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