Hey friends - I've been riding the '09 Burton Ions for the past five seasons and they finally gave out on me. They were on their last legs in the '11/'12 season but I was too poor for new ones. Not so, now!
I loved how comfortable they were on my feet and the stiffness they provided for the first 40ish days.
I was originally thinking Nike, since I heard some great things about the Kaiju and Zoom DK from fellow instructors, and Burton is out of my price range/not wowing me right now. But I wear a size 13 shoe and some have said Nikes are a bit on the bulky side. I don't need any more toe drag, so I THINK
those are out...
I've really been looking at Salomon lately. Used to have an old pair of F22's I think a long time ago, and the more I look at the deals on last season's line from Dogfunk REI and Evo, the more I like. Which leaves me with models...
Dialogue, F2.0, F3.0 and Synapse. I've scoured the forums here reading what everyone has to say, and now I'm looking for a few recommendations from you all. I can't try any on in-person since my LBSs don't carry Salomon - just looking for some personal insight. I'll likely end up ordering 2 and sending one back.
I like a stiff boot, not Malamute stiff, but good for hard-charging nonetheless. I'm also trying to get more into all-mtn freestyle this season, so ideally I feel like the Dialogues or F2/3 would be a better match for that style or riding. But I've also heard Synapses are super comfy and can do it all.
Super excited for new boots this year. Thanks so much for the help!