Snowboard boots are usually designed to conform to one’s feet specifically. That’s why renting then from the resort, though an option, is not recommended. However, when you buy your new pair, it may not feel comfortable at first. This is because they to need to be broken into. Fortunately, there are ways you can break them in fast so that you can enjoy your favorite sport. Read on to learn how to break in snowboard boots and more.
How Long Does it Take to Break in Snowboard Boots?
Normally, it takes about 1-2 weeks of riding to break in your snowboard boots. After about 10 days, they will loosen up and fit like a glove. This can be a long time if you want to get right in and enjoy snowboarding or lack the patience to wait until your boots get comfortable enough for your feet.
Breaking in Snowboard Boots and Making Them More Comfortable
While most boots come with heat moldable liners that allow you to make them more comfortable for snowboarding, some may lack these. Assuming they have, their different ways you can mold them to your feet. You can either just ride with them for some days, loosening up snowboard boots with the natural heat. Another option is to have them heat molded in a store. For DIY heat molding at home for stretching snowboard boots, you will need the following items;
- 3-4 pounds of uncooked rice
- A short 2 by 4 piece of wood
- Old socks
- Thin tube socks
- Thin wool or synthetic snowboard socks
Here are the steps to follow:
- Fill the thin socks with rice, putting more rice in one sock than the other, and tie knots at the end.
- Put them in the microwave and leave them for 4-7 minutes.
- Remove footbed from the liner and replace your liner in your boot.
- Ensure you keep the boot loose to make it easier to insert the socks with rice.
- Once the socks are ready, pick the one with more rice by the knot and put it in the liner.
- Keeping the boot loose, tap it on the heel and toe until the rice has fully filled the foot section of the liner.
- Close the calf, place the other sock in the top and lightly tighten the boot to keep the liner even.
- Now leave the rice in the liner for about 10 minutes, cutting the toe off the two old socks while waiting. These will help expand the toe area of your boot for extra wiggle room.
- Put on the two toe socks over your toes and then put your snowboard socks on.
- Then wear both your boots, even if you are molding one at a time, to keep your legs in the natural position.
- After the 10 minutes, remove the rice and put back the footbed in the liner and place the liner into the shell.
- Step into your boots and loosely tighten them before stepping onto the 2 by 4 board with your knees bent, and lean forward gently.
- The board will help you naturally flex the boot.
- After 10 mutes of molding, the liner will have cooled enough that you can take it off and repeat the process on the other side.
Other stretching tricks include wearing two pairs of thick socks and lacing them up tightly. This will help make it tight, and thus stretch.
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Using the above ways for loosening up snowboard boots is a quicker way for them to conform to your feet and feel comfortable. A tight boot shouldn’t be the reason you can’t enjoy your snowboarding as you’d want to.