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I go through 2 pairs a season, one pair at a time. I had over 160 days from October 2012 through August 2013. I went through 2 pairs and have 30 days on my 3rd pair now. I seem to be done with boots around 70 days. My DC kush only got like 50 days last season until the sole fell off.
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The average boot is built around an 80 to 100 day lifespan of average rider use. I typically ride my old boots for about 40 days at the start of the season, slip into some new ones that I have to break in, then destroy them by March which makes them nice and jib soft for spring/summer/fall shred. Then I repeat.


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Man I'm more like 150 or so days on average. I have never had a pair split or fall apart. I get a new pair when my feet start to feel unconformable as the liners pack out.
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I'm jealous. I live in Las Vegas and we only have a very tiny resort here. I prefer to drive to either Big Bear in California or Brian Head in Utah. Then there are those 3-4 day trips with friends to Mammoth and SLC area.

I'm lucky to get 20 days a season. So sad, I know. I've always dreamed of putting life on hold for a single season just to move to a ski town to work and play there. Just haven't had the balls to do it.
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Didn't you guys just get 50 million in upgrades?

I'll give you some advice on making the move. Anyone can sit around and talk about doing it and how it would be cool, but those that actually do it come out of it with the stories and life experiences. Only have one life might as well do it doing what you love.


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Wow, I still call my recent ones "new" after 40days. Hmmm... Honestly interested to find out why. Don't want to generate a problem where there is none (although riding many seasons, I'm noobish if it comes to gear, bought whatever was the stiffer women's boot/binding set around in the little local shop and just rode with it). Worked out well so far, but I'm sure, there's a lot of optimization potential. I've learned many things on this forum so far and maybe the boots are the next issue I'll have a closer look at next season...

Do you replace them so frequently cos they come apart? Or do they begin to hurt/you get pressure points? Or do you actually loose performance? I get from the posts that packing out seems to be an issue... Is that the case for every brand or are there huge differences in quality/"packing-out" tendency?

As I said, I always had Burton boots before (no clear preference, the shop at the mountain just had them in stock), and replaced them after around 120days; not cos they were uncomfortable but cos the new ones just offered new features I liked. Major wear n tear I recognized is softening of the soles (annoying imprints of the toes), which did't disturb anymore since I use different soles.
I carefully dry the boots after every day; they are 100% dry in the morning. Is that potentially making them last longer?

The "new" ones are K2 (new little shop with a different brand). And I honestly didn't feel much difference at the end of the season. I bind them very tight... does this maybe hinder that I feel disturbed by potential packing out? They are still stiff and comfortable, no pressure points or so. Maybe I'd feel a difference if I'd compare them to new ones though...

Please don't say it's cos I'm not riding hard enough... I really do my best to ride aggressively all day long. Is it a matter of weight? Or am I just bluntly oblivious and should think of getting my feet checked for first signs of smoker's leg

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Wow, I still call my recent ones "new" after 40days. Hmmm... Honestly interested to find out why. Don't want to generate a problem where there is none (although riding many seasons, I'm noobish if it comes to gear, bought whatever was the stiffer women's boot/binding set around in the little local shop and just rode with it). Worked out well so far, but I'm sure, there's a lot of optimization potential. I've learned many things on this forum so far and maybe the boots are the next issue I'll have a closer look at next season...

Do you replace them so frequently cos they come apart? Or do they begin to hurt/you get pressure points? Or do you actually loose performance? I get from the posts that packing out seems to be an issue... Is that the case for every brand or are there huge differences in quality/"packing-out" tendency?

As I said, I always had Burton boots before (no clear preference, the shop at the mountain just had them in stock), and replaced them after around 120days; not cos they were uncomfortable but cos the new ones just offered new features I liked. Major wear n tear I recognized is softening of the soles (annoying imprints of the toes), which did't disturb anymore since I use different soles.
I carefully dry the boots after every day; they are 100% dry in the morning. Is that potentially making them last longer?

The "new" ones are K2 (new little shop with a different brand). And I honestly didn't feel much difference at the end of the season. I bind them very tight... does this maybe hinder that I feel disturbed by potential packing out? They are still stiff and comfortable, no pressure points or so. Maybe I'd feel a difference if I'd compare them to new ones though...

Please don't say it's cos I'm not riding hard enough... I really do my best to ride aggressively all day long. Is it a matter of weight? Or am I just bluntly oblivious and should think of getting my feet checked for first signs of smoker's leg
No matter how a car looks on the outside, it's the engine that matters. Same with boots. They may look 'new' but for me the flex just isn't the same. Stiff boots become soft, soft boots become absolute noodles.

I also get wear on the toe area of the boot from straps, it's mostly superficial.

If you don't notice it after 60-70 days, might be your riding style. Less flexing in the ankle or something. Just a guess.
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Neni, you need to ride harder

Too be a little more serious. Your boots have to be much softer after 40 days. I know mine are. A new pair if the same boots is probably going to feel a whole lot different than the old pair. That is all. If they are working for past 100 days, more power to ya. I generally find at that mark I really start to have problems with the boot. Numb feet, foot pain, shit blowing apart. My current boots have intuition liners and you can remold them a twice. I am going to give that a try this season and see if it makes a difference. The shell still needs to hold up though
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I have those same 08 lashed boots. They hav lasted very well. Probly 120 to 140 days and they will probly last this season. I hope so, I love em. How u store ur boots id big for keeping its stiffness. Once they r dry u should tie and secure the boots in the manner they r worn. Helps keep their form and stifness. But if u want new boots deff stick with 32, or any compand that just makes boots
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Neni, you need to ride harder

Too be a little more serious. Your boots have to be much softer after 40 days. I know mine are. A new pair if the same boots is probably going to feel a whole lot different than the old pair. That is all. If they are working for past 100 days, more power to ya. I generally find at that mark I really start to have problems with the boot. Numb feet, foot pain, shit blowing apart. My current boots have intuition liners and you can remold them a twice. I am going to give that a try this season and see if it makes a difference. The shell still needs to hold up though
how does that work? Do they "unpack" when you heat them up again?

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