How to Tie Laces on Snowboard Boots

How to Tie Laces on Snowboard Boots
Tying your laces has never been so important as when it comes to snowboard boots. You need to get your snowboard-boot laces tight to provide the snug, reactive fit that snowboarding demands. To make things a bit more confusing, snowboard boots come with a variety of lacing systems. Once you get it down, though, tying boots is as easy as tying shoes.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Put both boots on your feet.
Step 2
Begin by securing the inner liner. If there are laces, pull them taut, starting at the lowest lace. Pull each lace through each loop on the liner and get the laces as tight as possible. Pull both ends as tight as you can and tie them.
Step 3
For cable-based lacing systems, simply pull the handle to tighten the laces. Push your foot down to help get the laces as tight as possible. Once the laces are tight, slide the locking mechanism down. Lock it closed. Push the locking mechanism and laces under the tongue so that they lie flat.
Step 4
Tighten the inner liner of your other boot.
Step 5
Tie the laces of the outer boot. For standard laces, start at the end lace on the toe and pull it tight. Pull each lace through each loop on the lower part of the boot to get the maximum snugness. When you get to the loose laces on the upper boot, cross the laces, fit them around the rungs, pull both laces tight and continue to cross and tighten until you've reached the top. Give one last pull on both laces to get them tight. Tie the laces.
Step 6
For one-pull cable lacing, pull the handle to tighten the lower part of the boot. You may find it beneficial to individually tighten laces starting at the toe, but a simple pull should provide a tight enough fit. Once the lower part is tight, criss-cross the sides of the one-pull lacing loop and wrap them around the lace hooks on either side of the boot. Pull the handle to tighten the laces after each level. At the top, pull tight one last time.
Step 7
Lock the laces into place using whatever locking mechanism your boots have. Clip the handle to the part of the boot that it was designed to be stored in and you're ready to ride.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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