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Old 08-17-2013, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey friends - I've been riding the '09 Burton Ions for the past five seasons and they finally gave out on me. They were on their last legs in the '11/'12 season but I was too poor for new ones. Not so, now! I loved how comfortable they were on my feet and the stiffness they provided for the first 40ish days.

I was originally thinking Nike, since I heard some great things about the Kaiju and Zoom DK from fellow instructors, and Burton is out of my price range/not wowing me right now. But I wear a size 13 shoe and some have said Nikes are a bit on the bulky side. I don't need any more toe drag, so I THINK those are out...

I've really been looking at Salomon lately. Used to have an old pair of F22's I think a long time ago, and the more I look at the deals on last season's line from Dogfunk REI and Evo, the more I like. Which leaves me with models...

Dialogue, F2.0, F3.0 and Synapse. I've scoured the forums here reading what everyone has to say, and now I'm looking for a few recommendations from you all. I can't try any on in-person since my LBSs don't carry Salomon - just looking for some personal insight. I'll likely end up ordering 2 and sending one back.

I like a stiff boot, not Malamute stiff, but good for hard-charging nonetheless. I'm also trying to get more into all-mtn freestyle this season, so ideally I feel like the Dialogues or F2/3 would be a better match for that style or riding. But I've also heard Synapses are super comfy and can do it all.

Super excited for new boots this year. Thanks so much for the help!
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The dialogues are super comfortable, but please do size down. If you have narrow feet then these may not be for you. I normally wear 9.5 sneakers and I bought 9.5 dialogues thinking that it was true to size but it wasn't. I ended up getting lots of heal lift so I had to buy L bars. Others than that they are pretty good boots.

I also have great experience with thirty two boots as well. Thirty two focus boots.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've owned the Forum Recon, K2 Maysis, Burton AWOL, and now I'm riding the Nike Zoom Ites.

Forum Recon-I didn't find it comfortable at all

K2 Maysis double boa- it was a nice boot but had pressure points above the ankle.

Burton AWOL-extremely comfortable but a flex 3 if I recal, so not very resonsive. They are 3 seasons old now and I moved to Nike out of curiosity and to add just a little more response.

Nike Zoom Ites-impressive design, very cushy and comfortable, 3 levels of flex but I don't ride with any inserts in the liner and they still have great response. As far as bulk, they seem wider but not longer(heel to toe). I think the bulk comes from the liner being much thicker then I'm use to, but I'm ok with adding more cushion.

My friend is crazy about his 32 lashed ft boots.
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The best boot is the one that fits your foot and your needs. Everyone on here will recommend you boots, which doesn't mean shit they aren't looking at your foot and then going shit I think this and this will fit that shape. Just get off your ass and go try on some.
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Dialogue, F2.0, F3.0 and Synapse. I've scoured the forums here reading what everyone has to say, and now I'm looking for a few recommendations from you all. I can't try any on in-person since my LBSs don't carry Salomon - just looking for some personal insight. I'll likely end up ordering 2 and sending one back.
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The best boot is the one that fits your foot and your needs. Everyone on here will recommend you boots, which doesn't mean shit they aren't looking at your foot and then going shit I think this and this will fit that shape. Just get off your ass and go try on some.
What BA said. Even more the case for Salomon - they make great boots, but different models fit completely different. Traditionally they have been known to fit narrow feet/ankles well, but some of their models these days run very wide. I would not buy without trying.
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What BA said. Even more the case for Salomon - they make great boots, but different models fit completely different. Traditionally they have been known to fit narrow feet/ankles well, but some of their models these days run very wide. I would not buy without trying.
Totally with you guys about trying boots on - But, for those of us who can't get to a LBS that sells the brand boot we want to try, can any of you guys recommend one or two models over the others for comfort and the type of riding I'm going to be doing? (Hard charging speed lines mixed with all-mtn freestyle and small-medium kickers) Like I said, I plan on buying 2 and sending one back. I want a boot I can play and have fun in, then just slam on the gas and get back to the lift quick.
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Totally with you guys about trying boots on - But, for those of us who can't get to a LBS that sells the brand boot we want to try, can any of you guys recommend one or two models over the others for comfort and the type of riding I'm going to be doing? (Hard charging speed lines mixed with all-mtn freestyle and small-medium kickers) Like I said, I plan on buying 2 and sending one back. I want a boot I can play and have fun in, then just slam on the gas and get back to the lift quick.
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But, for those of us who can't get to a LBS that sells the brand boot we want to try
I'd think a location like Stowe (or VT in general) would have enough brand options in their shops?

Good luck in your search; hope you find the boot you seek.
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I'd think a location like Stowe (or VT in general) would have enough brand options in their shops?

Good luck in your search; hope you find the boot you seek.
You'd think right? It's actually pretty Burton-heavy here due to the proximity to the factory store and the marketing deals the resort has with them. A lot of Burton and a lot of Rome. Not much other variety to be had in boots

thanks and I'll post when I finally do find them!
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Just ordered Nike Zoom DK, Salomon Synapse and Salomon F2.0s. Going to try them all and see which fits best. Return the other two. Thankfully everyone has great return policies My credit card hurts in the meantime though

So excited for the new season that I'm having dreams about the first run of the year... Not that I'm complaining!
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