Jan 032014

Booty_Guard Booty Guard Tailbone Protectors, designed by snowboarder Denis Lemek,  are now here, for sale at Also known as BootyGuard Tailbone Protectors. Buy Booty Guard here!

You may have noticed  that we sell two kinds of tailbone protectors here at Why?

To fill different needs at different price points. For years we’ve been wearing our trusty Azzpadz, and they have served us well. Available in medium and large, Azzpadz sell for $56 plus shipping and we can send them anywhere.

See Lauren falling off the wall of the halfpipe at USASA Nationals. Her Azzpadz saved the day. (scroll down to the video that has “Azzpadz” in the title.

But we understand that some snowboarders don’t think they need tailbone protection, and for them, we recommend Booty Guard. Also great for beginners! They’re small, light, easy to put on and take off without  unzipping your snow pants, and virtually invisible. One size fits all. Booty Guard sells for just $26 plus shipping and we can send them anywhere.

We like  and wear them both! Booty Guard for soft snow, and Azzpadz for hardpack.

And what are you doing to protect your wrists? Flexmeters Gloves and Wrist Guards, were designed by a doctor and proven to reduce snowboard wrist injuries! More Flexmeters here!

Feb 092013


Plantar Fasciitis is also known as fasciitis plantaris.

Zapz available here!

Plantar Fasciitis Tip #1

Zapz Microwavable Custom Insoles can help alleviate the excruciating pain of Plantar Fasciitis at a fraction of the cost of custom orthotics.
$49.95.  Zapz available here!

See the video where Steve Cohen, CEO of Masterfit Enterprises explains two ways to ease or alleviate the pain of Plantar Fasciitis here!

Plantar Fasciitis Tip #2

EZFit Insoles – Trace, Trim, and Drop it In!

EZFit Snow – provides warmth and improves fit, comfort, support.


EZFit Terra – improves fit, comfort, support and performance in all footwear, in all activities.

EZFit Insoles are also available here at $39.95


Jan 172013

Letter from an appreciative reader in Australia

Awesome, thanks!!

Such a well written and comprehensive article. I just bought my first
pair of boots and I was worried that my toes touch a tiny bit at the
front and that they feel a little ‘snug’. You have put my mind at ease
and it seems that by accident I have bought them exactly the right
size! If I had of sent them back and got the next size up I think I
would have been disappointed when they became too loose a little down
the line.

It’s refreshing to come across some helpful, well written and
obviously well informed info on the net, keep writing!

Thanks again and happy boarding!!

Aussie chick in the UK
November 30, 2012


from Lauren, editor

Hi Krissi,
Thanks for the props!
Glad I could help.
New articles about snowboard boot fitting here!

Snowboard boot made my foot numb – help!”


Another article – Snowboard Boot is Too Big – What can I do?

And our comprehensive article about snowboard boot fitting by author Kevin Ryan.

Read Kevin Ryan’s article here:

Fitting Snowboard Boots to your Feet

by Kevin Ryan.
Get his book at Amazon here:

 The Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding.

We recommend snowboard insoles to help perfect the fit and comfort of your snowboard boots.

Zapz Microwaveable Custom Insoles

The Eliminator Custom Tongue – fills the Gap between your shin and your boot for better comfort and control.

And EZFitSnow Automolding Insole




Jan 172013

Did you know that 25% or more of snowboard injuries occur to the wrist?

And that wearing snowboard wrist guards is a proven way to reduce snowboard wrist injury?

Here is an online brochure written by some of the top hand, wrist and elbow physicians in the country. The brochure features safety and injury prevention strategies by orthopedic surgeons at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), who see a record number of winter sports wrist and hand injuries this time of year.

Drs. Mark Cohen, John Fernandez, and Robert Wysocki, upper extremity physicians at MOR, are hoping this brochure will help keep winter outdoors enthusiasts safe while on the slopes and rinks.  The pointers found in the brochure include information on how to get the proper gear, how to stay in control and how to be cautious of your surroundings.


