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Selecting Snowboarding Boots for Maximum Performance

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Snowboarding BootsIf you select the wrong snowboarding boots, you set yourself up for a hard time on the snowy slopes before you even step foot on the board. Your body is directly connected to the board through your boots. It doesn’t matter how much natural talent you may have. If the boots are not a proper fit to your feet and do not comfortably connect to your board, then you will be more prone to mistakes and accidents. Before you even think about technique and tricks, you have to give serious thought to your boot selection.

There is a lot that you must think about when purchasing snowboarding boots. This is a big decision, but when you are whizzing down the slopes with a secure connection to the board and complete confidence, all the work will be worth it. By the end of this article, you will know everything there is to know about selecting the perfect snowboarding boots for your feet.

Your Feet are Individuals

Don’t worry about the boots your friends are buying or the hot boots seen all over the trails. Your feet are not like anyone else’s, so they should not be treated like anyone else’s. The truth is, some of the best looking boots are incredibly hard on the feet and can be so heavy they are uncomfortable when in action. The ultimate goal is to find boots that are comfortable on your feet, so forget about what everyone else is suggesting or wearing.

Give Yourself Time

Since comfort is so important to your performance on the trails, you have to give the boot shopping process some time. If you don’t find something that feels perfectly suited to your feet right from the start, then you need time to keep shopping around. This means you should start shopping as soon as you know you need new boots. This is even more important if you are purchasing your very first pair of boots.

Never purchase a pair of snowboarding boots without trying them on. In fact, you should consider trying them on wearing the socks you will be wearing when you go out snowboarding. If you can walk around in the boots for a little while in perfect comfort, then they may be the right ones for you. Make sure to compare different sizes to get the perfect fit.

Step-Ins or Straps?

There are different types of snowboarding boots.  The classical snowboarding boots have straps that hold your foot down to the board, but many people prefer the step-in boots that have a more innovative method of connecting to the board.

If the Boot Fits                  

The fit of your boots is the most important factor. When you purchase shoes for everyday wear you probably don’t think about making them last for years, but you want your snowboarding boots to last for years. That won’t happen if you don’t find a pair of boots that fit perfectly.

Bigger is Not Better

Many amateurs make the mistake of purchasing boots that are too large, simply because they want to make sure there is enough space for their feet. This is understandable, given the tough and inflexible nature of snowboarding boots. Unfortunately, this can cause serious injuries, so make sure you get boots that fit without a lot of extra room.

Maximum performance in snowboarding starts with your selection in snowboarding boots. Everything from your comfort while snowboarding to your level of control over the board will be determined by this one purchase. Take it seriously and give it some time.


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October 16th, 2011 at 6:12 am

Equipment Used For Snowboarding Can Be Found At Any Snowboarding Shop

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Scott asked:

For those who are interested in going on a first snowboarding holiday and need to know more about equipment used for snowboarding they would need to find a good snowboarding equipment outlet where they could find the type of board to use as well as other snowboarding equipment. The first and most important equipment used for snowboarding is obviously the snowboard and one may be quite surprised at first at the size of the snowboard, which is quite large.

When choosing equipment used for snowboarding and more specifically a snowboard, one should ensure that the length of the board should reach up to the person’s chin though there are exceptions such as heavier people need to choose a board that is longer and not so flexible. Also, in case of light persons, the board could be somewhat shorter and also more flexible. The width of the snowboard should be enough to prevent the feet from hanging over the edge and bigger feet necessarily require wider boards. One should also know that in the equipment used for snowboarding, snowboards can either be freestyle/freeriding or Alpine.

Snowboards, boots, clothes and glasses and helmets

The second equipment used for snowboarding is the boots which need to fit well and should also be comfortable. Not having the boots that fit correctly can inhibit control of snowboarding movements and correct fitting boots would boost self confidence and help in more adventurous snowboarding activities.

Generally, one may find soft snowboarding boots or hard snowboarding boots. Soft boots are light and provide good support and are most often used by beginners and are made up of an inner liner that is good for support and also an outer layer that provides traction and shock absorption and are flexible for performing tricks. Hard boots go hand in hand with Alpine snowboards and are quite like ski boots having a rigid back from the heel up and provides better edge when turning.

The next equipment used for snowboarding is the binding that links the above two items together and there are two types of bindings; one is the strap bindings and the other step-in bindings. Strap bindings are for beginner snowboarders and are mostly attached to the board, especially rented boards and have a high back plate to support the ankles and are similar to the support provided by the back of the ski boot. The strap-in bindings cause a lot of inconvenience as it involves a lot of bending to tighten the straps. Other equipment used for snowboarding includes clothing, glasses and helmets.

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April 14th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Snowboarding Beginners Tips

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Jason Storm asked:

Snowboarding is one of the extreme sports that is becoming more and more popular. A lot of people wants to experience the fun and excitement of riding down the slopes, exploring all sorts of tricks and having that feeling of adrenaline pumping in your body.

However, you have to master the basics if you want to ride like a pro. Here’s a few things that will make your snowboarding a much more enjoyable experience:

*Always choose a board that’s the right size for you. The board should be reaching somewhere between your chin and collarbone. For the beginner it’s a good idea to get one that’s a bit shorter and therefore easier to maneuver. For the width, the board should be just as wide as your boots standing across the top.

*The equipment you choose depends on whether you are intending to do the “freestyle/freeride” style or “alpine/carving”. Freestyle equipment uses a soft boot and a relatively short, maneuverable board, While the alpine board is thicker and heavier to give a more smooth ride.

*The clothes you wear also have a great impact on your snowboarding pleasure. The clothes you are wearing should be fitting but yet comfortably loose. In this way you can move with ease but you don’t risk to have the clothes getting caught in anything. Snowboarding boots should be comfortable and and not too tight, in opposition to skiing boots.

Don’t hold back on protection from the elements, get: goggles, good gloves, a hat or helmet and if you want extra protection for your tailbone and bottom pick up some protective pants.

When you are all set for the slopes, don’t forget to start off slowly. My recommendation is getting at least one lesson to begin with. Instead of “crashing and burning” like I did my first time, a lesson can save you lots of bumps and bruises!

Here is one of the most important keys to get the most out of snowboarding, be present and relaxed. I found that snowboarding can be a truly magical experience of being in the moment. It’s great to feel each movement, every twist and turn while you’re riding down the slope.

One more tip that is of great value is to practice tricks with friends. Even if you have some skills it’s a good idea to have someone nearby so you can look after each other. It’s not only fun to do things together, it’s also a great way to improve your skill. By sharing your tricks with one another you’re learning becomes both faster and easier.

Don’t miss out on the amazing experience that snowboarding can be. Get ready and enjoy the exciting moments on the slopes!

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March 23rd, 2009 at 4:11 am