I'm in a bit of a bind in trying to find some new boots this year as there are only two stores locally that sell boots, and their selection is super thin. I need to find some good boots and unfortunately my purchase is going to be online. I hope that some ladies (or men!) out there would be willing to give me a few good pointers on some of the stock out this year, or last years even.
I need a med-stiff to stiff boot that is made to freeride every day, since I will either be teaching or riding myself. I've been riding hard boots all summer long, and my DC's from last year packed out by the end of the season. I need something snug along the ankles/heel and will fit a slim foot with normal arch, preferably with traditional, sturdy lacing (none of that fancy lacing crap).
I've tried 32s, north wave, DC and Burton. I was the happiest with my 32s, but I'm more than willing to give another company a shot knowing that boots change from year to year.
Pigtails: It is impossible for anyone to recommend you one best brand let along a best boot. Everyone's feet are completely different. Even between siblings.
The only possible way to find a great boot is to try them on. This will most likely mean that you have to visit local shops. You can order online and do returns, but that is going to stack up your shipping bills.
What part of Michigan are you in? We have several shops around MI. Summit Sports and Don Thomas Sport Haus. Summit Sports is all over and Don Thomas is in downtown Birmingham.
I'm located in Houghton in the U.P. of Michigan, which means the closest place to travel is Marquette, and still they have next to nothing. Does hill size = availability or what. Anyway, I've heard Solomon is actually a wider boot for women, though they used to fit narrow feet better back in the day. And Nike? Has anyone actually ridden with a Nike boot yet? I thought they just came out this year...
I appreciate the feedback though, as well as having my first drama deflowering on a post here. Funnies.
If you have to order online, go with Dogfunk/Backcountry or REI. Both have unlimited no questions asked return policies which means (and this is the important part) you can use them a few times and return them if you don't like the way they fit, feel, pack out, not stiff enough, too stiff, etc.
AFAIK there is only one licensed Nike SB dealer in Michigan, they're somehwere over near Grand Rapids IIRC (I had to look it up a few weeks ago).
too many michigan people in one thread:0 dont forget celsuis! failed to see one person give celsuis a try and not love them...i would reccomend going a half size down from the 32s as the have a rather similar fit, but dont forget boots pack out
also like the site dave..imma check out that caberfae shit..9$ holy balls! i need some south east detroit area deals asap! lol
nike is going on its 3rd season if i remember correctly..they generally had good reviews, but people were starting to make claims of them falling apart at the end of the season. im sure nike fixed this, but it also may be due to the materials, they were supposedly super cushy..