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Snowboard Boots Question

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There are two main ways of coming down a hill at a skijo, ski or snowboard. I'm a reasonably good skier, and given the number of days each year I can get out that probably won't improve. Given that I'll never be a great skier I thought I might learn to snowboard. Not that I would stop skiing, it would be so I could do both. Get twice the fun out of the few days I get to the snow. The idea is that in a few years I would ski when it's icey and no powder, and board when there's a bit of powder.

 

So I searched the net for all the info I thought I would need, and one thing stood out. Buy the boots first. To this end I tried on some boots last Monday. After wandering round Kanda and finding nothing in my size, I went to the Burton shop near Shibuya. Tried on a pair of size 12's. They were a bit tight at the front. My toes touched the ends.

 

Now the question. I wear size 12.5 shoes, the 12 Snowboard boots were a bit tight, will they pack out enough to be a good fit, or should I go to a 12.5. This would mean going to a Salomon, as they are the only brand I have found that do a 12.5.

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I always buy my boots so that they fit.......the liner will pack out.....eventually, but I don't wanna have sore and crumpled toes until they do. I'm a US 10, which means I can get shoes to fit me here pretty easily. I actually went into Sports Depot to try a bunch on, then when I saw a pair I liked I had a search online and bought them for cheaper......this time on Rakuten, so it was nice not to have to pay the extra costs bringing them over from the US

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Snowboards boots pack out quite a bit. I would recommend something that feels too tight to begin with if you wish to have a good fit down tge track.

Comfy in the shop =heel lift later on.

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But it all depends on how many times you use them in a season.......if you are out 50 plus days then it might be a problem for that season, if you only get out 10 days then those boots will still last many seasons......as my previous ones did. When I buy them, they aren't roomy, they are a snug fit, but there is no discomfort or pain in the toes

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My boots pack out in about 10 days. I wore size 11 boots for years, they fit great at the start but end up sloppy. Now I ride in 10s and they hurt for a few days but end up perfect. I bought another pair of 10s cheap and I plan on breaking them in slowly, only riding them every second or third day to minimise the pain ;-)

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My Burton Hails were tight on the toes and never packed out after approx 30days of riding not uncomfortable riding but uncomfortable walking it maybe a Burton thing with the reduced footprint not ridden any other boots

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Snowboards boots pack out quite a bit. I would recommend something that feels too tight to begin with if you wish to have a good fit down tge track.

Comfy in the shop =heel lift later on.

 

I agree with this.

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Welcome to the dark side onehunga!! :clap: Obviously you saw the light at our grail day at Granview ;)

 

As for boots, I'd agree with what's been said above about going for a tighter fit. In an ideal world you would try the boots on and then strap yourself onto a board, because that's going to feel and fit differently to just walking around a shop. With my first pair of boots (Burton) I made the mistake of buying a pair that was confortable instore but ended up with heel lift problems on the slopes. My next pair (Salomon) were better but with my last ones, I actually went down a size so that my big toe rubs/hurts a bit when I walk but is a perfect fit when riding. Hope that helps! :wave:

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Yeah I had to adjust my bindings to get the fit right so if you can, strap into the same binding in the shop just to make sure they fit ok

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