To find the brochure log on to and look for the link. Or go to the PDF here.

And to order snowboard wrist protection designed by a doctor: snowboard wrist guards and snowboard gloves with wrist guards built-in, go to

See the video “Are Flexmeter Gloves Warm?” here.

Jan 122013
This question was sent in by a reader.
Just bought a pair of Burton Imperial snowboard boots by mail order.
I ignored the warning signs of my foot falling asleep the couple of times I wore them at home and went out to the resort all day, mostly hiking, standing around and sitting/kneeling in the snow, as I intended to dedicate the day to giving my girlfriend first-timer lessons. I only strapped into my new board to give a few quick turning demonstrations and then back to sitting around.NOW, it’s the next afternoon at home and my left foot is STILL completely numb and tingling from my toes to the beginning of my heel on the bottom of my foot.
Besides seeing a doctor, I still need boots to ride in the future. Do you think the boots could be defective somehow? There seems to be something pressing the side area of my foot, just in front of my ankle.  I was thinking of returning them for the exact same model and size to see if I just happened to get a bad pair.
My feet don’t seem drastically different in size and my other foot is fine.
Would a boot fitter (whatever that is) be able to physically alter the insides of the boot to fit without damaging my foot any further? The boot does seem to be the right size lengthwise. My big toe just touches the end of the liner.
Finally, do you know of any boot fitters or quality shore repair places in the San Francisco Bay Area that you could recommend?Thanks,

A. from Master Snowboard Boot Fitter Steve Cohen

Most likely it’s not the boot but the interface between your foot and the boot. I’ll wager that you’d have the same problem no matter how many pairs of the same boot you try. The interior cavity of a snowboard boot (or any footwear) needs to match the shape of your foot.  Unfortunately, buying boots by mail order often yields a poor fit and can lead to foot pain like you are experiencing. Boards, clothing and accessories are all OK to order by mail but never boots.

Go to a shop that specializes in bootfitting (which is an art and science). Our company, Masterfit Enterprises, runs a school for bootfitters called Masterfit University. We teach technicians from snowboard and ski shops how to match feet with the right boots and to make modifications when necessary.

It sounds to me like you are suffering from a nerve impingement. If you have not ridden in the boots I would return them for a refund and visit a shop where they can measure your feet, analyze their shape (there’s more than length to consider when sizing and selecting a boot) and pick a boot that’s a good match. As well as make any modifications to customize it to your foot. Also, consider adding an aftermarket insole which helps stabilize your foot, provides support and enhances balance. It’s the foundation of a good fitting boot. Many shops make custom insoles that are molded to your foot. Our company makes such a product called Instaprint but we also sell a less expensive entry model designed specifically for snowboarding called EZ·Fit that is available in many shops and also on-line.

If you really want to get snowboard boots that fit and perform well and let you ride pain free, in the San Francisco Bay Area I suggest you visit Helm of Sun Valley in the South Bay Lombardi’s in the North Bay. The Any Mountain stores are also a good choice and you can find both Instaprint and EZ Fit insoles there. Good luck!


We recommend snowboard insoles and straps to help perfect the fit and comfort of your snowboard boots.

Zapz Microwaveable Custom Insoles

The Eliminator Custom Tongue – fills the Gap between your shin and your boot for better comfort and control.

And EZFitSnow Automolding Insole

Snowboarders who want a super-secure link around the shin often add a Booster Strap. The Booster is an elasticized power strap that helps cinch the boot liner and outer closely to the shin which improves power transmission and precision when moving toe and heel side.




Dec 262012

New lower shipping prices for Flexmeters / Docmeter mailed outside United States.


We are can send your Flexmeter order anywhere!

For France and UK, please use the links below. Anywhere else, we will ship them out from the US and we offer new lower shipping charges by using First Class Mail.

Flexmeter also known as Docmeter is the world’s best snowboard wrist protection designed by Dr. Marc-Herve Binet, mountain doctor at Avoriaz Resort in France.

