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Old 02-03-2010, 02:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got into snowboarding about a year ago when I moved to Alaska. I bought all Salomon gear, including the boots. Now that I'm really starting to get the hang of it, I've realized that my boots aren't the greatest. Especially after reading threads on here. I get quite a bit of heel lift and it's kind of crazy riding the front edge of my board. I can tell that better fitting boots would go a long ways towards my riding ability. I'm pretty sure that I'd like to go with a BOA system. What would you guys recommend? I've been shopping at Sports Authority and REI for my gear. I'm not familiar with any good shops up here. I really don't want to spend more than $300 for boots. I don't mind spending less either! Thoughts? Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The ones that fit your feet the best. Sorry to sound like a smartass, but it's the only real answer. Boots that are great for one person can easily be complete shit for the next. Which Salomon's do you have? Salomon's generally run narrow, so if you're having heel lift problems, you may be stuck in the same boat as me and just have a really narrow heel. If you do, your choices will be extremely limited. I bet I've tried on 50 different types of boots and the only ones I've found that fit right yet are the Salomon F22s.
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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300 dollars for boots?
That was my budget for the entire set up!
Youze a lucky brotha.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are doing BIG mountain riding( i.e. steeps, etc.) then you might want to check out the DC Allegiance( a dual BOA system boot)or any boot that is higher in the stiffness scale. If you are doing more park and or all Mountain Riding check out the Burton Rulers (speed Lacing system) that have Medium Flex.

Also, if you have heel lift problems or have a narrower heel. look for boots with some sort of system to keep the heel down. i.e. inner lacing brace, or ankle stoppers.
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Do not get the DC Allegiance boots. Made like crap. I went through two pairs both on warranty return. DC's quality is not great. I'd only recommend buying that boot if it's the only one that fits your foot.

K2, Vans, Celsius (I think they still have BOA), and others have the Dual BOA (focus) system and are good quality boots. K2 has the model that in addition to the BOA focus system has a BOA liner. So three knobs. It seems like a bit much, but after checking them out, they are pretty slick. If those suckers fit my foot, that'll probably be the next boot I get. I have yet to find a quick lace liner that stays locked down. The BOA system should fix that.
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Do not get the DC Allegiance boots. Made like crap. I went through two pairs both on warranty return. DC's quality is not great. I'd only recommend buying that boot if it's the only one that fits your foot.

K2, Vans, Celsius (I think they still have BOA), and others have the Dual BOA (focus) system and are good quality boots. K2 has the model that in addition to the BOA focus system has a BOA liner. So three knobs. It seems like a bit much, but after checking them out, they are pretty slick. If those suckers fit my foot, that'll probably be the next boot I get. I have yet to find a quick lace liner that stays locked down. The BOA system should fix that.
killclimbz, that really sucks. They lasted three years for me. Luck of the draw I guess.

To Org. Poster ------> One think to note is to be carefull with dual Boa systems if you have a winged hi-back binding.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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spend $250 on boots that fit you best and $50 on new insoles such as Sole or Superfeet
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I agree with this guy ^^ I'm currently looking at some Celcius Cirrus and already have a new pair of superfeet insoles. But do your research and find a boot that fits your riding style as well as your foot...and get feedback from people...for example DC boots aren't the quality the pricetag would lead you to believe.
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What kind of Salomons do you have now? Heel lift shouldn't be an issue in their F22's. Their F boots are among the best boots money can buy. The K2 Thraxis, T1 DB, and Maysis are also options to look into. I had the $350 DC Status focus boas last year, and didn't like them.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just picked up Thirty Two Lashed Snowboard Boots from The House Snowboards Snowboard Boots Bindings Clothing, after searching SaleCamel.com - Find It On Sale For Cheap for a good deal (best site for snowboard boots). The funny thing is they sent me two right feet (which I didn't realise till I got to the hill). They were awesome and sent me a replacement pair ASAP. Long story short those boots are sick and I don't think you need anything nicer then that.
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