Post subject: Hikeable Boots for Backcountry Riding
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:02 pm
Joined: Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:56 pm Posts: 7 Location: Nederland
I'm new to this forum, and yes I know about the search. I had the Burton Sable women's boots last year and hated them. I broke a couple plastic parts on them, broke the internal lace, and wore the tread off them. In the BC, I couldn't hike more than 3 hours in them before my feet started screaming at me. At the end of most long days I couldn't walk downhill and felt like I had club feet. I don't have a split board yet and use snowshows in the BC.
What are the most durable soft boots out there for BC and lift-served? What works for hiking in for 12 hours?
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:43 pm Posts: 439 Location: Western Washington
I would say some sort of plastic boot, but that would restart the soft vs. hard thing again. The single most important things for foot comfort will be good footbeds and thermo liners, properly molded to your feet. Both have been my feet salvation, as it were, enabling me to be in my boots moving w/o the foot pain you so eloquently described! I had a pair of Flexible Axels at one time that I couldn't walk across the parking lot w/o extreme pain. Superfeet foot beds made them able to be ridden in for a half day before foot pain set in. Also modifying how you walk/snowshoe will help. Use a mountaineering step, placing your foot flat with each step, instead of rolling your foot like you walk on the street. Less stress on the ball of your foot, and more energy efficient.
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