I had my first backcountry experience last season and loved it. The boots I have are less than ideal being proper flexible and i felt pretty insecure on steep hard pack trying to kick in. Iam looking for recomandations for a decent shop to go and try on a few different types doesnt matter where. I like the look of the northwave domain CR and the fitwell backcountry but open to suggestions for boots too.
Perfect thanks very much. Iam in glasgow so freeze in Edinburgh will be perfect. When i first started boarding i used a second hand snowboard with my second hand b3 climbing boots as a skint student. What boots do you use?
I'v got a very old pair of burton ions - quite floppy, but well broken in and comfy. not ideal but manageable on a split.
I'm planning to get a new pair, specifically split oriented. (must have heel-bail, and fast/easy or 2 part lacing system) was looking at fitwell or spark boots (or anything decent in my size) I couldn't find what I wanted at the end of last year.
when you have to give up skining and need to boot up, there's no substitute for crampons. I'v got a reasonably light pair that I carry because the boot-sole on the ions doesn't have any decent rubber/tread to speak of. plan is to have a pair of new boots and get a very lightweight alu crampons...... (weight is a killer)
Have a look at the Jones ThirtyTwo Splitboard boots. Have a section which opens up at the back to extend your stride length when skinning.
Very stiff, with proper vibram soles for boot packing and crampon compatible. Also have a gaiter which goes around the complete boot to keep your feet dry.
Only downside is they are a bit heavy and bloody expensive (I got some last years model in the sale). Oh, and in my case, half a size too small....
In reply to Juliestephen:
Tbh, none of those boots look suitable for backcountry riding/splitboarding
The return of large numbers of people to national parks and other upland areas in England has brought a spike in littering, wildfires and mountain rescue incidents. Some issues appear to be worse than during equivalent periods in past years.