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Old Yesterday, 06:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey there, I'm a newbie, only boarded twice on rented gear. Looking at buying my first pair of boots and after lots of research I've settled on the Nike vapen Varsity's, problem is I live in Perth AU's, and there's only one shop here that doesn't have Nike's and doesn't really like people trying boots. I also have wide feet, about a 10 long but 12 wide, does anyone have any suggestions or experience on sizing or normal Nike shoes that are compareable I could try? Pretty stuck and don't want to wing it with ordering online.
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You will hear from others on this board that you should go in and try boots on and try as many as you can.

Having wide feet makes it a little more difficult. Here are some suggestions for wide feet.

Salomon Dialogues Wide - Bulky though.
DC boots tend to run wider
ThirtyTwo boots also tend to run a little wider

There is a thread here by wiredsport on how to measure your feet for snowboard boots. Look it up , read about it and educate yourself.
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Hey there, I'm a newbie, only boarded twice on rented gear. Looking at buying my first pair of boots and after lots of research I've settled on the Nike vapen Varsity's, problem is I live in Perth AU's, and there's only one shop here that doesn't have Nike's and doesn't really like people trying boots. I also have wide feet, about a 10 long but 12 wide, does anyone have any suggestions or experience on sizing or normal Nike shoes that are compareable I could try? Pretty stuck and don't want to wing it with ordering online.
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Best to try on as many boots as possible. What matters most with boots is fit and comfort. If it fits someone else, it might not fit you the same.
If the shop is being dicks I wouldn't buy from them unless I really had to.. Thought about buying boots where ever you board? Put an hour or two aside before you hit the hills.
Otherwise if you do it online, make sure you grab them at a place where returns will be easy.

Any reason why you want the Nikes?
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I looked at thirty twos, liked the lashed, but I've read a lot about the Nike's being much more durable, comfortable and flexible which are problems I had in past rentals. I'll be heading to niseko next probably and haven't seen anything for Nike's there online.
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Also note that the only store in Perth only stocks a few Burtons and DC boots, so even your recommended brands would be guesses.
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Nike is out of business, go get a real boot from a real company from a real shop that will let you try on boots before you buy.

Seriously what kind of shop doesn't let you see if a boot fits before you buy it?
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Nike's are comfortable and flexible but they pack out and break down after awhile. I also wouldn't consider them good for wide feet. I have the Ites and Vapens.
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How many days a season do you ride? I ask since the 32 Lashed are good boots, but mine packed out pretty quickly. They fit great...just got sloppy. I upgraded to 32 Primes this past season and had really good luck. Much stiffer boot than the Lashed if that fits your riding style.
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Nike's are comfortable and flexible but they pack out and break down after awhile. I also wouldn't consider them good for wide feet. I have the Ites and Vapens.
What was a while? and how bad were they in regards to width? id they pack out and mold much?

"real companies" don't mean much in perth, seriously, most isolated capital in the world.. i only get to ride for about two weeks a year if that, but i've read a fair bit on the thirtytwos falling apart quickly, plus the only ones available here to try and buy are the binary boa's and they're $430 wheres i can get vapens online for $200.
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I looked at thirty twos, liked the lashed, but I've read a lot about the Nike's being much more durable, comfortable and flexible which are problems I had in past rentals. I'll be heading to niseko next probably and haven't seen anything for Nike's there online.
Durable? If you really read this somewhere then I doubt it was a proper review. You can't beat user reviews on forums like this by someone who knows what their talking about and has put in a fair few days actually wearing the boots. I've only ever tried Nike's on and never owned a pair but from what I've read, they're comfortable, they're soft (too soft for me) but I don't think they're particularly durable. The opposite in fact. All this is moot though as Nike weren't making enough money out of snowboarding so they bailed. The Dialogue Wides are a good shout but you really need to try them on - I though I would need wides but as it turned out the standard Synapses fit me great.
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