Flexmeters are distributed in the US by Sport Secrets LLC, parent company of and SnowboardSecrets.TV as well as many other snowboard websites. Sport Secrets LLC has been the US Distributor of Flexmeter/Docmeter since 2004.

Flexmeters are available worldwide.

In the UK, contact Alpsgear.

In France contact Docmeter.

In the US, order at

For all other countries, also order from the US at

Find shipping prices from the US to other countries here.

Flexmeter / Docmeter Product Line Explained.

Dec 232012

Q. Hi my name is Kimberley
I have a pre existing injury from roller skating ( i broke my wrist into a lovely dinner fork shape and now have pins and a plate in there)  i did this about 3 1/2 months ago
i was looking at the flexmeter guards because I’m here in canada working a snow season and I’m looking to get back out on my board at the 4 1/2 month period of healing.
have you come across any boarders with a pre existing injury like mine and are happy with the flexmeter guards?
also would you be able to ship to canada at a PO box?  I’m living in the staff accommodation so i don’t have a physical address yet.


A.  Hi Kimberley, Sorry for your injury. Yes, many many of my customers have had injuries. Flexmeters Snowboard Gloves and Wrist Guards will help for sure. Look at this testimonial (and X-ray), one of many!

I can send to Canada for $8 extra. If you can afford Flexmeter Gloves, they are the simplest most comfortable way to get protection! Otherwise, Flexmeter Wrist Guards will work, make sure your glove is big enough or buy one from us.
order Flexmeters   – Designed by a Doctor

Flexmeters videos
Flexmeter have been tested and proven to reduce wrist injuries by 67 to 85%.
My customers love Flexmeter – testimonials here: and here.

Dec 232012
Flexmeter – Docmeter Snowboard Wrist Guard Gloves Product Line Explained
Q. My wife is a surgical nurse – her wrists are vital to her work. She is a beginner snowboarder who broke her unprotected wrist last year. She is 5’2″ and would typically wear a small. Could you please suggest a product as I would like to have it before mid January as we are going skiing.
A. Snowboard wrist injuries are the most common snowboard injury, and beginners are 4 times more likely to break a wrist than experienced snowboarders.  FOOSH or “falling on outstretched hand” with the hand behind the body is the most common method of wrist injury.A flexible wrist guard like Flexmeter, will help absorb the shock of impact and prevent the wrist from hyperextending.  It is the kind of protection your wife should wear.  Flexmeter (also called Docmeter) was designed by Dr. Marc-Herve Binet who is the mountain doctor at the  French resort Avoriaz, and is a member of the ISSS – International Society for Skiing Safety.
Visit Dr. Binet’s Mountain Clinic here.
Flexmeters  wrist protection is available 2 ways.
The Flexmeter Snowboard Glove is the “Cadillac” of snowboard wrist protection. It  has the Flexmeter Wrist Guard integrated into it and is the easiest way to wear snowboard wrist protection on the slopes.  It is what I wear,  and my first recommendation to my customers.
There are 2 kinds of Flexmeter Snowboard Gloves.
Flexmeter Snowboard Glove with Single Protection – has one splint on the knuckle side only, and is the model that was tested and proven to reduce snowboard wrist injuries by 67 to 85%.
$120 plus shipping.
Flexmeter Snowboard Glove with Double  Protection has the dorsal splint and has light palm-side protection added, and is the choice of surgeons, dentists, nurses, artists, musicians, writers, and anyone that wants a little more protection. I suggest this for your wife in view of her circumstances as a petite woman who needs her wrist and has had an injury.
$140 plus shipping.
If Flexmeter Gloves are too expensive our Flexmeter Wrist Guards that stand alone and are worn under your gloves are the answer. Your gloves must have an opening wide enough to accommodate the wrist guard. Or we sell Flexmeter Mittens that will go over the Flexmeter Wrist Guards.
There are 2 kinds of Flexmeter Wrist Guards.
Flexmeter Wrist Guard with Single Protection – has one splint on the knuckle side only, and is the model that was tested and proven to reduce snowboard wrist injuries by 67 to 85%.
$69 plus shipping.
Flexmeter All Season Wrist Guard has the dorsal splint and has light palm-side protection added. It was designed for skateboarding and other warm weather sports, and can be worn under a glove for snowboarding. $69 plus shipping.
Mittens with a wide opening to wear over Flexmeter Wrist Guards specially designed so you can easily slip them over any model of Flexmeter Wrist Guards. They have the added feature of “glove style” inside so each of your fingers has a cozy resting spot.After your day on the slopes is over, take off your Flexmeter Wrist Guard and wear this comfortable mitt for warmth.
$48  plus shipping.
Tailbone protection prevents injuries and makes the slopes less daunting. I wear Azzpadz every time I ride!!
$56 plus shipping.
(See video of my fall off the halfpipe wall at USASA Nationals and you’ll know why I won’t ride without Azzpadz! Click here and scroll down to the video entitled Snowboard Protective Gear in Action – Azzpadz
Dec 222012

