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Old 12-28-2011, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Just a little help for a noob....

So after some consideration, I have decided to enter another sport and if you haven't already guessed, snowboarding. For starters I currently have a 2012 libtech skate banana, though that may seem too good of a board for a noob, was bought because a few of my close snowboarding friends have recommended it for a variety of reasons, including the most important one to me, durability. After seeing my friends 5+ $200 dollar boards broken(he likes attempting tricks and broke the core of his own banana), it seemed appropriate because it isn't very likely I'll get another after running four sports that of course also require money.

My question to this commmunity is what are some the better bang for buck brands out their for boots???(Bindings, clothes and headgear already taken care of)

Sorry for rambling, but also where I live(Metro Detroit) there are NO mountains and only manmade hills. Please also consider that I also can't go inverted or I'll get kicked out. Lucky for me the season hasn't really started yet due to lack of snow and the inability to have a good day due to slushy snow according to a friend who went yesterday.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a good idea to buy the best boots you can afford. Boots are the last place one should try to save a buck. Your best bet is try on as many as you can in person and buy whichever one fits the best, cost be damned.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Honestly you can't skimp on boots, they are the most important aspect of your whole setup. Different people like different brands so like toecutter said you should try on as many as you can to find the ones that fit you the best. Ideally they should be snug tight with no heel lift. I'd recommend BOA boots as that's what I rock (K2 Maysis) and I have found them to be the simplest/most practical for me however its all personal preference.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As everyone has already mentioned... boots are the most important thing period... you really should not skimp on them. Try on a lot of boots and find the one that fits your foot the best - basically no pressure/pinching points and not roomy areas, it should actually feel snug, even you toes can be just barely touching the front of the boot. That's because you toes get pulled back when you bend you knees. And because the boot liner packs out a half size after a few days.

What ever boot fits you that way... get that boot (it is more important than getting a flexy or stiff boot even though I prefer stiffer boots). Note that these boots may not be very expensive... my friend scored a pair of .03 boots at REI last year (yes, 3 cents, we thought it was an error ourselves) and they have served her well. If you want suggestions, I personally like Nitro boots (good for people with skinny ankles) and two people in my group also ride them. My friend has the K2 Maysis boot like Powpow and likes them. Another few friends like Salomon boots (I used to ride them, but the heel is too wide for me).

The best bang for your buck brand is probably last year's gear on sale, or used gear (any mid-range, not super flexy binding that fits your boot)... when you are just starting out... none of the latest "tech" or "features" are really that crucial. 2012 Skate Banana wouldn't be my first choice, but whatever it's a snowboard and you already paid top dollar for it so go ahead an use it.

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