Buying Guide for Kids Snowboard Boots
More often than not, people put little thought into purchasing a decent snowboarding boot for their little one. Heck, even adults pay little attention to getting the right snowboard boot for themselves! This is a critical mistake because a poorly fitting boot can ruin your entire experience. Your grom could have the best snowboard and bindings in the world, but if they have a pair of bad boots, their best gear is rendered useless. If you select a size too big, your grom’s feet will be shifting around inside the boot forcing them to work unnecessarily hard. Not to mention that it is a good way to ensure they get blister. Get a boot too small, and your grom is going to have cramped feet and be unwilling to shred due to foot pain. See? What good is their gnarly gear now? Don’t worry, Snowboards.com is here to help you with the process of selecting the optimal snowboard boot for your grom.
What Boot Size is My Kid?
This is very straightforward. What is your kid’s ACTUAL shoe size? We emphasize “ACTUAL” because the normal practice is to buy shoes that are slightly larger than actual foot size. Snowboard boots are very different from normal shoes. Your grom wants as little movement as possible inside the boot while still remaining comfortable.
The most difficult aspect of shopping for a snowboard boot online is not being able to have your grom physically try the boot on. To help with this, snowboards.com has a return policy that allows you to bypass this hurdle and make your purchase with the peace of mind that you can exchange it in the case that the boot does not fit. We do want to ensure that when you receive your snowboard boots, you take the appropriate steps to have your grom try them on properly.
Tip: Before you have your kid try on the boot, make sure their feet have warmed up first. Consider after school when they get home or after playing outside. Our feet can swell up to a half-size when we are snowboarding so it’s important that your grom try on the boot when his/her feet are at the largest.
Make sure your kid is wearing their snowboard-specific socks or at least a thicker pair. Regular socks just do not cut it for sizing boots or snowboarding for that matter. The added thickness of snowboard socks affect how boots fit. Equally bad is wearing two layers of socks. This is doubly bad for sizing and is also bad for keeping your feet dry.
Just a quick mention, snowboard-specific socks are made specifically to wick moisture away from your feet to keep them warm and dry. It would be good practice to pick up a pair for your grom if you haven’t already.
Unlace the outer boot then do the same for the liner inside. Give your kid plenty of room to enter the boot as it will take more effort than getting into regular shoes. Once their feet are firmly planted in the boot, begin lacing the liner then continue to do the same for the outer shell.
When you are lacing up their boot, you want to make sure it’s tight, but not to the point of discomfort. Do the same for the outer shell.
Have your grom start walking around the boot and also have them start balancing from heel to toe. The boot should be snug, but still comfortable. If your kid feels significant shifting inside the boot, then it is a bad fit. Their heel should remain fairly locked down and toes should be lightly touching the tipof the boot. This snugness is important as all snowboard boots will “pack-out” (loosen up) after a few days of usage.
You might come across a situation where the boot seems to be a good fit and fairly comfortable, but with a pressure point or two. Try loosening the laces in the area your grom is complaining about and tighten around it regularly. If your grom has a BOA or speed lace boot, try loosening it just a bit. Alternatively, you could loosen their liner a little bit and tighten the shell normally. Basically put, play around with the lacing. The important thing here is to keep movement inside the boot to a minimum.
If you’ve made it this far, it’s time for you grom to do a little carpet session. Have them strap into their bindings and snowboard. Then have your grom mimic snowboarding movements such as heel toes, ollies, and nollies. See if there are any issues during this step.
That’s it! If your grom made it to step 5, give yourself a pat on the back for choosing a good boot for them. Just remember, snowboard boots pack out after a few sessions. So don’t be alarmed if your grom finds him/herself tightening the laces more. Check out our selection of boys snowboard boots here and girls snowboard boots here.