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|10-29-2012 11:54 PM|
|10-29-2012 06:08 PM|
Thanks for the advice guys. I had to go do some quick research when the BOA thing came up, had not a clue what that was.
Will go try on a bunch and go from there, sounds like pretty much any style will work for what I am doing, just need to find some comfort.
Thanks again, now to go ask some more dumb questions in the other forum about boards.
|10-29-2012 06:06 PM|
Originally Posted by KIRKRIDER View Post
|10-29-2012 05:57 PM|
46, 6 years riding. Speed lace, very stiff boot (Burton DriverX) great support, adjustable inserts. love ' em.
|10-29-2012 05:34 PM|
However, before you even start thinking about lacing tech... You should find the brand that has boots that fit your feet the best. Here is a very good starting point.
1. There should be no gaps or pressure points in the store. If your feet feel numb after 10 mins in the store, then it is going to be much worse on the mountain.
2. The boot should actually be slightly awkward to walk it (made for snowboarding, not strutting around the base village).
3. When standing with you knees straight... your toes should be very close to the front of the boot, even barely touching (notice when you bend your knees and ankles as if you were snowboarding... your toes pull back). If you toes curl (making a knuckle)... then the boot is too small.
4. Similarly the boot, when tightened to just snug should feel very cozy, but not uncomfortable. If they feel like slippers, they are too wide/loose. They will pack out a little after use.
|10-29-2012 04:55 PM|
Plenty of threads on choosing boots here so I won't go on
|10-29-2012 04:53 PM|
The guy's r right tho, comfort is the key! For the casual riders like u or me, the pro's & cons of the different systems r more a matter of convenience & preference rather than providing any performance advantage. So I would advise comfort first, then think about convenience.
You want to b thinking about how much fun your having. Not "i need to get the F*#% outta these boots!!".
|10-29-2012 04:31 PM|
Originally Posted by grafta View Post
I've had boots that I think cover it all - traditional lace-ups, speed-laces, dual-zone laces, BOA, and hybrids (lace-up outer, BOA/speed-lace inner). Small trade-offs with each lacing system but none of them have had such huge advantages for me that I'd want to proclaim one as vastly superior over the other. Personal preferences and bias comes into it. You saw that at the shops you visited already.
I do particularly like my current boots which have an inner BOA and traditional outer laces. I like being able to crank down the inner liner when I need to and also simply pop the dial to let off the inner pressure when I go into the bar for some refreshments. When you get in your 40's, it is the little things that start to matter. ;-)
|10-29-2012 04:27 PM|
Originally Posted by grafta View Post
|10-29-2012 04:26 PM|
I'm an 44 yr old dude and I prefer the speed lacing as it is quick to get the boots on and off, and also very easy to adjust on the hill if you want to snug up a bit more, or if you want to loosen up a tad. I wear Burton Ion's. I insist that or the spin the wheel system for my kids to keep things simple when they are getting ready.
However if your boots are comfy and not worn out I wouldn't change them unless you really want to. If you do want to change anways then try on a whole bunch of boots, walk around in them, and try to go to a shop that has a good boot fitter.
Somebody once told me that most people are either a Salomon boot fit or Burton boot fit, not sure if that's true, both brands are pretty reputable.
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