F22 vs Malamute
I have been riding in the F22's for 3 seasons and it's finally time to replace them (100+ days of hard riding took its toll). I am looking at getting another pair of F22's, or switching to Malamutes. I can't find any local shops that carry the F22, so I can't compare the boots new side by side, but a few carry the Malamute and it does fit my foot well. I really want a stiff boot that will hold up well to hard riding, but my main concern with the Malamutes is that they will be too stiff for park riding. How do the two boots compare? I ride a pretty even mix of park and freeride, but when I ride park I only do jumps and pipe--no rails. My main park board is a 156 Rome Anthem with Cartels...I definitely prefer more responsive gear, even in the park. When there is powder I hop on my 162 GNU Billy Goat with Targas and go searching for cliffs, cornices and chutes--by far my favorite type of riding, although sometimes I will still ride the 'Goat on groomer days and practice my carving. I guess my main question is this: once the Salomon Malamutes and F22's break in, how do they compare in stiffness? Does anybody here ride with the Malamutes in the park? Also how much do they pack out? If I hear that the Malamutes soften up a decent amount while breaking in or are only marginally stiffer than the F22 then I will likely go get a pair before the season starts.