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Welcome to the wonderful world of snowboarding! We are delighted to assist you in making the right choice among various snowboards, boots, bindings, or other snowboard-related items. Make the most of your next skiing trip with the snowboarding gear that suits you best!
Choosing the correct size of snowboard boots is essential to ensure comfort and performance. Measure your feet accurately and use the size chart provided by the specific brand you intend to purchase. Snowboard boots may feel slightly tighter than regular shoes, but make sure your toes are not overly compressed, and you still have some room for movement.
Snowboard boots come in various stiffness levels, ranging from soft to stiff. A soft boot is more forgiving and comfortable, suitable for beginners or freestyle riders, while a stiffer boot offers more responsiveness and precision, which is beneficial for advanced snowboarders and freeriders. Choose the stiffness based on your riding style and skill level.
To extend the lifespan of your snowboard boots, ensure you thoroughly dry them after each use, especially if they get wet. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Clean the exterior with a damp cloth and use mild soap if necessary. Avoid using heat sources such as heated boot dryers, as they can damage the materials.
Yes, there are snowboard boots designed for specific riding styles, such as freestyle, freeride, all-mountain, and backcountry. Each style demands different features in the boots. It's essential to choose boots that match your preferred style and the conditions you usually ride in.
Buying snowboard boots
There's nothing more frustrating than snowboard boots that don't fit well. Sometimes, in rental shops, you might get boots that are too big or don't match your foot shape. At Sideways, we consider boots to be one of the most important pieces of equipment that you should purchase yourself. Why? Because then you'll always know that you have good snowboard boots.
There are many different types of snowboard boots, such as freestyle boots, freeride boots, and more. Do you already know what you're looking for? Take a quick look through our collection of snowboard boots from Burton, Vans, ThirtyTwo, and Nidecker.
Which snowboard boots are right for me?
It can be challenging to decide which snowboard boots are right for you when shopping online. In our showroom, we are always ready to assist you in finding the perfect pair of snowboard boots.
First, there are differences between men's snowboard boots and women's snowboard boots.
Additionally, there are different types of closures to consider. These include the traditional lacing system, the increasingly popular BOA closure system (the dial), speed laces, or a combination of these various closures.
Shoes with a BOA closure
The single BOA closure is super fast and easy to adjust, even in the middle of the slope. With a simple twist, it tightens quickly, and you can easily open your snowboard boots by pulling the BOA knob. Thinking of buying new snowboard shoes?
Shoes with traditional laces
Snowboard boots with traditional laces are the most traditional type of snowboard shoes. Ever since snowboard boots were invented, laces have been a part of them. The advantage of laces is that you can determine the tightness of your shoes very precisely. Laces are also relatively easy and inexpensive to replace when they wear out.
Shoes with speed lace closure
The speed lace closure is essentially a cord that you pull tight like a lace and then hook it behind a special closure. It's a convenient way to close your entire shoe at once. Often, these laces can be tightened separately in different zones.
Combination closures on your snowboard boots
Hybrid closures combine different types of closures into one complete closure system. For example, think of having 2 BOA closures for different zones on the snowboard boot or a combination of laces and a BOA closure like with Vans. There are also many combinations with a speed lace and BOA.
Flex in your snowboard boots
Broadly speaking, snowboard boots can be divided into three categories. Snowboard boots with low flex are soft and forgiving. Then there are snowboard boots with medium flex and stiff snowboard boots with high flex. The last type of boots is often preferred by freeriders, carvers, or people who want a lot of contact with their board. You can imagine that a stiff boot with a flex of 7 or higher feels very direct and hard. Every movement you make is immediately transferred to your snowboard. This is perfect if you're already advanced.
If you're a beginner or looking for comfort, then go for a softer boot with a lower flex. This way, not every incorrect movement is immediately transferred to your snowboard. A softer boot can also be very useful if you spend a lot of time in the park and have to land often. This is simply less comfortable with a hard boot.
What size snowboard boots?
Our experience shows that many snowboarders have boots that are too big. Boots that are too big might feel very comfortable in the store, but once you start snowboarding, this will quickly become a problem. We always start by measuring your feet because measuring is knowing, after all. When you try on a snowboard boot, your first impression might be that it's too small. You MUST feel the front when you put on the shoe. Kick your heel on the ground so that your heel slides all the way to the back of the shoe. Close the shoe and stand in the same position as you would on a snowboard. You'll immediately notice that your toe is free from the front. We have written an extensive article about this: how to fit snowboard boots.
How tight should snowboard boots be?
Do you also suffer from cold toes or tingling feet while snowboarding? Often, this is a result of having snowboard shoes that are too tight. This, in turn, is a consequence of having shoes that are too big. During snowboarding, you want your feet to stay fixed in your shoes and not slide around. This affects the maneuverability. If your boots are too big, you tend to tighten them more so that your feet don't slide. This changes the fit of the shoe, causing pressure points that hinder blood circulation.
A well-known shoe brand
Did you know that Vans was one of the first brands to make snowboard boots? Vans boots are full of technical features, which is why they are highly regarded. For example, they have "Popcush" in the heels of the sole, providing extra cushioning after a hard landing. Additionally, all Vans snowboard shoes come with thermal liners that retain heat, keeping your toes nice and warm. Vans is also excellent at making closures. The top models like the Vans Infuse and Vans Invado have a hybrid closure, meaning they are equipped with a BOA closure along with traditional laces. With this combination, you can perfectly adjust the boots.
Burton Snowboard boots
If you've been snowboarding for a while, you are likely familiar with the brand Burton. Besides making good snowboards and bindings, the American brand also produces excellent snowboard shoes. For years, the Burton Ruler and Burton Photon BOA have been extremely popular. Especially the fit and the way the boots fit in their Burton bindings are favored.
ThirtyTwo snowboard shoes
ThirtyTwo is an American brand that focuses entirely on developing snowboard shoes. What ThirtyTwo is known for and highly praised for is the Long-Lasting Fit. Don't expect the boots of this brand to fit perfectly right away. Come to our shop and have the ThirtyTwo shoes heated so that they mold to your feet. Prefer to order boots online? No problem. You'll achieve the same effect after a day or two of enjoyable snowboarding.
When you watch snowboarding films regularly, you'll often see these snowboard boots featured. Jeremy Jones and Scott Stevens, for example, ride on ThirtyTwo boots. The models you frequently see are the ThirtyTwo Lashed and the TM-2.
Nidecker snowboard boots
A while back, Nidecker acquired the snowboard brand Flow. The names remained the same, such as the Nidecker Tracer and the Helios. Nidecker boots naturally fit well in any snowboard binding. The most perfect match with Flow bindings is Nidecker boots. The shape of the snowboard shoe fits precisely into the Flow binding.
Order the best snowboard shoes online
As mentioned earlier, a good shoe starts with trying it on. At Sideways, we have put together a wide collection of snowboard shoes for every type of snowboarder and foot type. If you are not near Nijverdal and want to order snowboard shoes online and need advice, feel free to contact us. Quickly browse our collection of boots from Vans, Burton, Nidecker, and ThirtyTwo snowboard shoes.
Still unsure about the best size? Please contact our customer service. You can easily reach us via email, WhatsApp, and phone. The best option is to come to our snowboard shop in Nijverdal. We will measure your feet and then find the snowboard shoes that best suit you based on the measurements and your preferences. Trying them on first is always the best option.
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