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Old 09-25-2013, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Snowboard boot upgrade

Been snowboarding for about 5 years. Got out of it the last two seasons and only went 1 time last season. I miss the STOKE and want to get back into it “HARD” this season.

In my 4 years or so…I had experience with 32 lashed, Burton Ruler and Nike Zoom Force 1. Lashed was my favorite out of all 3 and ended up riding most of my seasons on lashed.

Still “FED UP” with a lot of these boots though and feel that my riding can improve with a REALLY GOOD BOOT UPGRADE!!!!

This year I am looking for:
1. A “little bit” STIFFER than the lashed (by not too much though).
2. A “little more” COMFY (no pressure points). Lashed and the other 2 gave me a couple pressure points.
3. A New brand to try…maybe K2, Ride or Salomon.
4. The Whole Nike line…maybe kaiju, vapen or DK instead.

I need some help from someone who has extensive knowledge or experience with all these boots.

SOOOO many choices!!! Help me make the best choice.

My SPECS/questions:
1. Male, 25 years old, 5’5”, 155-160 lbs and ride southern Cali resorts. I consider myself an “advancing beginner”. I can go down blues in high speed no problem and can butter. Looking to gain more confidence on a snowboard, do more tricks and do more park stuff.

2. I have small feet for my height and stature (short and a little bit on the stocky side). I am a men’s size 6-7 in snowboard boots but a men’s 7-8 depending on sneakers, shoes and/or other types of footwear.

3. Low to mid arch. I think I am flat foot but I am not sure.

4. Stocky/thick calves. My calves are a little bit bigger and thicker than the average park snowboarder I would guess and thats why I believe I need some stiffer boots to accommodate more muscle.

5. Wide feet. My feet are “moderately” wide at its widest point and that’s why I rode 32's because they seem to fit wide feet better.

6. Can some one list the Nike line from softest to stiffest?

7. Is it true that Nike boots only fit narrow feet? Anyone out there with wide feet that are currently riding Nike boots?

Sorry for the long post. Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont think boots will improve riding per se. Maybe confidence and comfort? But it's not going to make you better. I know dudes with beater ass setups that are twenty times better than I am.

That said, go try on some boots. Find what works for you, from what I remember ThirtyTwos mostly are wide foot based. I think the Prions and a few others are more geared towards a foot like yours so do some boot research. while a shit site for reviews collects most boot specs in an easy to find manner.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i would not consider myself to have extensive knowledge but as far as nike boots go i think the stiffest are the AF1, then the DK, then i believe vapen-- kaiju (not 100% on that but i think)

im currently on the zoom DK and i have wide feet as well as huge calves and i like them.
my advice to definitely try them on and not just wing it. but i think you could definitely give nike a chance if youre trying to go with a new brand. I personally feel like the vapens would not hold up as well idk why i just felt like they were cheap. but DKs and forces as well as the kaiju look pretty solid (DKs i know from experience with them)
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replys guys. Great info and will hopefully help me in choosing a brand new boot for this season.

Any of you guys know what the weight is like compared to other boots? Are they light, average or on the heavier side?

The Zoom AF1 seemed pretty heavy compared to my lashed. I think 32's beats nikes in the weight department. I do believe its due to 32's STI foam.

The Zoom AF1 was comfortable but it was too stiff for me. So I am looking at either the DK's or kaiju. I am really liking the look of the DK...hopefully it isn't too stiff for me and can fit my wide feet.

Wish me luck!
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i think youll like the DKs.. i had the same thoughts as you did and am happy with mine. good luck to you
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have extensive knowledge.

The only thing anyone should be telling you is no one can tell you what boots to buy. I nor anyone else here knows what your foot is like. Go to a shop and try them on. Pick what fits best.
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