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Old 03-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking for new boots all season that fit, and I would prefer a higher-end boot with some of the nicer features. The problem is I can't try on any boots locally because the nearest mountain is 2 hrs away and there are no places to try on boots. There is one place that sells boots but they only have a selection of about 3 models...

So I started out with a pair of Burton Rulers in size 11. They were too big and after they packed out I got a ton of heel lift and my toes weren't touching the front. Later I went back and tried on a 10 of the rulers and they fit much better...however, I was still getting a lot of heel lift. There doesn't seem to be any heel-hold tech in that boot at all. Still not a perfect fit.

Next I tried the Burton Ambush in 10 because I thought I wanted a lighter-flexier boot and I was hoping it would fit my feet better. These boots caused my toes to go numb because they seem to be made for someone with flat and wide feet, which I don't have. If anything I have a little more slender and arched.

Next I tried some Salomon F22's because I heard they were better for more narrow feet and they had good heel hold. As far as general construction and features, these boots seem to be the best so far. But they are just slightly TOO narrow for my feet, to the point where they kind of compress my toes together. They also had some pressure points against my ankles so as much as I like the boots, they aren't for me.

Basically, I don't know what to try now. I would prefer something with a speed lace system/boa/etc, but I know that fit is more important than any of that. I want a medium flex boot (the Rulers felt just about perfect, the Ambush too flexy and the Salomon slightly too stiff). If possible, I'd also like something with a smaller/compact footprint so that they don't squeak against the sides of my metal bindings.

Any suggestions for me? I'd like to get it right this time because I basically have to buy the boots online, wait for shipping, try them on, then return ship. PITA.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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a couple of choices

continue with rei or backcountry that have good return policies

next time to the hill stop by a really good board/ski shop and get fitted, try on a bunch then buy or not and order via webz

do a performance rental at the hill (if they have one/like a pro shop) and try on/demo a bunch

no boot is going to fit perfectly and will always need some adjustment during the season...so learn about j, c, L, butterflies, insoles and etc.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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a couple of choices

continue with rei or backcountry that have good return policies

next time to the hill stop by a really good board/ski shop and get fitted, try on a bunch then buy or not and order via webz

do a performance rental at the hill (if they have one/like a pro shop) and try on/demo a bunch

no boot is going to fit perfectly and will always need some adjustment during the season...so learn about j, c, L, butterflies, insoles and etc.
I know about j/c/l but I just assumed I should start with the boot that fits the best, and I haven't found that boot yet.

Not sure how to better describe my situation but there are literally no places to buy boots (even at the hill 2 hrs away) except for one sports place that has a selection of 3 or 4 models (which I have already tried, and that's where I originally bought the Rulers). And the one time I was able to get to an REI 3 hours away, they had already clearanced and sold the majority of their snowboard gear.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My suggestion would be to try the k2 UFO boots because I think they are perfect, but without knowing anything about your foot it is pretty much a random suggestion.
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My suggestion would be to try the k2 UFO boots because I think they are perfect, but without knowing anything about your foot it is pretty much a random suggestion.
Well I was trying to describe my foot and why those boots didn't work in hopes somebody out there is like me, but I know it's still something that differs person to person. I figured suggestions would be better than a shot in the dark.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Try some Nike Vapens if there are any left in the shops where you're from. Or actually try any nike boot if you can.
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I liked Nike's for fitment and comfort, great feel like an athletic shoe. I just didn't care for all the work it took to keep them laced.

DC's are great, I rode Park for two seasons. They feel more shoe like than other boots I've worn.

ThirtyTwo for me are new and I'm loving them so far. With narrow heels/feet, I find they grip well because of the lacing system and the fittment is very Nike like. Feels like an athletic shoe.
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I liked Nike's for fitment and comfort, great feel like an athletic shoe. I just didn't care for all the work it took to keep them laced.
I'm all for speed-lacing or Boa, but ultimately fit is more important. I've gone back to laces (Nike Kaijus). They just fit my feet.
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I liked Nike's for fitment and comfort, great feel like an athletic shoe. I just didn't care for all the work it took to keep them laced.

DC's are great, I rode Park for two seasons. They feel more shoe like than other boots I've worn.

ThirtyTwo for me are new and I'm loving them so far. With narrow heels/feet, I find they grip well because of the lacing system and the fittment is very Nike like. Feels like an athletic shoe.
Which 32 boot did you go with? I thought those boots were actually more for people with wider feet?
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i have 32 lashed and they are wide but narrow on the toe box.
they dont seem to pack out much.
You can try to buy some boot fitting pads. Like J-bars, heel raise, heel wrap etc. they will help with heel raise
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