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Old 11-08-2009, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New rider here. I am 40 years old and have skied my whole life. Deciding to take up snowboarding. Here is my basic question and I'd greatly appreciate your insight. Initially, if I have strap in bindings, would a good pair of Sorrel boots suffice? I realize they won't be optimal, but I'd like to minimize my investment at the get go until I decide this is something I will continue to do.

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Old 11-08-2009, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hey, you could always just try renting a couple times ; and wrong section btw :P
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Would really suggest you get some snowboard specific boots. If you can rent a few times and take a lesson or two. Most resorts have a lesson and rental package.

That being said I did learn to snowboard in sorrels but that was over 20 years ago. We did modify the boots by using ski boot inserts and a bit of duct tape but I would not recommend it what so ever. Even had a friend who used plain work boots.

Highly suggest getting some snowboard boots.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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or if you still got those ski boots, drill some holes and t-nut/bolt them hard boots to a board...wouldn't even need them fancy bindings.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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or do the no boarding thing...strap/rope on the board
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I learned in my sorels

But no invest in snowboard boots because they are designed for what you are doing. The more comfortable the boot the better control you will have.

And I would think the price of sorels are almost as much as snowboard boots
Well, I already own the Sorels

Thanks for the responses folks. I will suck it up and buy some snowboarding boots.

As for the suggestions of rentals, that's nice but there is no rental shop in my yard I have some nice terrain for practicing and getting a few runs in every day, which will help the learning curve. I have actually spent several days snowboarding in the past, but that was fifteen years, 30 pounds and a knee surgery ago.
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Well, I already own the Sorels

Thanks for the responses folks. I will suck it up and buy some snowboarding boots.

As for the suggestions of rentals, that's nice but there is no rental shop in my yard I have some nice terrain for practicing and getting a few runs in every day, which will help the learning curve. I have actually spent several days snowboarding in the past, but that was fifteen years, 30 pounds and a knee surgery ago.
if you go to your local snowboard dealer they should let you rent a pair for a season. the place near me does atleast.
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