Looking for new boots for the upcoming season. I usually prefer a medium flex boot (ie 5 or 6 out of 10), but there are a couple factors leading me to look exclusively at stiffer boots for this season. Firstly it'll be my first season back on a busted ankle, so I want something with a lot of support and little movement. Secondly I am finding I am getting away from the park stuff and more towards harder carving, slack country and bigger lines when I can find them.
My last boots were k2 darkos and I loved the fit of them, so the first boot I am looking at is the t1, but could use some other tried and true options with similar stiffness so I can get a good comparison going.
As a soft boot splitboarder with multiple ankle injuries over the years there are a few I recommend. I have stuck with Salomon Malamutes, and like driver x, ride insano, 32 tm2 (which is slightly softer than the others) and the flow talon. Happy shredding.
One thing to consider when trying on boots, is although out of box, stiff boots feel way stiff, they all will break in and have more movement after some usage. Plenty of good deals on malamutes out there.
I have K2 Thraxis since last year and I am enjoying. It is very stiff when compared with my older salomon faction (that's the only two models that I had riden). In spite of K2 Thraxis be a stiffer boot I found it very confortable, and when riding they seem to be even more confortable than my salomons.
I just hope that my Thraxis will match well with my new Heritage.
So if you want to keep with k2 and you don't mind in getting a stiffer boot in my personal opinion Thraxis is a very good boot their down side is that you will take sometime until discover the correct amount of strenght that the BOA will apply. At the beginning I tight all at maximum and I hurt my ankles. Now I tight the liner at max without stopping the circulation in order to avoid heel rise. Then I tight the lower Boa at a medium strenght and in the end I tight the Upper Boa just a little bit until it stop beeing loose. I continue this way until today and I am satisfied.
Malamutes, Driver X, and Insanos were definitely the first ones that come to mind. But honestly, if you have boots that you like that are in good shape, pick up some Remind Solution liners. They're stiff as fuck.
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Definitely check out the Burton driver x. They are not as super stiff as i expected. They are much stiffer than my burton hails but are also way more comfortable and do have a little give to them. When i got them i was also interested in the Salomon Malamutes and K2 Thraxxis. The burtons just happened to fit me well and were on sale. Try them all and see what fits you best.
Thanks for the suggestions, I am going to try and find some T1s, Driver X and Malamutes to try on... I've never tried a 32 that fits me well but if the shop has them I'll give em a go. Not exactly looking for the stiffest boot in the world cause I still like to mess around some, but something with more support is definitely going to make me more comfortable on the hill.