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Choosing between new Deeluxe boots

Just got the 3 pairs of Deeluxe boots: XVe, Spark Summit, and Spark XV. The idea is to choose one pair out of the 3 and send back 2 others. I'll be using them for splitting/touring. But I also suspect they'll become my everyday freeride boots if I like them well enough.

Even though I'm women's size 6.5 all 3 pairs seem to fit well my short but seriously wide feet. I also don't feel any calf biting so potentially I can use any model, none jumps out at me as an unwearable option and none have any particular immediate drawbacks I can discern just walking around the room.

But here's a question to anyone who's familiar with these boot options. I feel like I don't especially need the stiffest flex so the most logical thing would be to go with XVe model, especially that I like how tightly it fits to Spark baseplates and how low profile and high quality it feels. But even though it is marked as a medium flex it feels distinctly stiff to me. Definitely as stiff as the other 2 models if not stiffer. What gives? At this point I'm wondering if it's just me and my puny chicken female ankles that don't let me tell the difference or there is not that much of a flex difference? I'm kinda suspecting it's the latter.

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Can't help with the decision, I only know the Spark XV, my main freeride/touring boot since 3 years; overall they held up very nicely, only weak point are the little plastic lace stoppers. I broke two of them. I'd recommend to get a replacement kit; one still can lace them without the stopper with a bit tweaking, but it's more handy to replace them.

If you don't get answers here, try your luck at splitboard.com; there are some serious hiking/touring boot enthusiasts.
Or write Deeluxe directly. It's a small company with helpful customers service. They have sent me replacement stoppers and also back-up laces (I like to have everything backed-up on our trips ) w/o discussion.
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Can't help with the decision, I only know the Spark XV, my main freeride/touring boot since 3 years; overall they held up very nicely, only weak point are the little plastic lace stoppers. I broke two of them. I'd recommend to get a replacement kit; one still can lace them without the stopper with a bit tweaking, but it's more handy to replace them.

If you don't get answers here, try your luck at splitboard.com; there are some serious hiking/touring boot enthusiasts.
Or write Deeluxe directly. It's a small company with helpful customers service. They have sent me replacement stoppers and also back-up laces (I like to have everything backed-up on our trips ) w/o discussion.
Yeah, the first thing I did was contact Deeluxe and their answer boiled down to something like "umm, the XVe is supposed to be softer... we think..." I mean we talked at length, much of it was about techincalities of the specific foot motions as they pertain to splitting and boot construction, which was pretty informative by the way. But they mention they don't have any of the feedback like mine. On the other hand not many people want to drop over a thou on 3 pairs of boots at a time to try them on in the comfort of their living room so they just simply may not be comparing all models at the same time and not getting this subtlety of differences like I'm doing.

Good call on back-ups. Thanks. It always slips my mind. BTW, love speedlaces. I might be one of those anachronisms who could never find BOAs that felt right. But then again, I'm one of those anachronisms that ride with my boots practically unlaced so...
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Hmmm... have you compared the flex strapped into the bindings? Little differences in how tight you've tightened the ancle part (which makes the boot feel stiffer the tighter) may be leveled out when steapped in and you may feel a more pronounced difference between the models?

BTW: Which liner did you get? The PF will pack out quite a bit. I could have gone half a size smaller after half a season.


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Hmmm... have you compared the flex strapped into the bindings? Little differences in how tight you've tightened the ancle part (which makes the boot feel stiffer the tighter) may be leveled out when steapped in and you may feel a more pronounced difference between the models?

BTW: Which liner did you get? The PF will pack out quite a bit. I could have gone half a size smaller after half a season.
Yes, I did. Just being strapped in I can't really tell much of a difference. The liners are PFs and they came with boots. I can't order a different size or model, there aren't many dealers that carry them in US and even fewer have my size at all.

I think I'm going to go with XVe, even if they are stiffer than I would have liked. Pretty much sold on the quality of the boot and the fit to Sparks. Going to be my New Year's present to myself.
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I think the XVe is quite a nice boots. I have the ID.6.2 pf and I thought they are pretty stiff already. I think the spark xv and XVe will do the job.

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I think the XVe is quite a nice boots. I have the ID.6.2 pf and I thought they are pretty stiff already. I think the spark xv and XVe will do the job.

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I agree with you. I thought XVe might be a tad too stiff but it's nothing I can't deal with and from what I got out of the discussion with Deeluxe support they should soften up once in use. They should be up for the job just fine.
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Going to be my New Year's present to myself.
Those are the nice treaties!

Oh... wait... one is supposed to present oneself for New Year...? Oh wait! I sure find something I need. Thanks for the hint


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Oh... wait... one is supposed to present oneself for New Year...? Oh wait! I sure find something I need. Thanks for the hint
There's always a holiday to treat yourself. Hell, my hub uses random car model releases and Apple software upgrade announcements as excuses to get himself new bike gear. I'm not that shameless just yet but I think New Years absolutely qualifies as a Christmas 2.0 or a birthday or something. Totally legit in justifying giving yourself selfish expensive gifts you'd never get otherwise.
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There's always a holiday to treat yourself. Hell, my hub uses random car model releases and Apple software upgrade announcements as excuses to get himself new bike gear. I'm not that shameless just yet but I think New Years absolutely qualifies as a Christmas 2.0 or a birthday or something. Totally legit in justifying giving yourself selfish expensive gifts you'd never get otherwise.
Lol. Every year when a new Flag stands at the door, hubby - aghast - means "why yet another one?!?" And since I don't want to bore him with my mind bugging search for perfection, I play the girl's card and say "oh, this year's had the sweeter color" to justify . Next year I'll happily use the "because it's New Year" line .
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