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I just purchased a pair of 2008 Burton Q...
I just purchased a pair of 2008 Burton Q boots womens size 8I am new to snowboarding and have never owned a pair of boots before.I have previously rented Burton boots from the resorts, always size 8. however when these arrived and I tried them on, they were incredibly tight. I bought them on Ebay, so I cannot return due to them being the wrong size. I researched the liner, and found that i can take out the "L" things inside the boot... I walked around in them in my house, and they made my toes numb. :/ Am I just S.O.L or is there anything I can do to make them fit a little easier?
You aren't SOL. The boots you were renting had been worn a lot so they were already packed out. You have to wear the boot a lot to get it to pack out. Everyone's boots are going to be uncomfortable the first few times they wear them, just because there is so much fluff and cush in there, they are tight at first, and then all that stuff breaks down. I always recommend wearing your boots one whole day in the house, just watching a movie or something. You can also play with the lacing- your first few days don't lace up the liner. Then when your foot is used to that, you can lace up the liner, but leave the toebox a little loose. Soon, you'll be able to tie up the whole boot regularly, but until your foot is used to it just keep playing. I usually spend a few days just riding in my new boots for just a few runs before I have to change them back to my old ones. Having them a little too small now is better then just right, because they'll be too big after just a few days!
Where are the laces?!?!?!?
This boot sounded like a great idea; speed zone lacing and all. Not the case. The tongue bit the top of my right foot to the point of numbing. The laces decided to loosen up and not stay locked in place while I was at the top of a run. With all the slop in the boot (from the laces not tightening properly) I did cartwheels down a double black; luckily, I didn't get hurt. These boots would be great if actual laces existed!!! The stiffness of the boot was perfect- too bad you can't make it stay on. Another bad Burton product :(
These boots are great, they give you the best control. They stay true to being the stiffest womens boot Burton makes.
I previously owned two pairs of Burton Sapphires, and even though they were really comfortable I always felt they got broken in and squishy way too quickly. After buying the Q Boots due to their stiffness, I couldn't be happier! They have great support, and do most of the work for me so my legs aren't tired at the end of the day. I love them!
Stiff is the key word
I recently upgraded to the Burton Q from my 2006 Sapphires. The stiffer Q boots make for a completely different riding experience. These boots are much more responsive, which makes it easier for tight turns but eliminates the smooth feeling of cruising down the mountain that I had with my old boots. It took about an entire day to get used to the difference in responsiveness, but eventually I think I'll like them better as I get more accustomed to riding with them. I usually wear a size 8 shoe but I bought them in 8 1/2 and I'm glad I did, as my toes still touch the end. The lacing system is pretty awesome compared to standard laces. Overall, an excellent, high quality boot.
This is a super comfortable boot with a lot of support. It has a Therm-IC pre-wired liner, but DOES NOT come with a battery pack. A nice option if you want to spend the extra $$.
I'm an advanced rider currently riding...
I'm an advanced rider currently riding Burton Sapphires which I love, but they are pretty worn out with about 75+ days of riding. I mostly ride trails and trees and don't spend too much time in the park. I'm considering upgrading to the Q or Supreme but am a little concerned about upping the stiffness factor so much. I understand the pro of more control but is there a compromise with comfort or any other reason I shouldn't change?
There are lots of stiffer boots out there that are still comfy!!! Just make sure the inner liner is cushy enough to kill any hot spots! I hated the Q's just because the laces don't stay tight and the liner is too hard; like cardboard surrounded by a bit of foam.
What about heel slippage..i have really...
What about heel slippage..i have really skinny heels
They'll have boomerang-shaped foam pieces you can insert into the boot to tighten it on your heels a bit.
so on this boot if I typically wear a size...
so on this boot if I typically wear a size 9 shoe what size boot would I get
I would recommend getting a 9. They are pretty true to size.
I'm a girl that typically shops for boarding boots on the men's side of the aisle because I can't find a boot that is stiff enough...alas, no more! I LOVE these boots, and now realize what I was missing by trying to wear men's boots. At first when I got them, I ordered 1/2 a size up because Burton women's boots have always seemed too small to me. When the boots arrived, my toes were pressed pretty far into the front of the boot but after riding them 2-3 times they started to pack out and the comfort and control set in and fron there on out, the Q boots were positively delicious. Now, after about 1/2 a season of twice per week riding, the boots are positively heaven for my feet, no matter what the weather. They are rugged, warm, and have held up so far quite nicely for a season of demanding riding. On a final note, I have the white, and have had no issues with discoloration, so if you're craving the white, stomp on! :)