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Old 01-26-2010, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have pair of vans Encore boots right now that have lasted me 3 season of boarding, the single boa system is starting to break down, and the boot is simply starting to fall apart. So now i am boot shopping!! I just wanted to hear about some durable companies that are going to last and take a beating. (be in mind, i live on hood and snowboard 250-300 days a year. So if you go 5 days in a season, not going to value your opinion to highly, no offense).

I think this season i want laces, i have had issues with these boa's and i just want a traditional boot again. So far i have looked at k2 darko boots, which have a nice fit and are comfortable, but will they last the test of time and punishment? Any other boot companies that can take a beating? I know a boot isn't going to last forever, but hey, im a college student and i want them to last! Thank you!
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those boots lasted you 3 seasons of 250+ days of riding?
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Seems my old vans hi-standards are made of steel. Have had them forever, don't really wear them anymore other than for slosh pits, but used them for at least 4 years and they are still holding up (just the liner is worn)
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those boots lasted you 3 seasons of 250+ days of riding?
Most people would hve bought new boots last season but I pushed them for one more year. I now have a huge tear on the toe on my left boot, and the tread on them is falling off. But yes, boots made of steel. But I want something new and more stylish. (my vans are a flat black and not to appealing but might justbuy another pair for their quality).
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i've got an old ass pair of 32s that have 5 seasons on them,but probably only 100-120 days total. They're in solid shape in terms of not falling apart, but they stink to hell which is the main reason I replaced them with the '09s...
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Boot durability is highly subjective mainly due to the fact everyone walks differently in their boots and rides different amounts of time. I know I walk heel heavy that's why I blow heels out on my boots and break back spines. I have friends that walk toe heavy and blow toe stitching. Pretty much everyones making a solid product durability is more up to the end user than anything else.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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From my past experience, DC's are a little more solid than 32's. My first pair of DC's that I bought in 2002 lasted four years. Then I bought another set of DC's in 2006, which lasted another four years. Neither needed replacing. This season I decided to get the 32 Lashed. They lasted 2 days. No joke...haha. The sole started separating from the heel and had to duct tape it to the boot to get by for 2 more days. Once I pulled the duct tape off to get them ready to ship back to 32, the sole was barely intact with the rest of the boot. But they were comfortable!
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