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Old 04-12-2010, 08:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
ShredLife
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Snowolf: awesome boots for mountaineering and ice/mixed climbing..... doable to use on a snowboard, but far from perfect. they would be good for the skinning/touring, but i wouldn't want to be dropping cliffs or hitting 30+ft kickers in boots like that. not enough leverage as the calf doesnt go high enough, and they don't have the critical ankle support and cushioning that a snowboard boot has.

the reason snowboard boots somewhat suck for hiking in is because they are really good for snowboarding in. you can look to other types of boots to make some of the hiking and backcountry living aspects work better, but IMHO it's always going to be at a significant sacrifice to the performance of a modern snowboard boot - for snowboarding in.

i guess it kind of depends on your individual motivation for being in the BC, and whether or not the kind of riding you want to do can take that sacrifice for a gain in touring ability/long term comfort.
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