HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BOOTS REGARDING YOUR LEVEL?
To get the most fun out of snowboarding, and to choose the right boots, it's important to identify your skill level.
- Beginner: If you are just starting out or you are at an intermediate level, we recommend you choose flexible boots for greater tolerance, agility and comfort.
- Advanced or Expert: If you are at advanced or expert level, we advise you to opt for more solid, rigid boots that will support your foot, allow good weight transfer, and give better handling.
INFORMATION AND ADVICE
Do not over-tighten your boots at the beginning
Whatever your boots' fastening mechanism (laces or Boa cable), it's important not to over-tighten them at the start of a day's snowboarding. After a few descents, your feet will tend to swell up, leaving them compressed if you have over-tightened your boots. Furthermore, over-tightened boots can often leave the feet feeling cold. Lightly tie your boots for the first two or three descents at a lower speed. You can then re-tighten them need be. Be careful too of your fastenings! The straps should not press too hard on the foot as this can cut off your circulation.
Choose the right socks
Of course, socks keep the feet warm. But if they are too thick, they will reduce the interior volume of the boot and compress the foot, leaving you with cold feet. For optimum comfort, wear socks that are neither too thick nor too thin. A good compromise, for example, is the Wed'ze RNS 700 model, which, as well as having the right thickness, also offers anti-friction zones in the shin area.
Heat-mould your boot liners
Some snowboarding boot manufacturers today sell boots featuring heat-moulding liners. These liners can be heated and moulded to the shape of your feet, for maximum comfort.
Store and care for your boots correctly
At the end of a day's snowboarding, remove the liners form the boots to ventilated them and allow them to air-dry overnight. Be careful not to place them near too powerful a heat source, as this risks them losing their shape. Put the liners back into the boots the following day, once they have dried thoroughly. To clean your boots, use soapy water, rinse in clean water, and air-dry.