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Sizing Guide for Snowboard Boots

 

By Steve Kopitz

 



The way that your snowboard boot fits, supports, and holds your foot and ankle is vitally important to the foundation of your snowboarding experience. Essentially your boots transfer energy from your feet, to your bindings, and subsequently to your snowboard. If your snowboard boots do not fit properly you're asking for a world of trouble. Select boots that are sized too large and you will end up working certain leg muscles more than necessary, resulting in cramps and increased fatigue. Select boots that are sized too small and your feet will hurt badly…very badly. To avoid all of these potential issues it is crucial that you take the steps necessary to get the right snowboard boots from the start. It is our goal with this sizing guide to provide you with the information necessary for you to make the right sizing decision.


What's My Boot Size?

 

Boot Fit

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What's My Boot Size?

 

 

How to Determine Your Boot Size

 

The answer to this question is pretty straight forward. The snowboard boot size that you will need is the size of the shoe that you wear. Now, when we say the size shoe you wear, we really mean your correct shoe size. The reason that we stress this so greatly is that while your boots size is what size shoe you wear, it should be understood that snowboard boots are not shoes, and they should not fit like them. When you buy a shoe, you will generally wear them with additional room and a little larger than necessary.

 

A snowboard boot is made for performance, and therefore if it is too big, your foot will move around instead of directly transferring energy to the boot and subsequently the binding. For this reason you want to select the smallest size you can without being uncomfortable. Snowboard sizing is the same as regular shoes, but as we’ve outlined already, many people exaggerate their shoe size larger than they actually measure.

 

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Men's v. Women's Boots

 

Women are built differently than men. Therefore their snowboard boots are built differently as well. Women’s calves are positioned lower on their legs than men. Therefore, the cuff of the boot on a woman’s snowboard boot does not come up as high. This creates a snowboard boot that is less restrictive and more comfortable for women. Additionally, women’s snowboard boots are generally softer from a flex standpoint, making the transfer of energy easier.

 

Women also tend to have narrower feet; therefore their boots are designed to compensate for this difference. If you have a woman’s snowboard boot you should select a woman’s binding to work with it. Additionally, if you have a woman’s binding you should select a woman’s boot to work with it. This will allow for a more precise and secure fit, making the set up for your board more responsive when riding.

 

 

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Boot Fit

 

 

How to Achieve the Best Fit

 

One of the most difficult things to overcome when shopping for snowboard boots online is the inability to physically try on a boot before making a purchase. Fortunately our return policy allows you to bypass this obstacle by purchasing worry-free, knowing that you can make an exchange in the off-chance the first try doesn't fit how you'd like. However we want to ensure that when you recieve your snowboard boots that you take the appropriate steps to try them on correctly. This will take help to eliminate any doubts you may have about whether you tried them on properly.

 

 

Tip: For the best fit we advise that you try on your snowboard boots when your feet are at their largest. This is typically in the afternoon, evening, or after a physical activity. Your feet can swell up to a half-size while snowboarding, therefore it is important that you try your boots on when your feet are at their largest.

 

 

Step 1: Put on snowboarding socks, or at least the thick socks that you plan on wearing when you go snowboarding. Do not try on your boots with regular socks. Although you may think that it is irrelevant, the added thickness of the socks matters a lot when sizing and fitting your snowboard boots.

 

Also, take note of the following misconception regarding socks and snowboarding. Many people believe that it is necessary to wear more than one pair of socks. This belief is incorrect because snowboard boots should fit snugly. If more than one pair of socks is worn extra room will exist that will make the size incorrect. It is all right if your toes are grazing the ends of your boots, just make certain they are not jammed. When you get into your snowboard stance your toes will actually pull away from the end, making your ride more comfortable. Plus your boots will eventually break in and you will have a bit of additional room available.

 

Also, not to mention, if you wear multiple pairs of socks your feet will begin to sweat more than they should. The sweat will in-turn freeze and make your feet colder.

 

 

Step 2: Loosen the outer (and inner if applicable) lacing of the snowboard boot and insert your foot. Before you begin attempting to lace your boot, make sure that your heel is locked in the heel cup of the boot. A great way of accomplishing this is to take your heel and do a kick back, where you simply position your foot at an approximate 45 degree angle (heel closest the ground) and kick your foot down to knock your heel to the back of the boot.

 

 

Step 3: If you have an inner liner, begin by tightening this first. Make it pretty tight while making sure your feet can still breathe and you're not cutting off circulation. Next, tighten the outer lacing in the same fashion as the inner.

 

 

Step 4: Take a walk around and see how your boots feel on your feet. Examine how well they are strapped around your feet, taking not of any isolated, painful, or stressed areas.

 

 

Step 5: Strap into or step into your bindings (your bindings should be attached to your snowboard). Simulate your riding position and shift your weight to the front and back of the board. While doing this, examine your boots to see if they are keeping your feet securely in place. Also make sure that your feet are not slipping to the front or back and that you are not experiencing any painful or stressful areas.

 

 

Step 6: While still strapped into your bindings and board, lean forward. Make sure that your heel is not lifting, but rather your entire boot, binding, and board are making the lean forward without any heel slip.

 

 

Step 7: Finally, when you try on your snowboard boots, please take into account that the more you use your boots, the less compact the inner materials will become. As a result, the boots will become less tight as you use them and the more comfortable they will feel.

 

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