Get Your Snowboarding Boots
Snowboarding is a winter activity that keeps on growing in popularity. Like all winter sports, you need to have the right gear. You need to be protected against the cold and damp and you also need gear that protects you from injury. There is no doubt that snowboarding boots are pricey and so you must choose a pair that is going to give you the best performance.
The most important part of your gear is your boots. They must not be too hard or too soft. Your boots must also keep your feet warm. If you have never bought snowboarding boots before then it is best to seek advice from knowledgeable sales staff. To get this level of knowledge, you have to buy your boots from a reputable snowboard store. It is highly likely, some of the staff actually is snowboarders. If not, they are trained to sell the relevant equipment.
You may have to spend a little more to buy your snowboarding boots from a specialist store but it will save you a lot of grief. When you leave such a store with your boots you have the assurance you can come back anytime if you encounter a problem. You also have the assurance of boots that are of a high quality i.e. they will last. Very importantly, your boots will fit you properly. Ill fitting boots is a sure way to spoil your snowboarding experience on day one.
When you speak to the sales staff let them know in which location you will be boarding and if you are a novice or not. This information helps them choose boots that are best for your situation. Try on a number of different models with different brands to find a pair that is wide enough or narrow enough for you. Make sure you take along a pair of socks you will actually wear with the boots when boarding.
If you are a big person then you may need a boot that is stiffer (the same as experienced riders). Stiffer boots give better support to heavier weight. If you lift your foot off the ground and flex your ankle (like you are pushing a gas pedal) but can’t, the boot is too stiff for you.
Lacing also makes a big difference to how your boots function. There are two main kinds of lacing. You get traditional lacing and the modern speed lacing. Traditional lacing is just long, strong laces and easy to replace. However, it takes a long time to get your boots laced. Speed laces are made up of one or two laces and all it takes is a tug to get the whole boot laced up. It is easy and quick but need a specialist to replace them.
Snowboarding boots should be regarded as a piece of equipment that enhances your performance, comfort and enjoyment but also keeps you safe.