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11-25-2011 02:49 PM
mbrownnyc Ended up with Burton Rulers and Union Atlas.
11-11-2011 06:17 PM
mbrownnyc Thanks for the detailed replied.

I understand what you are getting at. I'll look at the medium to stiff versus med to soft fit.

I guess the best bet here is to do as you say and go to a larger store and try on a bunch of different boots.

Probably gonna head to Paragon sports, and try on a bunch of random boots to see what works.

Thanks for your replies... now to just find some ones that match with the bindings.
11-11-2011 05:51 PM
Extremo If you don't hit the park at all then a stiff boot is what you'll want to get. It'll give you a lot of response and control and allow you to be as aggressive as you want in your riding.

I ride park almost exclusively, and although most people like a softer, more flexible boot for freestyle and jibbing, I prefer the stability of a stiffer boot. So I'll buy a boot that's about a 6-7 on the stiffness scale and it'll soften up over time to where I like it.

Different boot brands have unique characteristics. I find Celsius boots fit much differently than 32 which fit much differently than Vans. Some are better suited for wide feet, others more narrow feet, some better suited for large calfs, others for narrow ankles. I've bought some ill-fitting boots in the past and had to suffer through riding with them, trying to custom fit them with shims and boot fitting tools. I finally decided to stop buying boots I only found aesthetically appealing and found a brand that best fit my foot and would give me the comfort and performance I was looking for which happened to be Vans.
11-11-2011 05:12 PM
mbrownnyc Thanks for staying with this thread. I really appreciate it, as I'm not getting any bites on the other thread, so you're my life line right now.

I suppose I am wondering, for an all mountain mostly just freerider, what stiffness of boot should I get?

I've been reading a lot about boots on They seem to have there "picks" for this year for "All Mountain Freestyle" or "All Mountain": Good Ride Favorite Snowboard Boots

I guess, I'm curious... I read somewhere that any boot gets softer over time. So, getting a medium to hard stiffness boot, seems like a wise idea for me (since I never hit parks). Does this sounds about correct?

What I'm likely to do is go back to the shop that undersold me (for too much money), and have them order the Union Atlas bindings, then I guess find some boots at an alternate location. So I'm focusing my current hunt on the boots them self.

I came from a burton setup that dated to 2003, and I had been using it for about five seasons (didn't go out 2006 or 2007), so having good stuff is really foreign. I just want to make sure my decision will be solid and I will be happy, not facing a hindrance. Those old school Burton boots were pretty stiff, this is why I would prefer a med to hard stiffness.

What do you think for the riding I will do?

Thanks again for your time,

11-11-2011 04:48 PM
Extremo Nevermind...I see you want to keep the board.

There are many many options out your research and keep asking questions. The Atlas and Ceptor combo would make your set up pretty dope. But you need to make sure the boot fits well and is comfortable, not to mention it's extremely stiff, which is good if that's what you're looking for.
11-11-2011 04:37 PM
Extremo I personally think good boots are the most essential part of a set up so obviously I'd recommend spending some serious time finding a quality boot that's comfortable and suits your riding style. Is that $500 on boots and bindings? Or an entire board package?
11-11-2011 02:38 PM
mbrownnyc I'm in NYC, so no as much as I'd like for sure... heading out west for a week trip, see a trip to NZ in the next few years, as well as general NE weekend trips...

I'm considering about spending $500. Union Atlas and DC Ceptors? I'm really hesitant on the boots, so any input there is would be quite appreciated.
11-11-2011 12:50 PM
Originally Posted by mbrownnyc View Post
Thanks for your reply. Considering my current issue... which bindings and boots? And do I really want a stiff boot?

Should I be happy with with the forum antenna? Won't the already soft boot just become more and more soft as time goes on?
Depends. How much do you snowboard and what kind of riding do you do?
11-11-2011 11:53 AM
mbrownnyc Thanks for your reply. Considering my current issue... which bindings and boots? And do I really want a stiff boot?

Should I be happy with with the forum antenna? Won't the already soft boot just become more and more soft as time goes on?
11-11-2011 11:34 AM
Extremo Yes you do need to consider boots when you buy bindings. You should buy your boots first with what type of binding you want to ride in mind. Then buy your bindings based on the fit of your boot.
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