Snowboard Boots - Anyone know a list of boots with integrated liners?
I have size 11 (uk) boots, which makes it difficult to find a board to fit, and stop catching my toe edge. Last time I hired some crummy boots and so am looking to get some boots of my own. I have tried adjusting my stance to duck but can't get used to it, and have tried adjusting the height of binding so im less likely to catch an edge, but is now starting to get a real pain when doing sharp carving turns. I know Ride make a intergrated boot/liner but they don't have a lot of choice and are difficult to get a hold of in the UK to try on. Salomon make something similar but am not sure what they're like. I've only ever ridden burton. Any advice would be appreciated.
I think the main problem you are having is your board is too narrow for you. You dont want to be forced into riding heavily ducked just because thats the only way you can ride without overhang. You should allow about 1 cm over hang either side of your board, i think you would be much better off with a wide or midwide board as its not your boots thats the problem its the width of the board you ride. Ive listed some wide boards below, im not sure on your level of riding so ive listed boards for begineers up to advanced riders.
Boards like the Decade and the Makinean come in both wide and regular sizes so watch out for that. Hope this helps, Good luck
Baz is right on. It's not the boots it's the board. Size 11 uk is size 12 us and that needs a board with a waist width of around 25.5 cm's.
Also, boots with integrated liners (liners that don't come out) are terrible....absolutely terrible. And they aren't necessarily smaller than boots with removable liners. And boot fit is so different between all the manufactures and styles that it's hard to advise on the net. You really need to go and try on as many pairs as possible and don't fall victim to the trap of buying your boots too big. A good fitting boot is one that fits tight in the shop. So tight you'll think it's at least a half size too small. Boots always stretch after a few days of riding and if they fit perfect as new, then they'll be too big when they've been broken in.
Boot manufacturers that I like are Burton, Northwave and Salomon. 32 makes a good boot but they are notoriously high volume (meaning they're big for their size) and it sounds like you want to avoid that. But just because I like a boot doesn't mean it'll work for you. Be sure to try on as many boots as you can.
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