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Old 08-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys

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!!

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Old 08-02-2013, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't limit yourself to any particular brand. Go to a shop that has a good selection and try on a shit ton. Buy the ones that fit you the best and feel the best. If your boots don't fit you well, the rest of your equipment means jack shit.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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trennod do you have wide feet. I do, not huge, but I could not wear any Burton boot. They were just to narrow for me. This might be the case for you as well.

linvillegorge is steering you down the correct path. No idea what is available where you are but I tried on several brands. I purchased Vans a few years back and then switched to K2's. Take your time in the shop and do a little reading on properly sizing boots. Even though you aren't a professional boot sizer you will be able to feel out the salesman to whether he is fitting you correctly. Since you are doing yours and girlfriends make sure he is a good bootfitter and don't be afraid to leave and go to another shop if your not getting the feeling your getting fitted correctly.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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+1 to going to a bootfitter or specialist store. theres really no way of telling if a boot will fit or not without trying them on first, and i can assure more often then not, they wont. just do ur feet a favour and u will enjoy ur time on the slopes a lot more aswell. could be the difference between the best day you've ever had on the hill or a shit day sitting on the chair in pain then riding straight to the lodge..
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Thanks guys, we are definitely going to head down to a couple of stores, try a heap on and see whats the best fit for us tomorrow.

I am going to sell what I have and start fresh. The thing was, they actually felt pretty comfortable in the store but I'd only been snowboarding a cpl of times so didn't know any better. Should have left them on for more than a few minutes to see how they felt.
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I bought Burton Rulers last year and DC Terrain boots this year online and right out of the box they fit funny, both 11. I put the liners in the oven on a damp towel for 15 min at 210. I put socks on and built up the toe area with other old socks and made a "toe cap" and heat molded them
myself. Made a world of difference

I can't spend $300 on boots so I gamble buying them online I guess. My DC's were $299 and I paid $135 shipped new.
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Your ankles and calves are weak so your having to pressure the boots too much. That's causing he excess pain/bad circulation. The more you ride, the less it's there. Ride a stiffer boot too and that will limit the flex when your depending on the boot to hold your weight.... Also, the better you ride, not on edge but actually going straight, the less you feel this.
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