How Should Snowboard Boots Fit?

You’ve just received your snowboard boots in the mail or you’re preparing for a trip to the shop to try them out. But how should a pair of snowboard boots fit and feel, and what is the right way to try them on?

How Should a Pair of Snowboard Boots Fit?

Your toes should just brush the end of the boots. You should be able to wiggle them, but they shouldn’t be too loose and if you can curl them, the boots aren’t tight enough.

A snowboard boot needs to fit snug, and if it’s even just a little loose, you may want to try a different pair. After all, those boots won’t get any tighter. The more you wear them, the looser they will become, so if they’re not quite right now, they’ll just get worse with time.

How to Try on Snowboard Boots

Follow these steps to try on your snowboard boots and make sure they fit as snugly as they should:

  • Wear Your Boarding Socks: Wear the socks that you will actually wear when snowboarding, as they may be thicker and will create a tighter fit. Most snowboarding socks are made from merino wool which may trap the heat. It’s normal for your feet to feel hot, but once you get out on the slopes, you’ll cool down.
  • Loosen the Lacing System: Undo all of the laces and make sure the boot is loose and open. Snowboard boots may have multiple lacing systems to loosen. There should also be some paper stuffed inside the boot to help it maintain its shape.
  • Wear the Snowboard Boot: Holding the tongue, slide your foot into the snowboard, lifting the tongue up and out as your foot slides inside.
  • Be Patient; Don’t Force It: The snowboard boot may feel very tight and awkward to begin with. The lacing system and padding may also make it difficult to slide your foot inside. Be patient, and don’t force it if it’s too small.
  • Reposition: Once your foot is inside the snowboard boot, you may need to reposition it. Tap your heels on the floor, bang your toes against the wall, and push your heel down until you feel more comfortable.
  • Tighten: When the snowboard boot feels comfortable, you can tie the lacing systems. They shouldn’t be too tight, though, as you may restrict your circulation.
  • Try Them Out: The final step is to stand, walk, and simulate riding in your snowboard boots by assuming the position. Make sure they feel comfortable, check for pressure points, and pay attention to how your toes feel inside the boot.

Summary: Finding the Right Snowboard Boot Fit

You can buy snowboard boots online. It’s the quickest and easiest way to shop and you can also save yourself a few bucks. However, you’ll need to be very precise with your measurements for that to work and you should stick with companies that have a very generous returns policy.

Alternatively, you can head to your local shop and try some snowboarding boots. Try on a few different sizes and styles and don’t buy anything until you find the perfect boot size.

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