Along with bindings, snowboards are vital in transferring the movements of your body to the snowboard, not to mention protecting your feet and ankles from injury and the cold. There are three main types of snowboard boots available: soft boots, hard boots and hybrid boots.
Soft Snowboard Boots
Can be used with either strap in bindings or flow in bindings and are very popular with beginners and freestyler’s as they are comfortable to ride in all day and also walk in. They comprise two layers. The inner layer is insulated, as well as padded to ensure protection from heavy impacts. The outer layer is a lot more rigged to give the rider full control over the snowboard.
Hard Snowboard Boots
Similar to soft snowboard boots, these harder snowboard boots comprise a warm inner lining. The exterior though is made of rigid, hard plastic. They are used in conjunction with plate, clip in bindings. These harder style boots allow for quick turns and precise cornering which makes them the boot of choice for downhill racers.
Hybrid Snowboard Boots
Combine all the great aspects of both hard and soft boots. Along with having a tough sole, they offer enough flexibility above the ankle to allow for free movement. Hybrid snowboard boots are often used with step in bindings and may not be suitable for all setups.
Boots are a very important part of your snowboarding experience so it is imperative you really take care of them:
- At the end of a days snowboarding, remember to remove the inner lining from your snowboard boots to dry. Dry the liner for at least 24 hours, allowing the boots enough time to dry and air out.
- Be careful no to dry your boots in direct sunlight or heat. This can discolor and disfigure the snowboarding boots making them uncomfortable and mis-shaped.
- When storing your snowboarding boots ensure they are in a place with a constant temperature. Locations such as the roof, garage or shed are not appropriate as the temperature can vary significantly.
- To clean your boots use a damp cloth and some soap. Anything more and you can damage the outer of your snowboarding boots.
- At the beginning of the season it is important to check your straps and buckles to ensure they are in prime condition for the season. Get any necessary repairs done before you hit the mountain.