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Old 02-12-2013, 05:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a boot fit question. I've been told that the ideal boot fit is when your big toe just grazes the toe cap. And the the initial fit should be very snug but your toes should be able to move freely.

I've tried on Burton boots at size 8.5 and 9. In the size 9 Burton boot, my toes just graze the toe cap, and it feels comfortable and my toes can move freely, but is this a problem? Because it doesn't feel snug or tight. At 8.5, the fit is snug. My toes are definitely up against the toe cap more, but my toes can move with a little more effort, just not as freely. Despite the snugness, I don't think it feels uncomfortable.

So which boot size is right for me?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would go with the 8.5 as they will pack out after a few days of use.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with 8.5
My boots were super tight when I bought them. Expect a couple short days on the hill with the first few uses as your feet will be a little sore.
My boots are Nike 5.5 which are a half size down from my regular US shoe size. I have ridden two seasons in them and they have way more space in them now. Super lived in and so comfy.
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When I tried on these Burton boots, I tried them on without socks. Should I be trying them on with socks? I feel that with socks on, I can't accurately tell how my foot fits into the boot, since I'm feeling the sock instead of the boot.

With that in mind, would you still recommend the snugger fit?
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Yes and yes. Im surprised the person in the store didn't tell you to try on with socks.
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Go with the 9. I have small boots right now, and by the end of the day my feet are killing me. If they don't feel snug to your leg, just wear some extra socks or something. Trust me, its worth the hassle then your toes being pushed together the whole day.
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Go with the 9. I have small boots right now, and by the end of the day my feet are killing me. If they don't feel snug to your leg, just wear some extra socks or something. Trust me, its worth the hassle then your toes being pushed together the whole day.
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I'm sorry I don't find this good advice. There are boots out there for peeps with wider legs/ narrow legs and you should be buying what fits well not be throwing on more socks in an ill fitting boot.
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If they don't feel snug to your leg, just wear some extra socks or something.
Terrible advice!

Yes too small is too small, but wearing extra or thicker socks will probably cause your circulation off by putting pressure in the places you don't want. Guaranteed pain and wont actually fix the problem.

Just get boots that fit properly! You might need to try a few models and brands to find one that works well with your foot shape. And don't underestimate the importance of decent insoles. Spend as much time and money as you can spare on getting this right. It's worth it.
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So I went riding in an 8.5 Burton boot. I rode for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I didn't seem to notice any discomfort while I was riding, but when I was walking back to my car to leave, I noticed some discomfort and possibly a little pain because it felt like the boot didn't have enough room for me to extend my toes, especially the big toe. I think the reason there was pain was that my 2nd toe was poking into my 3rd toe because they were pushed together.

It seems like a no brainer to go with the 9 then, but you all have said that boots will pack out usually a half size after some use, and that it's better to get the smaller size. So should I stick with the 8.5 and wait til it packs out/heat mold it? I only rode for 3 hours, and perhaps that's not enough time to pack out. Again I didn't notice this discomfort while riding, I only noticed it on the return trip to my car. With this is additional information, which size would you recommend?
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The way snowboard boots have built in forward lean is going to make them suck to walk around in. Walking on downhill asphalt is the worst. If they were fine while riding then they are fine. They will loosen up both in snugness and in stiffness over a few days riding.
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