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Old 12-25-2012, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Would you buy 2008 model boots?

My wife tried on a number of Burton boots and she's a 6.5 in all of them.

She is trying to find some deals and came across some 2008 Burton Sapphire boots for $100.

Would you guys pick up something like this off the net, or just pay a little extra and get 2011-2013 boots instead?

She's a beginner and probably wouldn't notice the slight differences between the technology in a 2008 boot vs a 2012 boot.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll let others with more knowledge chime in, but my experience...

I bought an older used pair of Burton Rulers since I was just trying to get out there and even with all the deals I got I'd already dropped a ton on everything else. I don't even know what year my boots actually are, but they're OLD, even though they're in decent condition and are still rideable albeit the wrong fit for me. What I've learned is that the technology has moved so fast that stuff even only a few years old is pretty dated by now. My boots don't even have speed lace (for better or worse), and boots have since evolved to using a much smaller actual external footprint while still being the same size inside and having all the same support and insulation, etc features. Listening to the guys on here has shocked me how long (read: short) they ride a pair before they consider it shot and done.

If the boots are new, it might be an okay choice. If not, it depends on how used they are. After that, it depends on long you think she'll stick with boarding and how hard and now quick she'll go in them. That'll determine whether or not she'll just outgrow them soon or be fine for a while.

I'm already regretting not shelling out, but I tend to get pretty deep in my hobbies pretty fast and skip through the beginner purchases right into the higher end stuff so I don't waste any time and money. So, take that for what you will!
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The technology in the boot isn't the issue, it's the fit. You have no idea if that boot is going to fit her properly.
Shell out the extra money for a boot that she can physically try on, to make sure it fits her comfortably and allows her to have fun without experiencing foot pain.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would think you could get into a new boot for under $150 so I would totally steer away from them I sold some of my kids boots on CL only 1 yr old for $50 and they were $150 new, so I don't see those as being a good deal in the least
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What slyder said.

I picked up a pair of 09/10 thirty two Lashed womens in 10/11 for $100 from my local shop; they retailed somewhere around $215.

$100 for an 08 model seems pretty steep to me.

Check around locally (if you can) for any past season boots. You might have to ask, depending on the shop.
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Holy shit, why are people so concentrated on the price??

Make sure the boot FITS, so your wife will have a good time on the hill and won't complain. Boots are the single most important piece of equipment you have, considering it is the only piece that physically touches you.

Who cares if the boots are priced relatively high or low...MAKE SURE THEY FIT PROPERLY. That is the risk you take when buying online...are you willing to roll the dice?
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Holy shit, why are people so concentrated on the price??

Make sure the boot FITS, so your wife will have a good time on the hill and won't complain. Boots are the single most important piece of equipment you have, considering it is the only piece that physically touches you.

Who cares if the boots are priced relatively high or low...MAKE SURE THEY FIT PROPERLY. That is the risk you take when buying online...are you willing to roll the dice?
Because she and the OP are looking for a deal.

But you're absolutely right - they need to fit her.

I ended up with mine because they were the only boots that fit my feet. It was a bonus they were past season and a deal. I was looking at a new Nike model way over what I wanted to spend, but was willing to spend it IF they fit well. They didn't.

Agreed - I personally would be very wary about buying boots online.
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I am going to send her to our board shop and grab some boots
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The fact that you can get a better boot with better features than were offered in 2008 for the same price as a 2011 or 2012 boot. You still want fit, yes but if you can have a better more modern boot why in the world wouldn't you!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I bought some 08 Burton Sapphires for 80 dollars at one of those larger ski shops. They were not "used" boots. At first they killed my feet. I took them back and we took the liners out. The boots had these black aftermarket ankle support things glued on the liners. This was why they hurt so bad.

If the boots have been in a shop for a while they may of been purchased before and may not actually be new. There might be problems with them. Or in my experience they may be tweaked in some weird way that created a lot of pain.

I kept the boots. They are not hurting my feet at all anymore. I don't ever buy the newest and latest. I am not a beginner. No, I don't think I could buy an 11/12 boot for the same price with the same features.

It is important to try the boots. Did your wife try on the newest boots? I know I am a 5 in Sapphires because I rode 2 pairs before these new ones. I tried on the pair I have now. They were not seasons apart. It my be possible the current models are slightly different. I know years ago I had size 4 Burtons. So they do sometimes change the sizing.
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