I'm in the market for new boots again this year. I bought a pair of 32 primes last year, but I lost approximately 80 pounds and completely changed my body type. Needless to say, nothing I had fits anymore.
I'm an instructor and need something comfortable, supportive, and relatively stiff for aggressive riding. Preferably something with a small foot print too, my primes gave me some toe drag. I'm a size 11-12 with a relatively wide foot.
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.
Congrats on the weight loss!
I am a part time instructor (taking this season off), where do you teach at? I am pretty sold on the DC judge (over 80 days in the last 2 seasons). They have the best heel hold of any boot I have tried on (The liner harness is integrated to the shell and the liners are great). They have a minimal footprint - if you compare them side by side they match both salomon and burtons footprint (which are supposed to be reduced) and they were smaller than the ride boots footprint. I have skinny ankles and a wide forefoot. They fit me better than the other boots I have tried (I have tried vans aura, k2 mayasis, ride insano, burton imperial, burton grail, salomon f22, and dc ceptor). They have the dual zone boa which i really like as the metal wires dont loosen as you ride all day. They have a different dual boa design which enables more ankle flex. The downside in my opinion is they are kinda stiff until you break them in. I like the broken in feel (slightly softer) as I think it enables more dorsiflexion in the ankle joint. I have the 2011s, and only bought the 2012s as I was able to fit into an entire size smaller size comfortably (I went from size 11 (2011 model which still fit great) to size 10 in the 2012 model). Obviously you should try on some boots in person to see what fits your foot. Just my 2 cents.
In the past summer I had the chance to went to a glaciar and the opportunity to try a lot of stuff, boards bindings and boots.
My feet are not too wide and I have a quite narrow ankle, my size is a 10 - 10.5 depends on the brands. I tried several boots and I think for your type of needs you could go on the following: Salomon F (don't remember exactly which number but is not the top one), Vans Cirro (quite stiff) or the Nitro Team. I would not know which one to choose, I think the Salomon is really tight on the ankle, you'll feel your foot hold pretty well. Vans is probably the stiffest one and offer a quite good lace adjustment with BOA, quite confy as well. The Nitro also has a quite good lace adjustment and it's also confortable, I would say a bit softer. All and all 3 good boots. Up to you, I hope this was helpfull.
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