Alternatives to Burton Ions?
So, I've been thinking about getting a new pair of boots on the stiffer end of things. I've already got a pair of Burton Ambush that are a good fit and I enjoy them. I'm thinking about the progression of my riding and what I want to do this season and getting a stiffer pair of boots seems like a good idea. Having some good tread on the bottom for any hiking and anything else would be nice since the tread is terrible on the ones I have. I tried on a pair of Ions at the end of last season and they felt great.
My feet are between a 12 and 13 and a little wide. I generally wear 13 in everything and my Ambush are 13's and fit well. I tried on some Rulers (a narrower boot) when I bought the Ambush and they weren't nearly as good a fit. It's usually a hassle tying to find boots in my size locally, even with our big selection but I figure if I get on it early and shop around I might do well.
Anyway, the Ions look like really killer boots but is there anything else I should be looking at? I'm wanting to get some higher end boots for everyday freeriding and splitting. Some of the other ones that have looked at online were the DC Travis Rice. I also looked at K2 and Solomons but it seems like I'd like the T Rice more. I'm a little worried they'll be too stiff. The Ions are a little softer on ratings. Do the DC have the shrinkage tech as well?
Anyway, I figured I'd ask if anyone has any ideas. It'd be nice to try something out other than Burtons.
2007 GNU 11up 162w / 2012 GNU Carbon Credit 162w / 2013 Lib Tech Banana Magic 158w / 2013 GNU Eco Genetics 162 / 2013 Lib Tech Birdman 180
2007 Burton Custom Brew / 2013 Burton Malavita / 2013 Malavita Restricted / 2014 Now Drive
2013 Burton Ambush / 2014 DC Travis Rice