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bindings and boots - what are hard and what are soft

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
ok, bit of techie stuff here,

any one have recommedations / experience regarding stiff bindings and boots rather than soft boots, when would you use them, what type of board they are appropriate for, can they be used at any level of experience of rider, or any type of riding. What types of bindings (Flow/others) are considered hard etc.

I mainly ride piste or hopefully off piste and I feel at the end of a days riding my set up is a bit squidgy and perhaps I need something a bit harder

any comments ??

edited to avoid confusion with hard boots, I mean normal snowboard boots


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Fri 21-09-07 9:46; edited 1 time in total
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rayscoops, hard boots refer to old school boots (which were pretty much the same as ski boots) with a binding similar to the ones you see on some snowblades. They are used today mainly when racing (boardercross for example), or by those that refuse to modernise their equipment! In any case, they're not ideal for offpiste (because of the set up i.e. both feet face the same way).

Modern (ratchet or flow) bindings and boots are usually referred to as soft.

you want to look for a stiff board and a high quality binding that you can ratchet up well. I have a boot by 32 which claims to be one of the stiffest boots around. Although not as stiff as a ski boot, it does offer a lot more support than the old boots I used to have.

It's quite normal for the boot to loosen up through the day, not much you can do about that. But look for a boot which has a locking lacing system - I have that and it does seem to help.
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nice, I mean normal snow board boots, whether soft or stiff, similarly normal bindings, whether flexible or rigid regarding foot movement in the binding, sorry for confusion Blush
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rayscoops, Embarassed
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rayscoops, anything labelled 'freeride' will be stiffer than 'freestyle' but it's usually down to the balance sheet . . . the more you pay the better design, materials and construction . . . though it's hard to tell where the crossover is between performance, bling and retail greed stands.
I'm in the market for new boots and I'm having a real prob finding shops with stuff in-stock I want to try on espesh for 32s. I want real light and uber stiff as I've a older V'stiff board I want to play about on with a forward stance and get into some proper high-speed carving.
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My Burton Motos are okay but they have a little too much give in the lacing and and on the front for my liking. My Flow Eleven bindings are proper snug and are pretty stiff and very responsive, but they are kind of wasted with the boots I currently have.

Will definitely be getting some new boots before Xmas but I have to tell my head that it's function over form that dictates the buy and not the other way round!!
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my Burton Tributes seem a bit soft, but never tried any other boots (apart from hire) so not sure what the alternative is, they seemed fine when I tried them on with the boot fitter chappy
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