Snowboard Boot Fit Q & A

Snowboard Boot is Too Big – What Can I Do?

Q.  Hi Lauren,
I was reading your article on about snowboard boot size, of course after the fact wish I would have saw it beforehand. Anyways my boot is not too small but a little large. is there an insert product or any way to may the boot a little tighter? thank you, Vivian

A.  Steve Cohen answers:

Vivian—I am Steve Cohen, CEO of Masterfit Enterprises, a company that specializes in boot fitting. We actually teach bootfitting to snowboard retailers at our Masterfit University Training Centers. Unfortunately, your problem is fairly common among snowboarders since many shops aren’t well trained in boot techniques. Snowboard shops with experience fitters know that boots should initially feel tight since the liner materials inevitably pack out over time; a size or so smaller than your street shoe size is a good rule of thumb for try-on.

The key to snowboarding to the best of your abilities is to make sure your foot and lower leg are secure in your boot and not moving around inside. When you go toe or heel side, you want the board to respond immediately and a secure fit is crucial.

We sell two products that can help snug the fit in oversized boots. The Eliminator is an add-on tongue that fits between your existing tongue and your shin,. It reduces instep and cuff volume and secures the foot firmly in the boot’s heel pocket to minimize unwanted fore-aft and side-to-side movement. Eliminators attach easily with Velcro tabs that are furnished with the product.

Snowboarders who want a super-secure link around the shin often add a Booster Strap. The Booster is an elasticized power strap that helps cinch the boot liner and outer closely to the shin which improves power transmission and precision when moving toe and heel side.

You should also consider adding an aftermarket insole if you don’t already have one in your boot. A quality insole is the foundation of a good boot fit. Most snowboard boots, like most ski boots and shoes, come with insoles that are pretty flimsy and don’t provide adequate arch support and heel stabilization.

A quality aftermarket insole provides a solid platform and improves comfort and power transmission. If you aren’t ready to invest in a full custom insole like the Instaprint brand Masterfit sells, we also have two different do-it-yourself insole products that work great in snowboard boots: Zapz, a microwavable custom insole you can heat and mold yourself at home; and EZ·Fit, an auto-molding insole specifically designed for snowboard boots that requires just scissors to fit. I would recommend starting with an Eliminator and an insole and see if that does the trick. And next time you go boot shopping, make sure to visit as shop with a good bootfitter who can guide you to a proper fit boot.  Have fun sliding!

Ed says: Thanks to Kevin M. Ryan, author of The Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding for the original article that appeared on called Fitting Snowboard Boots to your Feet.

See what the experts say about Cold Feet when Snowboarding!
Also read “Leg Pain While Snowboarding” by Tom Buchanan.

EZ•Fit Snow+  auto adaptable shoe insoles are also great in bike shoes, snowmobile boots and fishing waders.