How stiff should my snowboard boot be?

This typically ranges anywhere from a 4 out of 10 to a 7 out of 10. Those all-mountaineers that prefer a more playful ride should go for a softer flexing boot and those that prefer a more aggressive ride should lean more towards a stiffer flex.

What are soft snowboard boots good for?

A softer boot will give you more movement in your ankles and feet, better for pressing, grabs and anything where you need mobility and flex. You will feel the board more, and the snow. I enjoy that but they come with less support and your feet can also tire quicker if riding hard.

What is a soft snowboard boot?

Soft flex: These boots make walking easier because they’re crafted of comfortable and resilient materials.

Are snowboard boots supposed to be tight?

You want the boot to feel snug, and your heels should only lift up a little bit while flexing the boot forward. You may want to strap on your snowboard, standing on the carpet. Keep in mind that your brand new boots are the tightest they will ever be, and liners will pack out up to a half size.

Should my toes touch the end of snowboard boots?

Snowboard boots should feel snug everywhere—snug at your heel, instep, and toebox, and your toes should barely touch the ends. So don’t freak if they feel too tight at first because if they fit “just right” straight outta the box, chances are you’ll be screwed in a week.

What’s the difference between stiff and soft snowboard boots?

A tall, stiff highback goes well with stiffer boots for edge control at high speeds, while a shorter, more flexible highback is ideal for enhancing the maneuverability of softer boots. A good binding should match the size of your boot and fit snugly without pinching for the best performance.

What are the pros and cons of snowboard boot flex?

Snowboard boot flex choice can boil down to what your preferences are, but it is often tightly correlated with the type of riding you do, your ability level, and sometimes how big you are. There are pros and cons to each flex.

What’s the downside of a stiff snowboard?

The downside is that if you’re learning to turn, or looking to do low-speed tricks, stiff boards can feel twitchy and ‘plank-like’. Carbon rods are commonly used to add stiffness and pop without significantly increasing weight.

What are the different types of snowboard boots?

Snowboard boots are typically categorized as soft, medium or stiff. Soft flex: Soft-flexing snowboard boots have comfortable, resilient materials that are easy on your feet for long days on the mountain. Medium flex: These boots provide a balance of mobility and support for all-mountain performance and comfort.