Snowboard Boots - Vans, Burton for top designs
Learn what to look for in snowboard boot designs. See the pros and cons of soft versus hard construction, step-ins versus strap binding. Get great online deals with the top manufacturer brands.
Comfort, performance and cost impact your snowboard boot buying decision. Let's look at what you need to know, in order to make the best out of this snowboarding gear decision.
Comfort in snowboard boot design is virtually guaranteed these days. Boarder boots basically come in "soft" or "hard" material construction, depending upon the primary use you'll give them. Free riders up to the most aggressive mountain-eating variety like the feel of soft snowboard boot designs, which give you a full day's potential of flexing comfort without the pinches and generally unforgiving materials used in "hard" boot designs."Soft" snowboard boots will combine leathers and synthetics into a somewhat looser fitting sport boot which will bend as you carve. And don't' forget that your boots must deal with frigid wintry conditions, which brings up the matter of insulation construction. To get the right combination of fit and performance with your snowboard boot, you need to wear several layers of socks, with the first layer a polypro like material acting to "wick" away moisture, and the second layer for insulation.
How does your "soft" snowboard boot design impact boarding and turning control? Although you might be inclined to flail or board haphazardly and out of control, you'll get some recovery benefit from bonks and bail-outs by the stiff high back plastic backing piece which is fitted into your binding's design. This rigid design element lines up with the "heel side" orientation of your boarding, giving you greater and extended control over your entire board so that you'll soon be doing fakie rides, or back foot forward, with ease and control.
Unlike the high back binding piece which extends upwards to mid-calf, the "hard" snowboard boot designs associate with alpine racing. Boarders competing in these downhill events require stiffer boots in order to get increased ankle support. With increasingly stiff construction, hard snowboard boots give elevated control and performance advantages over the more relaxed "soft" boot designs. In turn, the "hard" boot design removes the need for any high back binding tongue, relying instead on a plate binding connection not dissimilar to modern ski bindings.
DC snowboard boots can be researched at DC Shoes at Vista, CA 92083
Vans snowboard boots can be researched at Vans, Inc. at Santa Fe Springs, CA 90677 or Tel: 800.826.7800
Burton snowboard boots can be researched at Burton, Inc.
K2 snowboard boots can be researched at the K2 Corporation
32 snowboard boots can be researched at Life Lounge of St. Kilda Road, St. Kilda, Victoria Australia 3182
Salomon snowboard boots can be researched at Salomon, Annecy-Le-Vieux, St. Maurice, SA