Maine, Everywhere Else, and Mostly Upstate New York
I just bought these boots as an upgrade from my 2009 F20's. I was ready for something a little stiffer, but I learned the hard way all the sizes are different. Even though they use mondo sizes, the 23.5 is way bigger than it was in '09. Order at least half a size smaller than you think you need. They are longer through the foot and wider in the toe box.
The "F" in F22 stands for Fusion. It has a fusion liner to save on bulk. That doesn't mean you can't heat mold them though. You just need to put the heat sticks (usually in shops w/ 32) in them to mold them. It's a great boot that I love because of that fusion liner saving on all that bulk and ensuring that all the movement you put into your boot isn't getting lost in small movements between the shell and the liner.
XL, but they adjust so much it's amazing!!
Any binding will work anywhere. It's all up to you! It depends on what your old bindings are, and if you liked that support or not. I have a similar binding, and I love them and can ride them anywhere, but someone stronger/taller may want something stiffer for all-mountain. Generally you want a softer binding for park riding. I think they are a great all-mountain, go everywhere binding!
No, you'll need a medium.
It should be OK, I put women's bindings on JR boards all the time. The best thing you can do is check it out. You'll want smalls, but I have a feeling that the highbacks will be too high for your boots.
It depends on your boot. The make and model make a huge difference. For a size 6, you could go in a small, but it might be really tight depending on the boot. You could go with a medium to be safe, but might end up with slop. If its low profile- small, if it's big and cushy, a medium. (If it's K2, then small)
I wear a 32 size 5, and a burton size 6. It depends on the model you are trying on, because the toe box can make or break a size depending on your foot shape. 32 does fit quite a bit wider, but not as drastically for girls as they are for guys.
I wear a size 6.5 street shoe, and I wear a size 5 in thirtytwo. It takes a while to break in, but it's the only size I can wear where the boot doesn't end up too big. I would go no bigger than a 5.5 or 6 for sure.
Yes, each company uses the same mold for all their boots. It might feel different because of different flex patterns and different materials though. The length will be the same.
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!
These boots are great for the littlest of feet. The boot is cut pretty short, so I would not recommend the sizes 4 or 5, but the sizes 2 or 3 are great! Super easy to get on and off and the lacing system is easy enough for the little ones to do all on their own.
A wider boot would be better, which the kiana is, and you can always add a footbed.
I like a stiffer boot better. It works more like a ski boot and will allow you to spend a lot of time skinning without your ankles going a whole lot of work. I've found that the more you ask a soft boot to flex, the faster it'll break down, and will get too big too fast, and eventually cause major heel-slippage. To me, the stiffer, the better :)
I got these pants last spring and I think they are really great. Just simple pants that look great. Mine didn't have vents though...watch out. They do, however, have an awesome little drawstring in the pockets that pull up the heel of your pant so when you are walking around your pants don't drag and get all tattered. So awesome.
This jacket is really great for someone who just wants to have one jacket for the whole season. It is super warm, and the inside liner is so comfy you'll want to wear it around all of the time. The material of the shell is really soft, way different than any other jacket I've tried, but is really waterproof too. I found that even if the jacket looks like it is getting wet, you'll stay dry on the inside.
I would size it up one size though, it fits true to size, but if you want some looseness in it for riding, you might want to size up.
I'm the same exact height and weight, I ride a 143. Depending on how long you've been riding. This board is soft and bends really easily...you would probably be ok with the 143, even if you are new to riding. On a 139 you have to be concerned with ending up with a stance too narrow, where if you bump up to the next size, you could play with it all you wanted and never really run out of options. Also, once you start doing pressure tricks and getting jibby, you don't want to have to worry about falling off the end of the board all the time. Get something that you'll advance into, not something that is perfect right now.
I got this board at the end of last season, and I can't believe how much I love it. Coming from the stiffer side of snowboards, I just wanted something fun and jibby to play with, and I totally got it in this board. The rocker is amazing and makes it not only super nice to get jibby with, but really floaty in the fluffy stuff as well. It held up at speed amazingly well on the trannies (I was surprised) and is so light and poppy I got way more height than I've ever gotten before. Not so much for laying down carves on groomers, although it can happen ( I found it just takes some more oomph to get the board up and over the edge), but totally made for the park-rats/future pros in us. :)
I never liked K2 boards before because they always felt way too wide on my size 5 foot, but this one rocks.
Be ready to have to wax it a lot...the extruded base is worth it though.
This board is for girls who want to RIP! The super aggressive sidecut on this board make for crazy-fast edge-to-edge control, and it is super poppy once you can get it to bend.So fun, not for the timid riders by any means, but when you think you are ready to start showing the boys up, this o
PS- I love that forum sells softgoods in the same patterns as the graphics on their boards!!
Usually when I size boots I go smaller. I wouldn't try on your boots with the thickest pair of socks you have, because the boot is going to blow out as it gets worn. When I'm trying on boots, I go with what is comfortably tight with just liners because then I know that when my boot does blow out, socks can help me keep the boot fitting longer. It really all depends on the manufacturer, as I am sure you know no one sizes their shoes the same way. Just make sure that your entire foot has good contact with the boot and that there aren't any uncomfortable pressure points or spaces between your foot and the boot. Ensure there isn't any heel lift and that while you can feel your toes at the end of the boot, you can still wiggle them.