The most important piece of your snowboarding kit is..?

  Posted by sneakerfreaker on Tuesday 21st January, 2014 @ 10:57 GMT News Category: Equipment | Visited 3406 times
Arguably, the most important piece of your snowboarding kit is not your board. Sure, your board is specifically chosen by you for precisely the activities you enjoy, from casual all-mountain use, to off-piste trailblazing, to jibbing your way through a freestyle park. Obviously, there are more options than any one rider will be able to adequately explore in a single lifetime. But no matter what kind of riding you enjoy, it's critical to have quality boots, suited to your style of riding and personal comfort.
It's generally accepted that freestyle snowboarding necessitates a softer, more flexible boot, all-mountain use is better suited to a stiffer boot, while free ride and racing is best accomplished with rigid boots to enhance stability. That said, there still exists a frosty rainbow of options regarding how to get the fit and stability you desire, in the end, it's up to the individual

One of the ways Snowboard boots have become more sophisticated in the past couple decades is in the area of lacing. Really "lacing" is sometimes an understatement, but we can all be thankful that boot manufacturers haven't started calling the increasingly high-resolution solutions for holding your foot to your board "foot security options." Here are three of the most widely-seen variants.

First, you have conventional, traditional laces, usually called "trad" laces (as seen on TheClymb). These are from the school of "if it ain’t broke, don't fix it." High level of adjustability, ease of use, good security for your foot. Counts on you being able to successfully tie your shoes, which can be a trial in below-zero temps, or wearing heavy gloves.

Second, you have systems that use what are commonly called "quick pull" laces, like Prion's proprietary "Fast Track" lacing boot bindings system. Adjustable across discrete areas of the foot, quick, and secure, without constant adjustments.

Third, you have the too-sophisticated-to-really-be-called-laces "Boa" system, so called for its ability to securely grip your foot like a misguided South American constrictor snake. Boa system Boots with a use a dial-adjusted network of high-strength cables to keep your foot as stable as possible without ceasing their molecular movement.

With some small investigation, you can find the perfect boots for your needs, without putting a bite on your park passes.
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