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Old 01-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, I can't - and only one other person here has 686/NB boots.

Either buy some online knowing you are willing to return them if they don't fit (check the return policy!) or try them on in a store first. Given that these were closeouts, I had to do the former - but everthing worked out fine.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My friend has been riding for over 15 years.

LOVES these boots and said it's the first time he has ever found a boot that stops his heel lift. $.02
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of 686 and NB, so I've been really interested in these boots since they were first introduced 3yrs ago. Unfortunately not a single store around here stocks them, so I haven't been able to try them on, and I can't buy without trying!
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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old thread revival here...

i just picked up the 580 double boas over labor day at a shop in Big Bear, CA. marked down to 99! couldnt believe the fit. the fit much like their sneakers in size and are super comfortable. i put em on and played with the kids outside for like 4 hours and almost forgot i was wearing snow boots. i havent ridden them yet, as nothing near me is open yet. feels like a good stiff boot though. thats what i was hoping for. my DCs packed out way too much and are too loose, plus have numerous "hot spots" or pressure points. they made my feet ache until they went numb. not a good combo for freeriding! or any type of riding for that matter.

if i remember, i will come back and update with my thoughts on the boots. the wife finally let me get a season pass this year, so really hoping for a good winter to put em through the paces; no pun intended.
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Surprisingly, REI started carrying them this year. Pretty shocked that they have them while none of the core local shops carry them such as Evo and Snowboard Connection. I tried them on, loved them, and swiped my cc. Tried them out for the first time yesterday so will have to throw up a review at some point.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:10 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Surprisingly, REI started carrying them this year. Pretty shocked that they have them while none of the core local shops carry them such as Evo and Snowboard Connection. I tried them on, loved them, and swiped my cc. Tried them out for the first time yesterday so will have to throw up a review at some point.
I'm on the 580 focus boa right now. Fucking sweet. So responsive.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm on the 580 focus boa right now. Fucking sweet. So responsive.
And at least 1lb. lighter than most other boots out there.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:06 AM   #18 (permalink)
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i rode the 790's the first season they came out... and they were horrible. I seriously couldnt be in them for an hour... they made my feet hurt and cramp. i have no idea why. i work at a shop and worn plenty of boots. but this just didn't mingle with me feet well. compared to my nike vapens. they were a stiffer boot than vapens.
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The 580 is a completely different beast, and has evolved over the last 4 years as well, so it's nothing like the same model from 2 seasons ago either. You referenced Nike Vapens, but those are softer boots so most boots would be stiffer.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:18 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I clicked this link and for some reason thought. this was from OP.

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can anyone review the 686 new balances vs nikes???
any ways. i thought id share my experiences with the two. must have also missed that we were talking about 580's
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