I stepped on a rusty nail @ 4yrs old, @12 they finally figured out my entire heel bone was infected. I had my heel bone hollowed out, then cleaned out daily for 4 months.
I had a hollow heel bone for a few years.
Cracked it twice before it filled in, sprained it to many times to remember.
It is much weaker than the other one, it's fucked, & constantly bugs me.
I need quality boots, stiff boots, & unfortunately usually expensive boots.
The stiffness keeps my ankle from further injury, the range of motion is far less.
You will lose some tweek-ability, but you gain strength & strength in snowboarding = Bigger, faster, you will be able to stomp landings from much larger airs & go way faster.
Normally I wear a size 10 shoe, 11 work boot, but always go 1/2 size smaller with my booties. Last year they didn't have a 9.5 in the boot I wanted & ended up getting a 9.
They were a bit to tight the first couple times I rode with them even after heat molding them. I was worried they weren't going to break in.
Now they fit perfect & I crank em up really tight.
I bought 2011 Burton Grails, they would probably be perfect for you too.
They are a freestyle boot, but one of the stiffer ones.
Check out the reviews, everyone loves em.
They were the 3rd or 4th most expensive Burton boot in 2011.
These are the exact same boot.
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