How to choose your snowboard boots?
Here is EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLEX, FEATURES AND CUT WHEN CHOOSING YOUR SNOWBOARD BOOTS
Many buyers spend hours drooling on their boards in their local shop, without really realizing that the choice of the right pair of boots is at least as important ... if not more. A snowboard of the fire of God will be of no use if you have your feet completely crushed like sardines when you wrinkle. There are three basic things that dictate the choice of a boot: its flex, its "functionalities" and its cut.
After reading this, you will be able to head quietly towards our selection of men's boots, or that for girls, and make the right choices!
1. THE FLEX
A little like boards and fix, the flex of the boot is a matter of personal taste, but one can still list general rules. The more rigid boots are mainly used by free-riders and very good park riders, who really need serious ankle support for big kickers and concrete receptions. Boots with a softer flex are usually those that jibbers, freestylers, and beginners will prefer. Finally, for flex, you always come back to your personal tastes, so it's worth trying a few different boots to see what suits you best.
What is called "functionalities" are the different technical attributes of the boots? Some features are universal and common to all but not all boots. Here are some examples that you should pay attention to when choosing your model.
The lacing system varies from one brand to another and from one model to another. While traditional laces are still widely used, 'Boa' wheel clamps are now very popular, like other fast lacing systems. Burton has launched this year a new equivalent of the Boa system, which they call 'Speed Dial.'
The slippers also vary, with the different lacing systems and the more expensive generally offer optimal support. Most are now thermoformable.
The heel reinforcements and the tabs offer support to your foot when you turn and give this ratio flex/rigidity.
The outer soles offer grip and are there to cushion the big receptions, although they also add a little weight.
The inner soles offer additional cushioning inside the boot, especially at the heel, but are mostly there for keeping the foot in the boot.
Internal reinforcements at the ankle help prevent the heel from lifting and improve the fit by locking the boot.
The cut is a bit the adjustment of the boot to your foot. This is the most important criterion when choosing a pair of boots. Let's be honest; nobody wants to end up with bulky feet at the end of the day! Here's our six-step guide to finding the perfect cut:
1) Measure the size of your foot correctly. Remember not to measure only the length, but also the width. Your snowboard shop should be able to help you.
2) Evaluate well the "type" of your foot. It is a question of knowing the shape of your foot when you look at it from the side. This is basically determining whether you have a strong arch or not. The probation feet are more flat, while the supinated feet have more arch of the foot. The different brands base their boots on different shapes, so it's worth trying them to see what suits you best.
3) Perform the "insole test." Pull out the inner sole of the boot and place your foot on it with the heel well back on the back. The toes should not protrude but should be close to the front end.
4) Test the toes. Put the insole back into the boot, put it on and tighten it as if you were going to ride. Put your feet up, and your toes must touch the slipper a little. Lean forward as if you were turning and your toes should move slightly away from the end of the liner.
5) Test the heel. Lean back and forth. If you feel that the heel lifts more than one centimeter from the slipper, it's worth taking a size underneath.
6) Do the thermoforming of your boots correctly. Most boots today have thermoformable slippers that fit your foot after being heated. Most shops will help you do it; you just have to put on the boot, squeeze it well and hang around like that. It's boring but effective. There is the blow of the hair dryer.