Snowboard Gear Rental — A Women’s Guide to Snowboard Boots
If you dream of racing down the slopes with deep powdery snow under your board, then a proper pair of snowboard boots is an essential accessory to keep you stable and confident. But how do you decide on the right pair? Does skill level matter? Will the boots work with your snowboard bindings? How do you determine the proper fit? There are five important factors to consider when buying snowboard boots including specific characteristics. And the colors, styles, and patterns are plentiful.
Fit is the most important thing to consider when selecting your ideal boot because you do not want your boots to you any pain. The boots should fit snug, especially around the ankles, and feel comfortable with enough toe room. Any discomfort will cause continued pain and make snowboarding difficult and unpleasant. If your feet are secure and comfortable you will have the ability to steer better and make better turns. A good boot should fit tight in the beginning so that they eventually conform to their true size and fit to your foot in all the right places. As with any boot, you should be able to wiggle your toes but your heel should hold firm and be positioned solidly against the back wall of the boot. Your heel should not lift when you bend your knees forward. This will be crucial when making toe side turns.
Boot Flex means the softness or stiffness of the boot and the way it flexes as you move down the hill. Beginners tend to prefer a softer flex to allow for an easier learning curve, while avid snowboards usually choose a stiff boot to allow for faster speeds and the ability to take and land solid jumps.
There are a variety of lacing systems from the traditional to the quick-pull. Again, this is a personal preference with advanced snowboarders selecting the traditional option. The downside to traditional lacing is that they tend to loosen throughout the day and re-lacing may be necessary. Quick pull lacing will allow the user to keep their gloves on and is a faster than the traditional system. There is a third system called the Boa which uses a ratcheted dial attached to a cable. People with limited had mobility may find the turning and locking of this system easy and efficient.
Boot liners can either be a permanent fixture within the snowboard boot or can be of the removable variety. They are excellent for adding extra insulation and cushioning and help keep feet warm and fresh. Footbeds, or insoles, are also an option but should be fitted by a professional for the best results.
Preparing to select your proper size is like selecting any footwear. Snowboard boots use the traditional numbering system but like all footwear, the actually size will depend on the manufacturer and trying them on is a must. And always double-check that your boots will fit your current bindings.
If all these factors are considering when selecting snowboarding boots, you will be better prepared and have optimal performance when ripping the slopes.
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