Forums The Gear Room Fitwell Backcountry 295 for Afterburner M Viewing 8 posts - 1 through 8 (of 8 total) Author Posts May 26, 2015 at 6:56 am #782197 panduri 9 Posts Hi all, I have Sparks Afterburners M, I plan getting Fitwells, 295. Are they going to fit the M or I would need to upgrade to L? May 26, 2015 at 9:07 am #782198 panduri 9 Posts Also do I need Wide board? May 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm #782200 jimw 1421 Posts The size M and L baseplates are the same length, only the width is different. The Fitwells aren’t super wide compared to most regular boots, so your M Afterburners should be fine. Dimensional specs here: http://sparkrandd.com/core/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SMLBaseplateSizingAB.pdf You might need a wide board depending on your stance and the particular dimensions of your board. I have the 295 Fitwells and there is definitely more toe/heel overhang than my regular Burton boots. I hate wider than normal boards, so I took a belt sander to the boot soles and rounded off the toe and heel and bit, which helps with some of the overhang. Still not much time on the boots (still looking for liners that don’t suck) so I don’t know if that little mod will cause any problems, but I suspect it will be fine. May 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm #782201 firstlight 721 Posts panduri Jimw is correct but the heal cup is longer so it is slightly longer with the heal cup adjustment. I used Lrg with the heal cup all the way froward on 285 fitwells, but there was a lot of slop in the heal of the boot vs the healcup of the bindings. Go to a shop and test it out Adam West www.firstlightsurfboards.com.au www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au www.splitfest.com.au www.snowsafety.com.au www.mrbc.com.au www.backcountryglobal.com www.alpinefirstaid.com.au May 26, 2015 at 9:19 pm #782217 jimw 1421 Posts Thanks for that info, I just thought about the heel cup after I posted that and was wondering if it was different. Anyway FWIW I’ve ridden with my 295 Fitwells in a size M Afterburner (and M heel cup) without the heel cup being positioned all the way back, and the boot seemed well centered on the baseplate. Also, the heel of the Fitwell is pretty narrow compared to a standard snowboard boot so if anything I think the M heel cup would fit better. You may also need lengthen your straps, particularly the toe strap as the toe of the boot curves up and the toe box overall takes up more room vs. a standard boot. I found it worked better with a size L Burton capstrap that I swapped in. May 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm #782221 panduri 9 Posts Thanks for the replies. I have a 255 Rossi XV, little wider then usual boards, do you think it will be fine? May 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm #782224 jimw 1421 Posts Maybe, I guess I’d say try it with your stance and see. I just got that same board, and found that the split version measures narrowed than the specs in all width dimensions (nose/waist/tail) by a couple mm, so it’s probably right on the borderline. With that size boot every mm makes a difference. May 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm #782229 panduri 9 Posts Hey Jim, so we have the same setup 🙂 I tried them today with the board and bindings, I would say they are just on the borderline, I wish the ankle strap was a notch longer but it will be just fine on the last hole. Thank you for the input, cant wait the snow to test them… long summer ahead Viewing 8 posts - 1 through 8 (of 8 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.