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Old 01-24-2010, 05:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vans Encore compared to K2 Transit

So, I got a pair of Vans Encore 1 and a half year ago, and I got them a size too big, and I'm regretting them now. My feet are shifting too much by mid day, and it's tiring out my feet, a bit of heel lift, some pressure points on the inner front area. I tried changing the insole with Superfeet Blue and stacking it on the stock insole, but it's not working. So I think it's time to get new boots.

I went to my local shop and the store salesperson let me try on some K2 Transit, best fit and most comfortable of all the boots I tried (didn't have too many selection at the store with my size, i'm gonna try another shop). I can feel that the Transit are much softer than the Encore. Do soft boots matter much on the mountain? I ride all mountain right now, I personally do more free-ride, but my friends doing more park, and I going in with them. I have a set of Rome Targa bindings, would it compensate for the softness?

I mainly want some more opinions on people that own or have tried these boots to see how they fare with the stiffness of other boots, and how it is for the type of riding I do.

The saleperson said that Vans make boots that are generally a bit more stiff that other companies. I did realize that the Encore and Transit were somewhat in the same price range. I did try some double boa system, and they were pretty nice, being able to adjust the tightness of bottom set of laces.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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some people like soft boots, some people like stiff boots

vans isn't any stiffer than any other company

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