Boots advice please!!
So in a couple of weeks the next couple of days my girlfriend and I are off snowboarding in the Andes for a few weeks. She's a beginner (been 3 times) and I am not much better but went about 12 times in Canada at start of 2011. The plan is to get her some boots in the next couple of days and possibly even a new pair for me. Anyway, I really wanted advice from you guys with some experience on both of us:
1) I have a pair of Burton Freestylers, used probably only 5 times, but each time I used them they would hurt - I would get numbing and have to take them off usually after a run or two. At first I thought it was from the cold haha but I think what it might be is due to lack of circulation, caused by them being too tight. They are a size 8 and I usually wear a 9, my toes are touching the end but I don't think they are curling anything crazy, I know they should be tight but even when I put them on in the house I can feel them rubbing across the top of the foot and hurting a bit, they certainly don't feel comfortable at all.
I have heard about heat moulding is an option, I haven't tried it yet (I am hoping the shops down here in Buenos Aires do it?). Do you think that would make much of a difference?
Or, do you think I should just cut my losses and get new boots, something for higher arches? I have read those with full heat moldable liner are probably best such as Thirtytwo or Rome? Or those with an intuition liner (Ride, K2)
What are your thoughts? Is there any specific boots that you might be able to recommend for an intermediate that might fit my weird feet haha?
2) Secondly, for my girlfriends boots its not the easiest to get models down here, no surprises that Burton's are most represented.
What are your thoughts on these:
- Burton Bootiques (2012)
- Burtin Mint (2009 or 2012)
- Burtin Axel (2012)
Are they any good?
Ah and just a general question, is there much difference between the year models of the boots, ie 2010 vs 2011 or is it mainly aesthetics?
Thanks in a heap in advance!!
Last edited by trennod; 08-02-2013 at 10:49 PM.