If you are heading out on the slopes during the coming months in Les Arcs in France, Island Lake Lodge in Canada, or anywhere else for that matter, then you will need to make sure you’ve got all the proper gear. A snowboard, jacket, gloves, helmet and suitable clothing are all obvious and important pieces of equipment, but your snowboard boots are also just as vital.
Having boots that are the wrong size or that are damaged can ruin your snowboarding holiday and make it incredibly uncomfortable when carving up the piste. So for those of you who are heading to the peaks and parks to try your latest moves, what should you look for when choosing your snowboard boots?
What's your style?
There are a lot of snowboard boots to choose from, so first you need to work out what your riding-style is. Establishing this will make it a lot easier to find the best suited boots. Are you a mountain, freestyle or powder rider?
As an example, if you like the thrill of riding fast down the slopes, then you are probably after a more responsive design, which tend to be the stiffer models. If you are a fan of park riding, then chances are you will want something a little softer, so that it’s easier to move about. For the more casual snowboarder, you are less likely to be demanding when it comes to design, so nearly all boots will probably be suitable for occasional trips to the slopes.
Having decent gear can make you feel ready and confident to master your skills, although you need to be realistic when setting yourself a budget if you are looking to buy snowboard boots. Top of the range boots could cost you £100 - £200; but is this needed if you only go to the slopes once a year? On the other hand, if you are well beyond beginner stage, then this will likely be a wise investment. Therefore, work out how often you go snowboarding and how much you are willing to pay for a pair of new snowboard boots.
When you first get your new boots, it’s best to wear them in first before you set off on a full day’s boarding session. To do this, wear them around the home and try testing how they feel with socks too. It may also be worth putting on your gloves and seeing how easy it is to adjust the traditional or quick pull laces so that you don’t encounter any troubles when snowboarding. Once you’ve found a good level of comfort, you will be ready to take to the slopes and cruise in the snow.
As long as you are comfortable in your new boots, you should be able to do jumps, turns and other manoeuvres with ease. If at any point you feel uncomfortable or your feet begin to hurt or ache, then you may need to check if you have the correct sized snowboard boots and make any changes as required.