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I'm planning on buying a used snowboard and bindings, the issue I'm having is I have smaller feet (ladies size 6), and the majority of used boots are bigger than my feet.

Do I need "snowboarding boots" (I have boots that look very similar to snowboarding boots but they're not specifically for snowboarding)?

Would bindings that were used for a larger boot for example ladies size 10 fit a ladies size 6 or would I need a different binding size?

Also, what size board would you recommend I'm 5'5'' and 140lbs?

Thanks

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Hi Erin,

For decent performance, you will need 'snowboarding boots'. They are designed to be stiffer so that they can transfer the movement of your legs/feet through the bindings and onto the board. All bindings are adjustable and small ladies bindings should fit your boot size. You want a secure fit for the boot in the binding so that the sole of the boot stays stationary when wiggling your leg.

I would strongly recommend getting new boots and trying on many pairs to see what fits best. You could easily end up with a poorly fitting used boot that would give you blisters or make for a really uncomfortable experience. Getting a used board/bindings is fine as long as everything looks to be in good working shape.

As far as a board size if you are just beginning smaller is best, say 130cm. As you transition to faster speeds and bigger slopes you could size up to around 145cm. As a general measure, people often get a board that comes up to about the height of your mouth.

Cheers,
enjoy your time on the snow!

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