My mate from Tokyo Stuart Flanders (aka Spoggo – see the for sale section on the powderlife.com Community Noticeboard) thinks and talks more about snowboard gear than anyone I know. He reckons he’s bought close to 50 snowboards because he keeps finding some fault in them. But for the last five years he’s only ridden one style of boot – The Salomon Malamute. So if Spoggo can’t find fault in them they must be good. When you’re deep in powder and in tight trees you want immediate response from your boots and floppiness in the boot can mean a close encounter with a tree. The Malamute is an extra stiff boot that will be a bit sore for the first few wears, but once they form to your foot… perfection! ¥35,000 from Sapporo retailers.