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Old 12-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I've been using the Salomon Dialogue boots for a while and I may look into replacing them either midway through this season or early next. These are overall great boots for me. I have relatively narrow feet so these fit me like a glove. Also, my feet are not identical in length with my left foot coming up about a quarter size smaller, so the fact that Salomon boots don't pack out much was a HUGE plus. I love, love, love their hybrid lacing system. However, I'm also one to try out new things, new tech, etc. and would love to hear some recommendations for boots that are similar to Salomon in build, quality, and overall awesomeness.

You could say I'm an all-mountain freestyle rider. I don't bomb down the mountain, but I love to ride aggressive. I tackle whatever the terrain throws at me (groomers, ice, powder, glades, etc.); I also love jibbing off the side and taking off on rollers when they're around. Not too much of a park rat but I'll take laps in it, mostly small tricks on the rails/boxes and some of the small/medium jumps. Comfort isn't a premium, but I would like something that I can easily make a hike in with good grip on pitched areas.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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in general, salomon seem to fit my feet the best, too. I loved the old dialogues. I would say stick with with a boot you know fits well, but dialogues have changed the past couple seasons. I had the 2009 and when I went to buy 2011, they had gotten much larger/bulkier, albeit with more features...and they didn't fit quite as snug, either.

I ended up with some salomon F20 (a half size larger), which fit almost as well as my 09 dialogue, but are quite a compromise (no removable liner, padding isn't as cushy, if it gets wet/takes longer to dry, etc)
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I rode Salomon F20s the past two years and found they were a great boot. But the Salomon speed lace system is not as good as others, such as Burton. This year I switched to DC Status boots and so far and really like them. I also have narrow feet and find these fit very well. Also, the dual Boa lacing system is really easy and fast.

The Status is DC's stiffest boot. If you want something a little less stiff, the Judges are a good boot for that.
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If you're looking for something aggressive but that you can still jib in from time to time look at the DC Ceptor. I think the Judge is too stiff to jump on rails with because of it's lack of lateral flex.
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ah, thanks for the recommendations. i'll take a look at all of them!

i'm likely going to stick with what i know, but i'm always up to try new stuff, especially in a sport with as many options as snowboarding. after all, i won't know what i like unless i try, right?

of course, this has led me to go through 3 boards and 3 sets of bindings in 2 years...
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it is good to try new stuff...but it's also a pita, considering everything you have to go through to find an acceptable fit and style...at least for me (I'm really picky). That's the only reason I tend to be brand loyal...because I don't want to deal with the hassle and time (=money) of searching
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