PowSurf Boots

Client : What kind of shoes should I use?

Yasu : Warm,Soft, long boots that are water-proof, like Sorel’s, winter “gumboots” (winterized rubber boots).

Client : Aren’t snow board boots ok?

Yasu : Snowboard boots are ok, but I don’t recommend them. It’s better to rent other winter boots.

Boots for PowSurf is always topic. Some PowSurfers use snowboard boots, some PowSurfer use specialized boots…

Important things to consider when choosing boots for PowSurfing:

1. warmth – to keep you having fun in snow for longer.
2. 360° ankle flex – for more control.
3. thinner sole – greater sensitivity. You want to feel the board.

The pros and cons of stiffness:

Softer boots : Feel good to ride. You will be able feel difference in the snow and quality and the unique characteristics of the board. Softer boots make hiking a bit more challenging especially on steeper terrain and denser snow as you get less edging with softer soles and less all around support. Generally softer boots are lighter, less weight on your feet makes it easier to hike.

Harder boots : Easier to hike up, sturdier when boot packing. More responsive while riding, quicker turning edge to edge but a firmer boot means less sensitivity and therefor less feeling of the board, the terrain, and snow conditions.

Pow-Surfer and instructor, Yasu, prefers softer boots, “Because Pow-surfing is about feeling good in the snow. Not about how fast, how many, how crazy… Soft boots provide sensitive control. Thinner soles are good for flex and feeling. You can use every toe, from your big toe to your small toe. While using each toe, you use small muscles that connect to each toe. As you use more muscles independently, it feels like your body is more awake, more alive, it’s a bit like yoga.”

Sorel 1964 PAC™ NYLON BOOT  is one of the softest boots we have tried. It has a very soft sole and ankle. They fit like surf boots, inner boots are easy to remove and therefore easy to dry.
They provide a lot of warmth on long cold days and offer great sensitivity on low to mid speed riding in good snow. The only real negative point is that the rubber gets hard and starts to crack after a few years of use. Once the rubber starts to crack they are no longer water-proof. The inners seem to last a life-time though so be sure to keep them so you’ll have an extra set to swap around with your new pair.

Of course, harder boots have there advantages too.
Yasu uses slightly stiffer boots for more performance, difficult terrain, harder snow, high speed riding or long, hard day riding or longer hikes. The thicker soles on the Keen Winter Ports provide great traction while the soft uppers still allow for sensitive riding control.

Keen winter port 2 are his daily powsurf boots.
This boots are made by keen also used by Atsushi Gomyo (Yukiita originator). Lightweight, warm ,comfortable, little harder sole for performance and hiking up.

Deeluxe Footloose is a specialized Pow-Surf boot that a major snowboard boot company makes. Albeit Yasu has never used them in the snow, he tried them in an outdoor shop but wasn’t that impressed. The ankle flex seems a bit too stiff for PowSurfing, but could possibly be well suited for high speed PowSurfing with backpack.

Regular snowboard boots are never a part of Yasu’s boot quiver for PowSurfing. Snowboard boots are designed to work well with bindings and are just too stiff for PowSurfing. They work! They will keep you warm, can turn, can hike up but don’t feel nearly as good as soft boots.

If you don’t have soft winter boots to join our tour, let us know!
We can arrange some boots that are perfectly suited for PowSurfing!

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