It is true that buying ski boots is a big investment: more importantly, if they don't fit correctly or if they're not the right type for your style of skiing, you won't have a good experience on the slopes. Here's how to choose just the right boot for you.
-- First of all, it's important that you do a little homework ahead of time before going into the ski shop at the sporting goods store. Not all boots are created equal: that brand name boot that you may have your heart set on buying because it looks amazing may not serve you well on the mountain. The internet has tons of sites dedicated to which kind of boot is best for which kind of skier: take advantage of this information, and go into the shop with a pretty good idea of what you're looking for.
Once you and the salesman have settled on which brand and style of boot will suit you best, the next step is to make sure that those boots will fit you just right.
-- If the salesman doesn't suggest it, ask to borrow a pair of ski socks to wear when trying on the boots. Or, if you're really on top of things, you will have brought a pair from home with you. It is absolutely not a good idea to outfit yourself with boots while wearing a single or two pairs of regular street socks. It just isn't the same.
-- When buying regular shoes, you can usually tell just by slipping them on if they're going to fit you or not: it's not always necessary to tie the laces. But when getting fitted with ski boots, how they fit across the TOP of your foot is just as important as whether or not your foot fits into the soles. So put your foot into the boot and make sure to fasten every single one of the clips securely in order to see how they'll feel on the mountain.
-- Although your toes should touch the front of the boot, there should be enough room in the boot so that when you simulate a skiing position by bending your knees, your heel should settle back into the heel cup and your toes should come away from the front of the boot. When moving your feet around, you should feel no points of pressure or feel any kind of pain. Unlike regular shoes, ski boots will not "break in" over time. If it hurts now, it will hurt later.
-- Make sure that the upper parts of the boots do not restrict your calf muscles or feel too tight. If they do, try another style or another size. The problems you experience in the store will only be exacerbated by your movements on the ski slopes.
It's worth taking the time to select just the right boots with just the right fit. Skiing is a sport that demands a great deal of time and money, and you won't want to spoil your fun and waste your precious resources by not getting the right equipment to begin with.
Having a snowboard doesn't have much point if you are unsure of how to use it. The hardest part is getting started, but once you learn how to started, all it takes is practice. To learn how to get started so that you have something to practice, read on.
First and foremost, find a snowboard that is the right size for you. Snowboards differ in width and length and greatly affect how you perform. Getting a board which is the wrong size for you can make snowboarding much more difficult. Consult a store clerk or do some online research to ensure a fitting board.
Skiing is quite similar to snowboarding. In snowboarding, the movements involved, the way you move/position your body are very similar to skiing. Once positioned, take a few deep breaths and relax your muscles, stressed or not. It is important to stay relaxed, because tensing up increases your chances of obtaining an injury.
Staying relaxed includes not locking your knees. Think of your knees as if they are shock absorbers, going over bumps and divots is going to hurt them, so be sure to keep them slightly bent and relaxed.
Now that you are on a fitting board, positioned and relaxed, ride the board with your front foot strapped in and try to go across the hill before attempting to go down it. Once you are comfortable, strap in the other foot.
Use your front,(not back) foot to steer as you start going down the hill. While pressing your heel down, lift up your toe. Move your hips backward, and you are snowboarding! To stop, simply turn yourself so that you are facing up the hill. This will slow you down and you will skid to a halt.
The knowledge of how to snowboard isn't very useful if you don't have a snowboard. Use the following advice and choose your board accordingly.
Freestyle boards are most popular amongst beginners, as learning to turn with the board is fairly easy. The nose and tail of this board are identical, which is an uncommon feature. It is moderately short, wide, and flexible. Buy a soft and short boot for this board.
Freeride boards are boards used for a variety of snow types and terrains. Industrial in its design, you can go off the trails or on the trails or wherever you find snow. Its design is long and thin. There are both freeride and freecave boards, although they vary slightly in their performance. Buy soft and tall boots along with soft bindings.
Alpine or Race boards are often used in competitions. The board is thinner than other boards, making it more stable, and enables it to reach high velocities and take quick turns. The tip is less curved and the tail is almost flat, allowing for the greatest edge contact between the board and the snow. There are both the giant slalom and the slalom boards. Buy a boot similar to a ski boot, as it will provide the maximum support and control.
Now that you know the steps to start snowboarding, get out there. Just remember,if you still feel uncomfortable, you can always take lessons.
During the summertime you will be able to wear all kinds of shoe styles that are fit for the sunny weather, such as sandals, high heels, flip flops and ballet flats, but once the autumn begins to draw in you might want to overhaul your footwear choices a little bit. This is because the autumn brings with it rain, wind and colder weather that sandals and flip flops definitely won't stand up to, so you could be left with particularly cold and wet feet if you don't make a few changes.
There are many different kinds of shoe that you could wear once the autumn starts to come in, and you will be pleasantly surprised to find that many of these styles are absolutely ideal for the wintertime as well. You won't need to end up with wet feet before you have even reached your destination with these shoes, so you can stay outside for as long as you like.
One of the most popular autumn footwear choices is the boot. There are quite a few different styles of boot, most notably the thigh high, knee high and ankle boot. Not many people can pull off the thigh high boot, although they can look amazing on night's out, but the knee high boot is one that many will find useful when it is looking a little wet and windy outside. These boots can be worn with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts and dresses and can keep your legs nice and warm. Go for heeled knee high boots if you would like to add a bit of extra height.
Ankle boots are also very versatile and can be worn when it is just a bit nippy outside. They can look excellent when paired with dresses and can also be worn with skinny jeans. They can be bought in a range of colours too, so you could get a pair that would suit you perfectly. There are a lot of different heel heights that come with ankle boots as well, so if you wanted to add some height you could.
Of course, wellie boots are a must for the autumn as well, when you can guarantee that there will be more than a few downpours. If you notice that it's raining outside, you can just pull on your wellies and trust that your feet will stay nice and dry.
Why not start searching for the ideal pair of autumn shoes now to make sure you're fully prepared?