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👣☁ 3 Free Easy Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your First Day On The Hill

Lots of resorts are opening up around the country this weekend!

If you’re like me – you’re frothing to get back on the hill!

I wanted to share a couple of easy things you can do right now to help make your feet more comfortable on the first day back on the hill!

#1 Clip your toenails:

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Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing to talk about, but going out on day one with a long toenail (especially if it’s on your longest toe) could start your season off with a bruised toe – lost toenail or even a cut in your socks!

#2 Inventory your socks:

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I highly recommend using only one style/model/thickness of sock for the entire season.

Many people think that the heavier the sock, the warmer your feet will be. The truth is that your boot liner usually offers plenty of insulation for warmth. As long as you have good moisture wicking socks - if your feet stay dry, your feet stay warm.

You want to avoid changing sock thickness because it will change the fit of the boot! Even the slightest change in thickness can make your boots painful - giving you numbness, heel lift or even blisters!

Maybe you have an assortment of socks that you’ve gained over the years…. Sort through them and get rid of all of the odd 🦆ducks!

Once you've narrowed it down to one sock you like, make sure you have several pairs (at least 3) of that same model to maintain boot fit consistency.

Stay tuned for info on our upcoming Presale for the Shred Soles Shred Sox V2 with Thermolite.

#3 Put your boots on:

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Now that you have your socks all sorted – put your socks on and then put your boots on!

This a great opportunity to inspect your boots for frayed laces/Boa cables and hit up your local shop if they need to be replaced.

Wear your boots around the house for a couple of hours.

Look for any pain points – toe bang, heel lift… This is the time to start addressing those types of fit issues – instead of having your FDOH cut short!

I could go on forever with other little things that are important for comfortable snowboard boots, but I’ll draw a line here and just say that if you have any questions about boot fitting – please feel free to reach out to me directly via email:

nate@shredsoles.com

Happy First Day on the Hill!

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Nate

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Five Unique Snowboarding Gear Gifts

Whether you are looking for snowboarding gifts for the shredder on your list or if you need to re-up on your personal gear – here are a few of my favorite things.

1) Leatherman Hail + Style Snow Tool: My friend gave me one of these last season and I’ve used this more than any other gift that I received. This is the #1 thing that I’m giving to friends and family this year.

Leatherman partnered up with another original, USA-proud company, Signal Snowboards® to bring you pocket tools designed to crank on a binding, open a beer, tune your board or stash your ear buds. So go ahead clip ‘em on and put ‘em to the test, these travel-friendly (yup they’re TSA-compliant) Portland, Oregon originals are built to last, complete with a 25-year warranty.

Retails at $46.95

Find it at: store.verticalurge.com/leatherman-hail-style-ps-snow-tool-black/

2) Transform Lucifer Snowboarding Mitts: Evil? Controversial?
 Bad Karma? Depends on what you believe – I guess. I just think that these are unique and something that you won’t see everyone else wearing! Super hard to find if you live in the States though.Lucifer

Retails at €69.99

Find em at: www.blue-tomato.com/en-GB/product/Transform-The+Lucifer+Mittens-272171/




3) Airblaster Hoodless Ninja Suit: The Ninja Suit is awesome, but the hood is overkill on most days and I’ve always cut the bottom quarter of my long underwear off (shants) to keep the material out of my boots. The Hoodless Ninja suit is the perfect set of long johns – no cutting required.

Hoodless Ninja Suit Retails at $109.99

Find it at: www.myairblaster.com/collections/mens-ninja-suits

 

4) Hovland Hatch Snowskate: I know you took the trucks off of your first skateboard and tried to ride it in the snow… Surfing and skateboarding don’t have bindings – make your local hill fun again by freeing your feet!

The Hovland Hatch all-mountain snowskate is built to handle whatever your favorite resort throws at you. Hit boxes and rails, cruise groomers, attack steeps and launch hits — this skate does it all.

Retails at $349.00

Find it at: www.hovlandsnowskates.com

5) Shred Soles Snowboard Boot Insoles: Yeah, it’s a bit of a shameless self promotion, I know, but comfort in your snowboard boots is a priceless gift!

Innovative ShWedge™ taper gives better performance by realigning ankles, knees, and hips to natural and balanced riding posture.

DynArch is engineered specifically for snowboarding to maximize arch support and minimize strain and injury.

Deep-well heel cup with firm high-riser sidewalls stabilizes heel and reduces friction from lateral foot movement.

Retails at $44.99

Find at: www.ShredSoles.com

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