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Buyers Guide Snowboard Boots __LINK__



A comfortable and correct fitting pair of snowboard boots can be the deciding factor between an amazing day on the mountain or a miserable one. Simply put, understanding how snowboard boots should fit and perform is an essential factor for a proper snowboard set up. This guide will quickly explain everything you need to know about fitting snowboard boots so you will know how to buy the boots that are best for you and your riding style.




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When choosing a pair of proper fitting snowboard boots, your toes will barely brush up against the end of the boot liner while standing in place with the boot fully laced up. Your toes should not curl or feel any pressure on the tips of your toes, but rather just graze or be as close as possible to the end of the boot liner. As you bend your legs and crouch down into a snowboard-ready stance, you should feel your toes pull back ever so slightly resulting in a proper fit. It is important to note that you should always wear a proper pair of snowboarding socks when trying on boots and while riding.


There is a reason that snowboard specific socks were created. Wearing your everyday cotton socks on the mountain can lead to improper boot fit, frozen feet, increased fatigue and general discomfort. Snowboard socks are designed specifically to work with your foot and ankles' natural articulation. This leads to less bunching of the sock in your boots and a reduced risk of discomfort from long days of riding. These specially designed socks also offer added warmth, moisture wicking properties, and increased comfort.


Snowboard boots use traditional US number sizing, but actual boot sizes can vary by manufacturer and even by model within a single manufacturer's line. For example, the outsole of manufacturer A's size 11 might be slightly longer than the outsole of manufacturer B's size 11. Similarly, there are some boots specifically built with a low profile. The shorter outsoles of a low profile boot allows a rider to use a narrower snowboard. Additionally, the ramp angle on snowboard bindings also partially determines how large of a boot you can put on a particular snowboard.


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Snowboard boots are often presented in a spectrum of flexibility, ranging from soft to stiff. Boot flex is often a personal preference, but flex does align roughly with the type of snowboarding you do.


Accordingly, shopping for snowboard boots in a store has advantages over shopping online. If possible, visit an REI store to examine boots in person and try on several pairs to gauge what best suits you. If that's not possible, call us at 800-426-4840 and consult with one of our experts.


Boot flex roughly aligns with different types of snowboarding. For example, soft-flexing boots are often used for freestyle/park riding and beginner all-mountain riding. Personal preference on comfort and fit are considerations, too.


Snowboard boot sizing matches standard footwear sizing. Be aware, however, that a size 9 in one brand may feel different than another brand's size 9. If possible, shop for boots later in the day, since feet naturally swell to a larger size during afternoon and evening hours. In this short video we show you how to try on snowboard boots:


If shopping for boots in a store, wear synthetic or merino wool snowboard socks during the try-on phase. These thin, smooth-faced socks allow moisture to pass through easily while producing less friction and fewer hot spots. Bundling your feet under multiple layers of bulky socks is a recipe for a sloppy stance.


Step one is making sure your snowboard boots have the right fit. Your snowboard boots should be snug, but not uncomfortable. You want your toes to be touching the end, but not curled up and contorted. A nice tight fit will ensure responsiveness from your boots, but an uncomfortable fit will guarantee an unpleasant and painful day on the mountain.


If your snowboard boots are too loose around the ankle, your heel will rise off the footbed when leaning forward, making toe-side turns imprecise and hard to control. If your boots are too spacious in the toe-box, you will lose control of the micromovements necessary for seamless command over your board. The right fit is imperative when buying snowboard boots.


More importantly than the size of the rider, however, is the style of the rider. Beginners will want a softer boot as it will be more forgiving and easier to control. Additionally, freestyle riders who spend their time in the terrain park will generally prefer a softer boot, as that flex provides a more playful feel and