Boots Vs Foot Straps - Ride with Blake Vlog 26
It’s a common question. Should I switch to boots? The answer is that it depends.
This video breaks down the pros and cons behind Boots Vs Straps.
Footstraps and Footpads
The chill side of every relationship. They’re the ones that say, “Baby, I know you need your space. Go have fun with your friends.” And you think, “Aw, sweet!” So you leave your humble abode (your board, in this case), take off with your friends (perform some sick tricks), and arrive back home at two o’clock in the morning with no angry partner (place your feet back on the board). You’re able to do what you want, when you want, and that makes your riding experience all the better.
Bindings and Boots
The more clingy of the two, you notice a bit of crazy in your partner. They’re pretty good-looking, but they don’t like to let go (meaning, they’ll be able to grip you to your board through the entire ride). You’ll be finding yourself less flexible with your time, but that’s okay if you don’t like to go out as much.
No matter your choice, MACkite will be your wingman to get you the proper footwear you need*.
*Relationship advice not included
Let’s start with the Pros for kiteboarding footstraps.
More flexibility for grabs and style
Lightweight for travel and general feel
What about the cons for foot straps?
You can’t land as hard
They are not suited for kickers or features
So what are the pros for boots?
You can ride on just about any surface
They have a locked in feel
You can just ride harder
And the cons for boots.
They are heavier
Less upwind ability
They take more time to get in and out of
Harder falls as you’re locked in
All that said, why not ride it all. There is a time and a place for boots, straps, strapless, and of course foilboarding. There is no need to limit yourself. If you are curious about boots then give them a go!