Construction of a Snowboard Boot

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Getting out onto the mountains and enjoying the great outdoors during the winter is a great way to get exercise and stay active. Many people enjoy this winter pastime and partake in it regularly. If you are just starting out and are interested in snowboarding, you may be wondering how to pick your first set of snowboard boots. This is a big decision as it will directly impact the health of your feet as you snowboard. An important thing to keep in mind when selecting snowboard boots is the construction of the boot itself. If you understand how they are made and what each part of the boot is supposed to do, you will be on your way to the slopes in no time.

Liners

Liners have a big impact on how a boot feels. Liners in high- end boots will often be made of heat-moldable foam that will give you a more custom feel and better fit. They may also have a better closure system and ankle harnesses or removable “J bars” that can help increase stability for your ankle. This helps prevent sprains and blisters down the road.

Sole materials

Different boots have different soles depending on their intended use. Those designed for freestyle and terrain parks will tend to have soles made of lighter materials like blown rubber or EVA. These are lightweight and offer great cushioning. In some instances, you may need more traction. Look for a boot with a rubber sole in these situations.

Upper materials

Most snowboard boots are made of synthetic materials, but as you get into the more expensive boots, you might find leather options which generally hold up better.

Insoles

All boots come with a standard insole, but these insoles do not typically offer as much support as a pair of after market insoles, or a custom made orthotic. If you want good stability and shock absorption, consider buying a new pair of insoles or make an appointment to see a podiatrist to be fitted for custom orthotics.

Selecting a pair of snowboarding boots can have a big impact on your snowboarding experience. Sometimes, if a selection is too hasty and the boots fit poorly, you will end up with an unintended foot or ankle injury. If this happens, call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Blank can help mend your snowboarding injury. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.