. I would say to get boots before you get anything else, I wish I had gotten a good pair years ago (though I wouldn't have had these Nikes I love so much now). They'll keep you from worrying much about the rest of your setup, and give you more time to ride, progress, and develop your style and tastes, which gives you a better idea of what kinda board and bindings you may wanna look at.

Shazkar 01-23-2012 09:05 PM

What matters most is the fit of the boots. This is what everyone told me when I bought my first board 4 years ago, and so though I bought the board and bindings online, I went to a store and tried on as many pairs of boots as I could, and picked what fit best.

Basti 01-23-2012 10:22 PM

When it comes to boots, don't fixate on a certain brand. Go to a store, try on as many pairs as you can and buy the ones that feel comfortable while giving you enough support - completely regardless of brand, colour or price. Never save on boots though. They are by far your most important piece of equipment. If they don't fit, they can ruin even the best snow day.

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