Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Champlain Valley,VT
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I have the same setup-CustomX, Cartels. I bought some slightly used Ions(The first year with speedlacing) and they were perfect for what I was doing,which was some glades, other ungroomed and groomed slopes.They were a bit large and broken in so.....
I switched out those for a new pair of DriverX, and liked them at first ,as they gave plenty of control at high speed, but at low speed, in trees and with softer boards, they were too stiff mind you , this was after about 30 days of riding everything except rails/boxes/pipe they didn't break in much at all.I started getting knee pain at this time.
Then I switched to a softer rockered board and on the advice of a pro at Burton, went to a Burton Ambush boot which I absolutely love. This gave me lots of control for my Custom X high speed riding,yet did not make me feel all locked in place like the Driver X.This boot also works great for my freestyle setup.(arbor Blacklist,Cartels).My knee pain is now much less.
I wouldn't go with a stiffer boot than the Ion...make sure you try on the boots before buying.
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