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Need a stiffer boot...Help

So last year I rode with the 32 lashed boots. Nice comfy boot, but I was having to tie them so tight that my calves went numb a few times in order to try to take some flex out them. When I say stiffer, I mean the forward flex, not side to side. None of the 32 boots really offer a significant difference in the direction I need more support.

The bulk of the riding we do is freeride (bowls, steeps, groomers, blah, blah,blah) , with the occasional kicker...no pipe, rails, or anything like that.

I may keep the lashed boots for local riding...but for trips out west I want something stiffer.

Tried on the K2 darko yesterday and they aren't too bad. A little stiffer, and fairly comfy.

Are there other boots worth checking out? Burton boots are a bit narrow for my foot.
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The Darko is a softer boot. Go to the Maysis.

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LOVE my B. DriverX. but yes, they are narrower. Great support.

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LOVE my B. DriverX. but yes, they are narrower. Great support.
+1 the driver X's are great...

Also look at the Burton Serow, they're meant for the Japanese market so they fit a little different (wider?) than other boots. They're a great backcountry/off-piste freeride boot.

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I got these boots last year. I wanted a stiff ass boot too. They are amazing, best boot I have ridden. I ride the same style you do, mostly freeride. Crazy comfortable
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Thanks for the replies!

I have been looking at the driver X, but the fit o fthe other burton boots I have tried on makes me not leary of buying them since nowhere around me locally has them. So I would have to order them on a maybe.

I have not looked at any DC boots yet...I will now.

I don't want to just order a bunch online then return the ones that don't fit right....but that may be my only option.

Going to try some stores a bit further away from me tonight and see if I can fint something.
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Thanks for the replies!

I have been looking at the driver X, but the fit o fthe other burton boots I have tried on makes me not leary of buying them since nowhere around me locally has them. So I would have to order them on a maybe.

I have not looked at any DC boots yet...I will now.

I don't want to just order a bunch online then return the ones that don't fit right....but that may be my only option.

Going to try some stores a bit further away from me tonight and see if I can fint something.
I went out on a limb and ordered the status last year on line. kinda sketchy not being able to try them on, but like i said, it turned it the best investment. I was able to stay on the mountain almost twice as long as i used to be able to do with my old K2 boots. Nothing against K2 boots, mine were just very old, 7 years of riding in them. The DC boots fit like a glove and keep my heel secure(my main problem with my old K2 Boots was heel lift), but likely was caused just from being old loose boots
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I went and tried on a few more boots this evening...

Tried on some burton boots and surprisingly after about 30 minutes they actually got more comfy. I would like to try on the ion or the driver x.
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Solomon Malamute or Burton Driver X. I have the Burton Ions and love them, but they are a bit more flexible heel to toe, which I like for jumps. The Ions are known for their ability to be quite responsive, but still flexible. I had Driver Xs too and they were awesome freeride boots, but I wasn't a fan of hitting jumps with them. They have a hard plastic panel that you can slide in under the laces to slightly increase stiffness and increase longevity of the stiff flex.

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+1 the driver X's are great...

Also look at the Burton Serow, they're meant for the Japanese market so they fit a little different (wider?) than other boots. They're a great backcountry/off-piste freeride boot.

Jesus Christ man!... do you ride anything made for the North American market you live in??? you're always trying to buy snowboards from Europe and now you're riding boots made only for the Japanese... what the hell???? If you start a group buy for some Albanian bindings, count me out!
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