Today’s reader question:
I’m buying new boots, how do I tell which boots are wider or more narrow than others? Are certain companies wider or more narrow?
Indeed, certain companies do make boots wider or narrower. It’s been a little while since I’ve been boot shopping, since I buy the exact same boots every season, but from memory here’s a rough breakdown of the brands:
- DC – wider than average
- Celsius – wide to really wide
- Nike – really narrow
- K2 – narrow
- Burton – about average
- Vans – average
- 32 – average to wide
Now, take the above with a grain of salt since it’s been a long time since I tried on most of these boots in mass and they might have changed in recent years and my memory might be playing tricks on me.
If angrysnowboarder reads this he’ll probably correct any mistakes I made :p Your best bet is still to always try on lots of different boots at the store since even boots from the same brand often vary in width.
I do know for a fact that Celsius is far wider than most brands, but that’s because I have pretty wide feet and I’ve worn Celsius boots exclusively for a few years now.
What I also recommend if getting your foot measured with a Brannock Device that most stores will have. That way you’ll know exactly how wide your feet are on the official measurement scale.
The easiest way to tell which boots are wider/narrower than others:
Ask the shop’s boot fitter. Shop staff can sometimes be clueless or make up nonsense, but out of everyone in a snowboard store, the boot fitter should be the one guy who will know which brands tend to be wider or more narrow than others.
Hope that answers your question.
ps – I go into far more detail on how to buy boots in the free guide below… if you haven’t picked it up already I recommend grabbing yourself a copy by leaving entering your email in the box.