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Old 11-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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.

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Old 11-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i really like my ride rfl's they were pretty stiff at first but after about 4 days broke in and have held up really well for about 20 days so far. They have shrink tech and are in fact really fuckin light. no weird pinch points and have good heel hold without mashing on the laces.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When you look at the size of boots look for it to be 30.5 mondo/JPN size. that will give you a better guide of fit. (I have the same size foot as you it is a pain in the ass) Brands that make boots that "fit" deeluxe, salomon, nitro, burton, northwave. Might be one or two more but most boots go from 30 at size 12 to 31 at size 13 and dont make a 12.5 (30.5) burtons size 13 boots happen to be sized to a 30.5
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool man. That's a good idea. I definitely noticed the differences in all the different sizes around the world, just never put two and two together to check where it falls exactly international-size wise when I got a real nice fit.

I believe my feet are 13D (just under, of course) as measured on a machine. An old friend of mine has EEE feet... not the kind of E's you wanna have!

I'm just thinking who makes a really nice boot that has what I want, then I'll try 'em on and deduce what's the best to to with. Figured I'd ask here.
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For hiking and splitting look at the SLX instead of the Ion. Those activities tend to wear out boots without an articulating cuff much more quickly and the SLX is the only Burton boot with a proper articulating cuff.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I didn't find the Ions to be as stiff as they claim on their scale but nonetheless was a great boot. The K2 Thraxis might be worth looking into if you like boa or the Salomon F4.0 or Malamute if you prefer speedlaces.
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hktrdr - good point! I noted the DC's have an articulating cuff as well but wasn't sure of the significance. I looked at K2's and Salomons more and it looks like it's down to the DC's or the SLX. SLX is a hell of a boot from the looks of it, but so is the DC. I'll have to get out to the shops soon and make a decision quick!

I'll just be getting into splitting and that this year, no idea how much I'll be doing it, but may as well get the right tools for the job!

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Merry Ho Ho.

BRAND NEW!!! Burton Ion 2014 Snowboard Boots Size 13

Fuck, I'd buy those if thy were my size


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Old 11-06-2013, 08:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Fuck, thanks buddz! I might still check out the DC and SLX but I'll buy those for sure!

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a couple of years ago, I ditched the Burton Ions for DC Judge
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