Having snowboard boots that fit properly is essential to having a fun time on the slopes. We’ll show you how to try on snowboard boots, including how to do a shell fit, how to tighten the boots and what to look for as you flex the boots and examine the fit. Shop REI’s selection of snowboard boots at http://www.rei.com/c/snowboard-boots.
Boots are arguably the most important part of your system, so getting the right size is essential. You’ve got a new pair of boots. How can you make sure that they’re the right size? Start by removing the liner and stepping into the shell. Make sure you’re wearing thin wool or synthetic snowboard socks. Slide your foot forward until your toes are lightly brushing the end, and stand up. A good-fitting shell should have enough room behind your heal to fit two fingers stacked. If you only have room for one finger, you’ll need to size up. If three or more fingers fit, try a size down. Finally, pay attention to the ball of your foot. Your foot shouldn’t be touching the sides of the shell when you stand.
Next, replace the liner, step into the boot, and lightly tighten it. Keep it snug but not quite as tight as if you are riding. As you stand up, you should notice your toes lightly brushing the ends of the liners. Lean forward like you’re starting a turn. As you rock back and forth, pay attention to how much your heel lifts. You should feel only very slight lifting as you rock forward, and your toes should pull back slightly as you flex the boot.
Most people’s feet are not exactly the same size, so make sure to repeat the whole process with your other boot. The rest of your boots should feel very snug. Keep in mind that liners pack out with use and will end up roomier at the end of the season than when you bought them. The first time you try on your boots is the tightest they will ever be. To recap, slide your foot to the front of the shell and check the room behind your heal. Replace the liner, step in, and tighten the boot. Flex the boot several times to make sure your toes pull back and your heals are locked in. Repeat the process with your other boot.