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Old 03-12-2010, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How good are burton ION ?

So I was really pissed about my burton hail 08' because my left foot keep moving inside the boot, i guess that's my smaller foot ha, so I was looking into some boots in my local shop, I tried k2 t1 , salomon f20 and burton ION, the t1 was really a stiff boot compare to my hail, this one only has one boa on the liner which I don't understand the meaning of it at all and it is pinching the side of my calves. the salomon f20 were smaller than the t1, fit my feet pretty good, but overall construction just don't appeal to me, and I have a huge phobia to their lacing system.

Now comes the main character, ion, I tried them and they were really comfortable, although the liner wasn't really smooth inside, i felt there are small bumps, but the guy said it's memory heat moldable so it should be fine after that. however the price tag was 320 and I really can't convince myself to pay the premium for a liner, or is there something else that i'm missing?

all inputs are welcomed, since I really need a pair of boot badly.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had Ions back n the day and liked them, but after riding other boots they didnt even meassure up. I say keep tryinh boots on until you find a boot that fits and you like the price tag
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just got a pair of Ions real cheap for next season. I hope they're good! So far they seem nice but I haven't taken them for a test ride yet.
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just recently scored a cheap pair of Ion's too. Right from scratch these would have to be the most comfortable boot that I have worn. They are super light, not too stiff and have great damping. They seem to be one of the wider fitting Burton boots. A size 11 of these is perfect, whereas the same size Ruler was very uncomfortable for me. The lacing system really works for me. I'm stoked with them.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just bought a pair of Ions from evogear.com for $239, and love them already. However, they recently went back up to $279, which may be due to fear of reprisal "a la" what is happening to Sierra Snowboard at the moment. I received them Thursday (March 18), then broke them in Friday and Sunday.

I would describe the Ion Boots as being for aggressive freestyle-freeriding. They are not too stiff for freestyle, but not too flexible for freeriding: Just right. They pair up perfectly with the Lib-Tech Dark Series and Burton Cartel Bindings I bought this year.

Although they were a bitch to break-in, they felt great by the end of the second day. They even saved my ankles when I absolutely ate it on a 20 foot kicker. Does anyone know where I can purchase one of those donut cushions? I digress.

I wear a size 10.5 running shoe, but wear a size 10 snowboard boot. I highly suggest going a half size down because these will pack out. At the moment, my big toe just brushes up to the end of the boot. Perfect fit. I prefer it that way to make sure there is the most minimal heel lift possible with out destroying my toes.

Bottom Line: If you can get them for $239 or less, they will be worth every penny. Although, if my size was nearly sold out, I probably would have bought them for under $300. If you are strictly a park rider, go for something softer. I am 80% free ride and 20% park. If I am going to free style, I would much rather do it off a lip or log on natural terrain.

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Old 03-23-2010, 10:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would describe the Ion Boots as being for aggressive freestyle-freeriding. They are not too stiff for freestyle, but not to flexible for freeriding: Just right. They pair up perfectly with the Lib-Tech Dark Series and Burton Cartel Bindings I bought this year.
Looks like a good little kit you have there.

I would agree, the Ion is a great "do-everything" type boot. If I was in a Burton boot, that is the one I would be in. Oh, and on the T1 BOA on the liner thing...being able to adjust your liner tighter or looser without having to untie your boots is pretty nice (although not always needed).

+1 for Intuition liners
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Many thanks sir! Definitely stoked for next season. Just wish I lived out West, instead of Killadelphia. =/
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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IONs or Rulers, you can't go wrong. All around great boots, I love em for the all mtn. / freeriding days.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Have any of you guys had troubles with the Ion's speed lacing system?..I could imagine that over the course of a year (Planning on going 40+) the laces would lose their hold and/or break.
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I bought these boots at the end of this season. So I only had two days in them. I would check all reviews of boots with speed zone lacing to see about durability. Burton has a lifetime warranty, however I would call or check up on the "fine print" in regards to replacing laces.
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