Boot decision - K2 or Ride, both fit but differently
I'm in the game for new boots, exclusively freeride. Had the K2 Contour last year which I loved for their double boa on the fly adjustability i.e., possibility to tighten the boot for a run, open it loose for the chair. If thightened well, they are very responsive.
Been to my go-to shop to get a new K2 Contour. The guy gave me a Ride Cadence to try, just as a second option and now I'm torn which one to get. Having the K2 on the other foot, I could compare them directly. The Ride fits my foot as if it was designed for me, very snug, not the slightest heel lift even if it's loosely tightened. But it is slightly less stiff than the K2. But with the K2, I only get a comparable heel hold if I tighten them till the boas moan.
Reading the description of the Ride Cadence at Ride, it says "high-end freestyle boot". Er...
Reading both descriptions at evo they rate the the K2 Contour a tad softer than the Ride Cadence, so the opposite to my impression having a boot of each simultaneously on one foot. Er...
What's the better decision? Take the boot that perfectly fits the foot/heel but not the riding style the manufacturer designed it for (whatever that means), or take the one with a tad less perfect foot/heel fit but is a bit stiffer? My line so far was the stiffer the better (i.e., K2 Contour), but... can't get the amount of heel hold of the Ride out of my head...
At the same time, I'm looking for more responsive bindings. Well, getting stiffer bindings but simultaneously choosing a less stiff boot, wouldn't that somehow result in nonsense?
5"8 / 125lbs / +27/+9 / Jones Flagship 158 and Ride Farah 153 with Ride Fame
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Last edited by neni; 10-03-2013 at 07:01 AM.