I don't think they were defective at all. Just not durable enough. I'm pretty hard on boots from riding, constant strapping in, and plenty of hiking and hanging out mixed in.
14 NeverSummer Prospector Splitboard . 14 NeverSummer Proto HD . 13 NeverSummer Cobra . 13 Gnu Space Case EC2PTX. 11 Nitro Team Gullwing
14 Now Drive . 13 Now IPO . 13 Salomon Hologram
14 Flow Hylite . 13 32 Binary