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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
If whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.
Then I am so close to immortality
Last edited by timmytard; 08-30-2012 at 08:18 PM.