hmm i haven't actually thought about dc's.. i'll have to check them out too, they have a dc store as well as burton in nyc so i will be able to try them out, if they have it that is. i'd really like to look at the k2 T1 DB though but k2 stuff are so hard to find around here.. im just scared if i go with burton that the laces will rip, the laces seem quite thin to me, compared to my salomons atleast
Sooo your from NYC....I would suggest going to the Burton store and trying boots on then finding them to buy somewhere else. Right across the street down the block a little is the DC store, but I dont think they have snowboard boots- Not 100% positive, but from what I remember I dont think they did. Definitely worth it to look tho. That Burton store is so overpriced. I know that they can only sell Burton stuff at the Burton price everywhere, such as for every other brand also, but idk..I just feel like you can always find them cheaper online. Anyway, as for Burton, check out the rulers. Those got some really good reviews.
The DC judges...just to add my 2 cents here...have a stiffness rating of 7 on the website but they really are like a 5. They are really comfortable too. And they also pack out A LOT. So while you might be an 11, an 11 in the store might fit tight, but get the 11 believe me. They will fit after an hour of riding. And the liner has this thing on the heel, so heel lift in that boot will be non existant. They really are one of the only focus boa boots out there that arent as stiff as a damn ski boot. I know that Killclimbz said they aren't reliable...but check them out. Me and the BF did A LOT of research on SOOOO many different boots and he ended up going with the judges and he is very happy with them.
You said you want to check out some K2 boots also? K2 has some really nice boots. When the boa system first came out I know that the K2 Primes were a great boot. I dont know about the boots you mentioned, but I know that the K2 Prime's was a good Boa boot. The only thing about those were they didnt last long, about a season and a half. Then they fell apart.
Also, if your not too far, go to Long Island and check out Snohaus (in Hempstead). They dont have a huge selection, but give them a call and see what they do have. I am not such a fan of ski stop in Plainview cause I got into an argument with the managaer, but they do have a pretty big selection of snowboard stuff.