Snowboarding enthusiasts are keen on purchasing the proper equipment and accessories to prepare for the season. Snowboards, clothes, and accessories are sold by many vendors and brands. The safety and success of the snowboarder heavily relies on knowing how and why to select particular items to participate in this sport. Let’s discuss how to shop for snowboarding boots that will work for all snowboarders at a Newbie or Novice level.
How Snug is Too Snug?
Size is an important factor to consider. Most are made to fit true to size. Keep in mind that brands tend to differ in fit even if they share the same size. It is recommended that they are tried on if it’s the first time snowboarding boots are being purchased or if it’s an introduction to a new brand. As long as they don’t cause pain, the boots are supposed to provide a snug fit at first. After some use, the boots will usually loosen up and provide some comfortability. If they are loose from the start, safety may be compromised. Toes should have a small space between them and the front of the boots. They should also have enough wiggle room. Test by ensuring that a finger could fit in the back of each boot. The heel should remain in contact with the insole of the boot regardless of any type of movement.
3 Main Types of Snowboard Boots Lacing Systems
- The classic way of lacing is most popular amongst snow boarders simply because of the simplicity of replacement. The issue that most people run across with these laces is that they tend to loosen while in use. This is not an ideal scenario for beginners.
- Zonal lacing is more appealing because the laces could be tightened at both the forefoot and ankle/calve by quick pulls even with gloves on.
- Boa lacing is a unique dial system used to tighten the these areas as well. They are usually manufactured with 2 to 3 dials that could also be adjusted with gloves on.
To Flex or Not to Flex
The flexibility of the boots, also known as Boot Flex, is also a common characteristic that snowboarders concern themselves with. Manufacturers usually rate the boots on a 1-10 scale from softest to hardest. The softer the boots are the more flexibility they allow. Newbies tend to opt for the softer boots for comfort. Experienced snowboarders prefer a stiffer pair of boots due to the secure hold and stability provided while moving at fast speeds.
Boots that are worn out should be replaced before hitting the slopes. For frequent snowboarders, the replacement window usually falls mid-season. Those that snowboard on occasion or special events may be able to utilize a pair for more than one season. Researching and reading customer reviews are highly effective in making a smart purchase. Look for comments or educational blogs on fit, durability, safety, and style. Making an informed decision can make the investment of snowboard boots worth the loss of time and money.