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Old 08-29-2012, 01:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Guess what I'm learning the best thing for weak ankles is to strengthen them (google ankle strengthening excercises). I'm not saying every traumatic injury can be overcome, but its easy to do and a true story.
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Guess what I'm learning the best thing for weak ankles is to strengthen them (google ankle strengthening excercises). I'm not saying every traumatic injury can be overcome, but its easy to do and a true story.
Stiff boots help too.

But good for you, never stop learning.

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Old 08-29-2012, 08:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I've definitely been stepping up leg workouts at the gym to strengthen all parts of my legs including my knees and ankle. I just want that extra support just in case.

Any thoughts of the 32 TM Two boots? and im pretty sure the 32 lashed are too soft right? I've been searching all ski stores locally and cannot find 32 to boots to try on at all!
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32's break down quicker than most.

I'd go for Salomon or K2 in my experience.

But whatever fits best is gonna be best.
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I've definitely been stepping up leg workouts at the gym to strengthen all parts of my legs including my knees and ankle. I just want that extra support just in case.

Any thoughts of the 32 TM Two boots? and im pretty sure the 32 lashed are too soft right? I've been searching all ski stores locally and cannot find 32 to boots to try on at all!
I'm not saying to not look at other boots but at the end of the season last year I switched from the Lashed to the TM Two and I love them. They are a good bit stiffer...but I don't have a lot of time in them yet so I can't comment on how fast they will break down.
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I'm not saying to not look at other boots but at the end of the season last year I switched from the Lashed to the TM Two and I love them. They are a good bit stiffer...but I don't have a lot of time in them yet so I can't comment on how fast they will break down.
From looking at the stiff rating scale between the Focus, TM Two, and the Lashed, I think the TM Two would be a perfect medium for me. I just need to see how 32's size up on my small wide feet lol.
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IMO, if you have weak ankles then you should go with a stiffer boot that wont give as easily putting more pressure on your ankles. If you are able to twist your ankles then you're gonna get hurt.

I just bought a pair of the DC Judge boots, it has dual zone Boa system. It holds the ankles in pretty tight and keeps it pretty stiff. Real nice. But then I just tried on the Burton Imperial 2012 and it fit my foot like a glove right out of the box. Nice lean and slender profile. It has "cushioning" like in the Nice Air max shoe.

Sports chalet is setting up for the Labor Day weekend sale. Those boots will most likely be 50-70% off. That drops both boots to around $100 each.
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Seconding the DC Judges.

I'm coming off two ankle arthroscopic surgeries ( OSTEOCHONDRITIS DISSECANS - TALUS ) in the last 9 months due to snowboarding injuries and I just got a pair of these and they fit amazing, I feel like I'm getting a lot of support with the dual boa plus the stiffness of the boot.
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will definitely look into the DC Judges also. Thanks guys!
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Before the interweb & the ability to just check the stiffness rating, all you had was what was in front of you. You went to a store & checked out what they had.

A good way that I found was to grab the empty boot, do the laces up with nothing in them. Put the toe on your chest, laces facing up.
put your hand @ the top back half of the boot & compress it like you would be bending at the knee.

You can instantly tell which boots are stiffer than others but also how each boot company's stiffness rating matches up.
One company's stiffness rating of 8 could be a diff company's 4.

One thing I've noticed doing this over the years is, some boots when you compress them the shell instead of compressing or the top half sliding over the bottom half so that it maintains its shape, will just expand out the sides.

But when you put it in a binding, the strap won't allow it to go out the sides.
So it goes inwards, this creates pressure points.

That's a shitty boot. That tells me two things, one it's probably going to hurt when I ride in them. Doesn't matter if they're comfy now, it matters when I'm riding & two I won't be able to tighten them up as much as I'd like, making them sloppy.

If a boot doesn't do really well in the stiffness & expansion test, I don't even waste my time trying them on. Regardless of brand or price. They're garbage.

If you can fold a boot front ways or sideways, that's bad, unless you are specifically looking for a boot that will do that.
The forces generated snowboarding are far stronger than what you can do standing in a shop.

I broke my ankle when my shitty Airwalks folded in half.

Just my 2 cents

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I can vouch for 32 boots being shitty, well maybe not shitty when they're new & maybe not shitty if you don't go often or hard.

They break down super fast, I have friends that tear through those things.
There is a shop in my area that has literally hundreds of 32 boots that are all broken in some way.

I buy expensive boots, I need them to last

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