Arguably the most important part of your snowboard gear, snowboard boots can make or break your day on the mountain. Snowboard boots must fit comfortably, correctly, and work well with your bindings. Don’t skimp here; snowboard boots are where it pays to spend a little more money and time getting the right fit.
HOW SHOULD YOUR BOOTS FIT?
Snowboard boots should fit snugly, but not to the point where they cause pain. Most boots need several days of riding for them to pack out and form to their true size, and as a result should be fairly tight when brand new.
In a good fitting boot your toes will gently graze the boot’s toecap and you should be able to wiggle your toes inside the boots. Heel hold is another important factor. When your knee is driven forward your heel should remain in place; this is important for board control in toeside turns. Remember that socks also play a part in boot fit - a single thin to medium weight wool or synthetic sock is all you need. There is a fine line between a boot that is too tight or uncomfortable and one that is too loose and gives heel lift. Give our customer care team a call if you have any questions and/or schedule a personalized snowboard boot fitting session with one of our expert boot fitters online today!
TYPES OF LACING SYSTEMS
Traditional laces are the tried and true option for your prototypical rider. Easy to use, traditional laces are very customizable but often loosen during the day. Despite this, many snowboarders stick with this classic system for easy lace replacement and a tailor-made fit.
Boa® lacing systems offer fast and easy micro adjustability to your boot fit. Boa® systems use a ratcheting dial attached to a cable. The turning and locking can be done with one hand and also with gloves on. Boa® closures are often offered as a double or even triple system, with one dial controlling the forefoot tightness and one or two controlling the upper cuff tightness.
Faster than traditional lacing systems. Many quick-pull lacing systems allow the forefoot and ankle/lower leg to tighten independently from each other, this is called zonal lacing. This type of lacing system is fast, easy, and can be tightened while wearing gloves. There are many different types of quick-pull lacing systems that vary from company to company.
The best of both worlds, a hybrid lacing system uses the ease and reliability of traditional laces for the majority of the boot, however uses a dedicated Boa® system accross the middle of the boot to lock your heel into place. This offers infinite options for on-the fly adjustability, putting pro-level response, flex, and function literally at your fingertips.
COMMON SNOWBOARD BOOT MISTAKES
• Buying boots that are too big.
• Taking advice from friends about boot fit/size. Friends may give you what they think is great advice about boots that work for them. While we aren’t saying you should call your friend a liar, you should take into account that their foot size and shape is probably different from yours. Boots that work great for them may not necessarily work for you.
• Snowboarders often spend the majority of their budget on the board and bindings while letting their boot considerations go to the wayside. Finding the right boot shouldn’t necessarily be about price, but instead should emphasize fit and comfort. Buying a boot because it is cheap is potential recipe for discomfort. You don’t necessarily need to buy the most expensive boot for a great fit but making sure that is the case should be your top consideration.
• Buying a boot based on looks alone and not fit.