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Old 12-09-2008, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default do boots make a significant "performance" difference?

so i know there's a comfort difference between low and high end boots. but if you have mid end boots, is there a performance difference if you want to upgrade to higher end boots? the high end boots probably utilize some luxury materials like leather, but leather doesnt enhance performance.

do the higher end boots offern better flexibility for better control? maybe offer better shock absorption so it makes stomping tricks easier?

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Old 12-09-2008, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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High end boots are usually stiffer, sometimes have better liners, and usually have better stock footbeds.
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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so if i were to use those "gel" shoe soles to further increase comfort. i could technically increase its performance? assuming the "gel" soles can dampen some extra shock from hard landings.
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There will be some difference, but even within what you want too call mid ranged there are good and bad boots. It all comes down to

As with any products in general the more you pay the higher quality of craftsmanship and higher quality materials. They will have better stitching, better insoles, and just more durable construction in general.

But that doesnt mean you need to buy 500 dollar boots if 200 dollar ones are comfortable.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I noticed a huge difference when I upgraded from an old pair of vans Hi-Standards to my 32 Lashed boot. Huge! and Im hoping I notice another significant difference when I ride my new Folsom's this year
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I noticed a massive different between my old Burton rulers and my new(ish) Salomon F22's. The salomons are just an all around better boots, they fit better, zero heel lift, no compression areas, very adjustable...

do not skimp on boots, they will wreck your day if you go cheap.
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