Buying Snowboard Boots

Boa BootsBuying your first pair of boots?

Buying boots over the net can be tricky to get the perfect fit, we advise you to come in store so we can help you find the best boot for you!

Why do you need a boot fit?

Our staff have years of fitting boots and pairing the right boot with your riding style and foot shape so it is important to provide clear commincation during your session so that the staff can help guide you into a boot that will work for you (we rely on your feedback and final say if you think the boots will work for you).

Boots can also take time to settle around your foot and become the most comfortable so you should always keep in contact with your local board store if you are continuing to have issues with your boots as they can sometimes make adjustments reduce foot pain.

Boot Flex

Boot flex refers to the softness or stiffnes of a boot when moved. Personal preference plays a big part and not all soft rated boots are made the same so always make sure you feel the boots as you move in them to guage their flex rating. Traditionally soft boots to mid flex are more forgiving on beginners and are also worn by those riding freestyle or park as the rider is able to adapt and move quickly in them.

Speed Laces in Snowboard BootsA stiff boot will provide less ankle movement and increased response straight through the binding to the board edge. Mid to stiff boots tend to be preferred by those riding big mountain or freeride and powder. And like everything in snowboarding this can be contradicted depending on your preference as a rider or by combining a mod-stiff boot with a soft snowboard.

Lacing Systems

Whats the difference? How will it affect my wallet, my experience and snowboarding?  

Traditional Laces are the tried and tested method for doing up your boots, they can make a boot cost effective and easy to replace laces if they become damaged. You may find the downside to laces as they can untie unexpectantly or be hard to manage with gloves.

BOA System have become a popular choice for many first time boot purchases as they are quick and simple to operate. A turn style disc which crank cables tight when turned and a simple pop forward of the disc to release tension and release the boot.

The Boa system can come in a single Boa or Dual Boa option where by the lower lacing system and upper lacing areas are able to be individually adjusted. Dual Boa offer more flexability and can be more expensive than a single Boa system. Boa cables can break (but also be fixed) so if this does happen you wont be riding for the rest of the day.

Boots with Laces

Speed Laces are much like the Boa system however instead of cable you have dual zone nylon lacing system so you can quickly tighten the lower or upper of the boot making adjustments quick and easy. The laces lock into various grip systems so be sure to test these out and make sure they wont slip. 

Do I Really Need Snowboard Socks?

Technically you don't need to wear a waterproof jacket at the snow, but it will definitely make your day that much better. Socks are the same, snowboard socks are designed with padding through the pressure zones and thinner where they need to be. Reputable socks also tend to be made with good quality materials like Merino/Bamboo etc helping to reduce stinky situations, let your feet breath and wick away sweat (everybody wins).