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Old 10-16-2014, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Crunch time. Northwave? Stiff boots for freestyle? Final gear question of the year fr

Last thread on gear I promise.
So I want a stiffer boot than my northwave caliber as want more response/power. They're a crazy comfy boot but now I've tried others on I've realised theys noodley as heeeelll.

Ordered burton ions and 32 tm-two (can't try anything on in store as no local stores).

The ions feel great and fit so comfy out of the box. The tm-two have better heel hold but I ordered half a size too small unfortunately so hard to compare. I do note that they feel similarly stiff despite people saying the ions are super stiff.

My concern is despite the ions fitting well they'll just be too stiff and I should avoid. Tm-two are more freestyle based but trad lacing.
Northwave fit are great but they get less rep. I could get the legend (7/10) or decade (8/10) if all else fails.

My questions are will boots of these stiffness hinder park/buttering/jumps? Avoid the ions?
And does anyone rep northwave boots, hesitant to buy again as despite great fit not sure if function is there. Also legend vs decade?

Please assume they all fit equally ("the best boot is the one that fits etc etc").

All mountain rider. Some days am in the park all day, some days groomers/off piste. Love to jump.

Help really appreciated, am OCD with gear.
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My girlfriend and her brother both use Northwave boots and they love it. The lace system doesn't get loose after riding and that's what sold them on it.
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Too bad those TM-twos are the wrong size because they are one great boot.
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My girlfriend and her brother both use Northwave boots and they love it. The lace system doesn't get loose after riding and that's what sold them on it.
Which ones has he got? I need opinions on legend vs decade but no one talks much about them.

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Too bad those TM-twos are the wrong size because they are one great boot.
I could get the size up ordered if they're definately suitable to my riding style? Not keen on trad laces in terms of fiddliness

Gotta decide today in the next few hours so opinions needed ASAP
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I wear Decade SLs and I really like them, I'm on my second pair. They're pretty stiff, nice and responsive and comfy (for my foot anyway). I've tried a bunch of others and keep coming back to them. I say go for it if they fit you well.
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I wear Decade SLs and I really like them, I'm on my second pair. They're pretty stiff, nice and responsive and comfy (for my foot anyway). I've tried a bunch of others and keep coming back to them. I say go for it if they fit you well.
Nice. What made you go decade over legend? And you do much freestyle with them?
I'm reading that they are equally as stiff as the ion...
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My riding is more oriented to all mountain/freeride so stiffer boots work better for me, I also prefer in general to feel a bit more locked in. In saying that, I hit the park at times too and don't have any dramas falling on my face just like the guys next to me in soft boots. Either way you'll be fine, I just like the responsiveness of stiffer boots.
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My riding is more oriented to all mountain/freeride so stiffer boots work better for me, I also prefer in general to feel a bit more locked in. In saying that, I hit the park at times too and don't have any dramas falling on my face just like the guys next to me in soft boots. Either way you'll be fine, I just like the responsiveness of stiffer boots.
Ah ok. In this case I could just stick with the ions? Same stiffness. I'll maybe wear them for an hour and see if theyre still comfortable.

Anyone have the ions and freestyle plenty?
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I like the ions. A little stiffer, so more response in carves and I can press just fine in them with cartel bindings on my board. I don't do rails, but they absorb landings from jumps really well.
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Ah ok. In this case I could just stick with the ions? Same stiffness. I'll maybe wear them for an hour and see if theyre still comfortable.

Anyone have the ions and freestyle plenty?
Keep in mind that stiffness levels may vary among brands. One brands 7 might feel stiffer than another brands 7.

I have had the best time with 32 boots and TM-Two's are pretty great. Quite a lot of people on this forum have/had those boots and say they really like them. Traditional laces might need more adjustment in the beginning, but once you dial it in, you'll only have to tighten, tie, and go. For me personally, if I find a boot that is perfect for what I want to do, the lacing system isn't going to be the make or break feature. I have TMs and the Binary Boa. Binarys are a lil softer. The TMs are stiffer but don't feel like they restrict any flexing when I need it. Over time boots will soften. I can do anything in either pair of boots. I stepped up to these ones from the very soft entry level 32 Groomers and the difference is out of this world. No more mush boot when I'm pushing it hard.
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