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Old 03-21-2012, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok... Let's see if someone can help me out.

I have recently discovered Northwave boots, and I am blown away by the quality of these things. I stumbled into West Coast Sports here in Vancouver, and tried on the Caliber, Domain, and Decade SL boots.

I finally bought a pair of Decade SL's... They were as comfortable as Salomon boots for my feet (and that says A LOT!), but the price is easier to swallow.

I was also VERY impressed with the T-Track ratcheting system on the Caliber, BOA can't even come close! But, the Calibers weren't the stiff boot I wanted, so I passed on them.

At any rate, I went home and found their High end T-Track boot... It's actually called the T-TRACK, and it's EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a boot - stiff for freeriding, and a BOA-esque speed ratchet system that actually HOLDS. Looks like this:

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I contacted the guy at West Coast about getting a pair, and he said they didn't produce them this year due to low order volume?!? I didn't believe it for a second, so I emailed all the addresses I could find, and tracked down the USA distributor phone number (not easy).

They said that the boot had indeed been produced this year, but they had no more... Although he did not sound very sure of himself. Either these boots sell as fast as they are made, or the Store owner at West Coast was right, because I can't find them anywhere. I saw one pair on Ebay, but not my size.

Looking for a US 10.5/Mondo 28.5

If anyone knows a retailer that carries these, or has a new pair they want to sell, please contact me.. Otherwise I'll be making a pre-order to West Coast Sports and waiting for the next 6 months for them to ship in... LOL

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Old 03-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't heard of any Northwave dealers carrying the T-Track.

But I picked up a pair of the Domains (which are Northwave's stiffest boot) with the upper and lower speed lace system. Love them! Very fast to adjust and very stiff.

I'm on my 3rd pair of Northwaves, the build quality is fantastic!
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I would have bought the Domain SLs if they weren't so expensive. The Decade SL is the same boot without the carbon spine, so the price was much better and almost as stiff.

I would shell out for the T-Track, but not the Domain. If I'm gonna spend that much cash, I want exactly what I'm looking for

Here's to hoping I can find a pair for opening sales next season!

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I hear you about the price. I got last year's model Domain on sale for $130 which is a big reason why I pulled the trigger on the deal.

You might have better luck searching European websites or searching in combo bike/boarding shops (as opposed to snowboard/wakeboard/skateboard shops. Northwave is Italian and way bigger into high end road bike stuff than snowboarding gear.
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That is a great looking system. I assume there's greater gearing down than with the boa's? And the lanyard retracts? (Like starting a lawnmower) or am I completely off base?
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had a pair of Northwave Decades a long time ago. Quality was great and everything, but man they were too stiff and I think I got toe stubbing.

Otherwise, like other posters have said the quality is pretty good.
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That is a great looking system. I assume there's greater gearing down than with the boa's? And the lanyard retracts? (Like starting a lawnmower) or am I completely off base?
Starting a lawnmower is exactly what is is like and yes, the lanyard retracts right back into the coil, so you have nothing to tuck away. The red switch locks it in place, and you flip it off to release the cable and open the boot. It took me all of 10 seconds to have the Caliber boot on my foot and cinched up. Took me even less time to take them off! The Caliber is their only other boot that has the T-Track, and it looks like this:

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The cable is made from parachute line, you can reef as hard as you want on it and it will not snap. See that strap going across the middle of the boot? Built in heel lock system that is ingenious! I own a pair of dual BOA Vans Auras, and when you really want to cinch it up, I find it gets tough because you don't really have any leverage - not so with this T-Track system. See all those brass bushings where the cable zig-zags? Those act like pulleys, and its takes no effort to tighten them as much as you want.



What do you mean by gearing down being greater? Do you mean the tension drops faster throughout the day? Not from what I could tell when I had them on in the store. I was wearing the "low-end" Calibers for a good 30 minutes while walking around looking at other stuff. And I didn't feel like it needed dual zone Track systems at all - nice even pressure across your whole foot, fit like a glove.

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I hear you about the price. I got last year's model Domain on sale for $130 which is a big reason why I pulled the trigger on the deal.

You might have better luck searching European websites or searching in combo bike/boarding shops (as opposed to snowboard/wakeboard/skateboard shops. Northwave is Italian and way bigger into high end road bike stuff than snowboarding gear.
Lucky man, that is a seriously sweet deal for a boot of that quality.

Yeah, I've searched high and low everywhere - I just think they didn't make very many of them this year and sold out quick. Northwave isn't extremely well known, but a company that builds a product like this deserves some attention so I'm trying to spread a bit of the word...

It would be a shame for them to discontinue a product for lack of interest.
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found a website that carries them however I think they are out of your size
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Basin sports at killington is listing a a pair of domain's in mondo 28.5 for $ 140.00
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