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Old 01-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i currently have sz10 k2 thraxis. recently removed the soles to make the toe box more comfortable.

what are the benefits of lighter weight boots on the mountain? i mostly just freeride.

currently looking at the ride RFL or the 32 ultralight. i have not actually tried them on yet because if i go to the shop, ill probably walk out $300 poorer, so im kinda trying justifying keeping my thraxis instead of another expense.

besides walking around the mountain, will lighter boots actually help with freeriding? noticable difference with board control?
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No lighter boots are really only benificial for freestyle. Although having a lighter setup may be nice when on the chairlift or just walking around it won't benifit a freerider. The only thing you should focus on is comfort number one and flex and other things later. Although if you do feel you want a light boot check out the Forum line all of their boots I tried on were real light if you don't mind the feeling of wearing cardboard on your feet.
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If you do alot of hiking, lighter boots are definitely worth it. I have the Ride FUL's, and outside of my recent heel lift issue, they are great, for freestyle and freeride. And when I hike, I find my legs aren't nearly as dead as they have been in previous boots.
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i currently have sz10 k2 thraxis. recently removed the soles to make the toe box more comfortable.

what are the benefits of lighter weight boots on the mountain? i mostly just freeride.

currently looking at the ride RFL or the 32 ultralight. i have not actually tried them on yet because if i go to the shop, ill probably walk out $300 poorer, so im kinda trying justifying keeping my thraxis instead of another expense.

besides walking around the mountain, will lighter boots actually help with freeriding? noticable difference with board control?
No, reduced boot weight gives you ZERO benefit while freeriding. It's nice to have (reduced weight), but it should never be why you get the boot (compared to fit or added support).
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i currently have sz10 k2 thraxis. recently removed the soles to make the toe box more comfortable.

what are the benefits of lighter weight boots on the mountain? i mostly just freeride.

currently looking at the ride RFL or the 32 ultralight. i have not actually tried them on yet because if i go to the shop, ill probably walk out $300 poorer, so im kinda trying justifying keeping my thraxis instead of another expense.

besides walking around the mountain, will lighter boots actually help with freeriding? noticable difference with board control?
You should get new boots. Not to get lighter ones, but cause yours clearly DON'T FIT YOU RIGHT. You took the insoles out for better fit. They actually just don't fit.

Hell most the time I have people getting thicker more supportive insoles.

Go get fitted and buy what is most comfortable, disregard weight, looks, and flex (generally, don't get a straight up park boot like Hails or the new Salomon with the giant velcro strap...). You will get more "performance" out of your bindings anyway. Boots are mostly to keep your feet warm and comfy.
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