Snowboard Boots: Hard or Soft?
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January 6, 2000
Member since 12/29/1999 🔗
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I am thinking about getting some hard boots and bindings for my board. Some of the riders I see doing some of the fastest, sweetest carving out there, have hard boots.

My Graham board is indeed a downhill board, not a freestyle board. It has a pretty narrow sidecut and is very stiff. But it came with strap on bindings, so I got soft boots.

I really like the freedom of movement and all around comfort of the soft boots. In fact, that was one of my innitial reasons for leaving skiing behind and taking up boarding, comfort.

These days, I'm usually going a lot faster, so I think that I'd really appreciate the extra control and stability at speed that hard boots can provide.

How about it? Does anyone out there use hard snowboarding boots?

February 18, 2000
Member since 12/29/1999 🔗
14 posts
Gee what a great question. I even have an answer now. "I do."

I just bought the full Burton Alpine setup while I was in Lake Tahoe.

The boots are Aigner european hard snowboard boots, with a great deal of forward lean built into the boot. The bindings are Burton alpines and the board is the Burton Factory Prime 164.

Riding this board is like driving fast an out of control truck. It's stable at speed and very fast, but is a handfull to carve turns. Unfortunately I have only ridden it for one day on crowded slopes. I need to really open it up on some empty slopes to get it down.

More accurately the board takes me for a ride and not the other way around. It goes very fast and seems to have a built in gyroscope which automatically stands the board upright and points it downhill. It takes a lot of energy to turn and hold an edge. It is lots of fun, very fast but tough to learn.

But I see that this is the nature of alpine riding. I think that I'll be buying a helmet soon.....

February 18, 2000
stick to the soft boots so you can do jumps
January 19, 2001
I've got gotten back from my 2nd day of using by alpine board w/hard boots - I've been boarding on softboots for 7+ years. It's fun, and a challenge, not at all for beginners, as it's easier to learn w/soft boots. Learning how to make those beautiful sweeping carving turns is coming along nicely, but mogels and bumps are pretty much out of the question.

I had my alpine board for a couple of years (bought it when I was an employee at a ski shop), before I was able to find hard boots in my size (Woman's size 7) - finally located them in Canada. So, if you're thinking of getting a hard boot/alpine set-up, I recommend getting the board and boots at the same time.

January 19, 2001
Member since 04/1/2000 🔗
198 posts
I know that ski boots are not intended to be used as alpine board boots, but can't they be used for alpine boarding? Do they not fit alpine bindings?
Disclaimer: before I got soft snowboard boots, I spent some time using Korean-made Sorel-clones. I don't use them anymore, nor would I want to.
I hope this doesn't sound too newby-ish.

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