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Old 03-19-2014, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone wear the Burton ions 2014?
How do they compare to previous years ions?
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have them, can't compare to previous years, as i used to wear Van Auras...

I found them extremely stiff, hard to get used to, and with very little cushioning. But now i have worn them 20-25 times, i love them...

Going to buy another pair .5 of a size smaller as well...

I wear thick socks in winter, but as spring approaches, i wear thin socks and found i am getting heal lift as a result...
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes I agree to all that you commented on. I have the same issues. I used to love the ions. I switched from the 2012 ions to the 2014 model.
What I found was that they are more stiff, much less cushioning. made of plastic instead of cloth/leather which makes them cold and therefore your feet get colder. I do use thick socks though.
I am a bit disappointed!

Do you have cold feet problems as well?
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No, i don't get cold feet as i use the proper socks... Hehe

Are you confusing cold feet with numbness from over tightening...???

If i over tighten them, then i get numb, try having them a little looser on the bottom, and don't do the insert so tight, you may just be surprised how much better you like the boots, the top, well that gets yanked tight, and i feel much better overall with the boots...
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No I mean cold feet. Iv been wearing ions since 2008 and never had this issue.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It blows my mind how Burton cheapens all of their products. They could make epic gear but they don't. All of their products have become cheaply made except for the most expensive AK gear and a few boards. Their socks are all garbage, well designed, cool looking but cheap materials. Their expensive merino wool socks are a joke, same thing with their base layers, most of their gloves etc. It's too bad really. They have great customer service, make some great bindings etc but you really have to watch what you buy from them, it's hit or miss.
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It blows my mind how Burton cheapens all of their products. They could make epic gear but they don't. All of their products have become cheaply made except for the most expensive AK gear and a few boards. Their socks are all garbage, well designed, cool looking but cheap materials. Their expensive merino wool socks are a joke, same thing with their base layers, most of their gloves etc. It's too bad really. They have great customer service, make some great bindings etc but you really have to watch what you buy from them, it's hit or miss.
my 2013 ions were like that, complete garbage totally falling apart after 10 days on the hill. The boot softened up so much it was like a pathetic no name beginner boot.

For 2014 they redesigned the toe box to be hard plastic and the whole boot is much stiffer, I think it's the same toe as my 2013 SLX actually. They redid the imprint 4 liner which also used to suck.

Oh yea.. my 2013 ions were pleather. $400 boots and they are made with fake leather, blows my mind. At least my SLX's are genuine leather/suede and hard plastic.
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I just grabbed a pair of the 2014's, took them out last weekend and they were great except where the lower speed laces route thru some sort of hard tubing about midway down the boot, right under the ankle strap. After an hour of riding it was really digging in. I've never had speed laces so I cranked both down along with the liner. I guess the lower laces don't need to be so tight.
I was going to take these to a good boot fitter to see if he could add some padding or even hack out that tubing if its possible. Should I just leave the liner and lower laces a little looser?

Again these were great everywhere else comfort wise and heel hold. I can't believe they have that hard tubing tight on top of your instep. BTW I have this years Ride Capo bindings
Thanks for any replies.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah that liner should not be tight. Just snug. It doesn't affect performance.

You can tighten your boots anyway you choose. I ride a lot of park and prefer my lower section tight and my upper laces just snug, this makes for more room to flex into the boots and greater flexion and range of movement on setting up for jumps and staying small in the pipe etc. If you ride a real soft boot that may not even be a factor. I have Ions and if they are too tight up top the boots might be a touch more responsive for freeriding, but it makes it more difficult to get low and into them for everything else.

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all my burton boots I've run the liner tight, the lowers just barely snug, and the uppers super tight.
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