hey all.. only about 180 sleeps til next season
I wanted to share my evaluations of boots. Heres my profile: I am 47 yrs old. Intermediate/advanced level. I just finished my third season as a snowboarder. I dryland train twice a week starting in september til opening day
210 lbs, 5'11", 62 custom, 64 customX, 62 skate banana, 60fish LTD.
First season we (me and my 2 teenage sons) took private snowboard lessons. I decided to buy gear right away instead of rent. I bought K2 raider Boa boots and a K2 A-Star board. In hindsight... the board.. too stiff for beginner. Boots *way* too soft. Comfortable YES. Severe foot fatigue and cramps.
season 2007- K2 raider boa boots- NOT RECOMMENDED. days on hill- 10. very comfy, fast/easy to adjust.. thats why i bought em. They were aqlso prolly 1/2 size too big. No power transfer. I had to work really hard wearing these boots. tightening them only helped a little bit but produced worse foot cramps. Stiffness- 3/10
season 2008- VANS Contra Boa- after a couple outings and suffering with the K2 boots I bought some Contras on ebay for 100.00. Days on hill- 30. First outing.. awesome. SUPPORT ! Wow.. so this is what real boots are. Power transfer is instant, no slop no mush. These boots are VERY stiff, about 8/10. Foot cramps/fatigue gone. They have one boa dial.
season 2009- Burton Driver X- i bought these partway into season cause the Vans Contras were getting pretty beat up. I logged about 20 days in the Driver x boots. They are very comfy, stiff as all get go- 9/10. The speed laces (2 zones) are pretty good but not as effective as boa, IMO. I will say the Driver X are more comfy than the Contras. The lower lace-eyes tore out on my last day of season (last month). because they are less than a yr old.. Burton shipped me a brand new pair- 2010 model.
Awesome customer service.
next season- I picked up some 2010 DC Status boots last week for 209.00 online. These are much lower profile than contra or driver x.. both those boots are somewhat fat. I wore these at home for about 2 hrs. They are light. they are very very comfortable. no hotspots after 2 hrs. Superior heel hold. 2 boa dials. even the footbed seems ok (but i'll swap it out with superfeet after several uses). Stiffness- havent used them on mtn yet, so anyway i will guess 7 or 8/10 .
K2 Raider Boa- days used: about 12. way too soft.. low end boot. dont waste your cash.
Vans Contra Boa- days: about 40. stiffness 8/10. Comfort 7/10. Good intermediate level boot.
Burton Driver X- days: 25. stiffness 9/10, comfort 8/10. Reliability of laces is suspect.
DC Status- days: zero. Stifness 7.5/10, comfort 9/10. these boots i am stoked about for nxt season. They are low profile and heelhold is superior. These will be aewsome for medium to narrow feet. The other boots are wider for sure. I will prolly alternate my new driverX's and these all season.
weights- on my digital scale, in ounces-
DC Status - 39.7 sz9
Vans Contra-47.8 sz10
Driver X- 37.6 sz9.5
Conclusion- I tried on Vans Cirro double boa, K2 T1 DB (double boa), DC Status, and DC Judge at the same store/same time. This was about a week ago. The cirros were "fat" and heavy. The K2 looked real nice.. i wanted them to work out but after 10 mins some hot spots were appearing. The DC Judge and Status were both awesome. I chose the Status cause the bootie was top of the line. the Judges perhaps look better. the end.