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Old 09-20-2013, 05:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2013 vs 2014 Burton Ion boots

Anyone know the differences between last seasons 2013 and this seasons 2014 Burton Ions? Is there any differences in fit and sizing in particular? I have a local shop out here in germany that happened to have some 2013 Ions and was able to try them on and find a good sizing but dont know if anything changed between last years and this years. I can get 2014 Burton Ions for killer price online so and wanting to make sure ill be getting the right size in particular.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When I was at Snowboard Connection a couple weeks ago getting a pair of boots I was told that the 2014 Ion's are stiffer than the 2013 boots. I was told that the added material to the shell to stiffen them up. When I flexed the two years in hand the 2014's did seem stiffer to me.

I ended up getting dual Boa Ride Insano's over the Ion and Driver X even though I went there to replace to my worn out 2012 Ion's. The Insano's fit me great and I wanted to go stiffer. I was constantly trying to tighten my Ion's as well and hope the Boa system helps with that.

Try to flex both years Ion's in hand to compare and confirm. Hope this helps.
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When I was at Snowboard Connection a couple weeks ago getting a pair of boots I was told that the 2014 Ion's are stiffer than the 2013 boots. I was told that the added material to the shell to stiffen them up. When I flexed the two years in hand the 2014's did seem stiffer to me.

I ended up getting dual Boa Ride Insano's over the Ion and Driver X even though I went there to replace to my worn out 2012 Ion's. The Insano's fit me great and I wanted to go stiffer. I was constantly trying to tighten my Ion's as well and hope the Boa system helps with that.

Try to flex both years Ion's in hand to compare and confirm. Hope this helps.
Im not so much worried about the flex, more about the sizing. The shop here only has the 2013 Ions and wont be getting any 2014 due to the fact they didn't sell much of the Ions last season and is why they still have stock of them from last year. Would you say the 2014 fit the same as far as sizing as the 2013? I will be ordering up the 2014 Ions online and if they fit like the 2013 sizing then I know what I need to order.
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I didn't try on both years in the same size, they were 1/2 size different but they looked to use the same inner boot design. I would say they fit the same.
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Can't comment on 2014 but 2013 and 2012 sizing didn't change for me.
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What is the 'killer' deal that you are getting on the 2014 Ions?
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386$ with free shipping and no tax. Probably not so much killer but its money saved and decent compared to current asking prices ive seen thusfar.
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386$ with free shipping and no tax. Probably not so much killer but its money saved and decent compared to current asking prices ive seen thusfar.
Meh, not really an amazing deal. Plus you would be better off with something in the Ruler/Ambush/Imperial range for your riding.
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Meh, not really an amazing deal. Plus you would be better off with something in the Ruler/Ambush/Imperial range for your riding.
The footprint shrink tech is a big winner for me on these boots. I'll be running size 13 boots and anything that helps cut down toe drag is helpful
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The footprint shrink tech is a big winner for me on these boots. I'll be running size 13 boots and anything that helps cut down toe drag is helpful
Pretty much all the Burton's have the shrinkage tech. And I know that you have had issues with boots being too tight before, but you are still pretty new to this and you will be surprised how tight boots should fit and how much they pack out - so there is a good chance that you do not need a size 13 at all based on your other posts.

I see that you have bought a lot of high-end gear (T. Rice/Factory, Proto/Contact Pro) and want to get quality stuff, but it cannot be emphasized enough that proper fit is so much more important than brand, tech, price point, stiffness, etc..
Plus, early on in your riding career a stiffer boot can be really detrimental to progressing - it gets in the way of learning proper ankle flexion to tilt the board.

I say find a shop, any decent shop (and there are lots in Germany) and try boots on in person. If it is a good shop with somebody who knows their shit, buy whatever they tell you, regardless of brand, tech, price point, stiffness, etc.
If they do not have clued in people in the shop, buy what fits best regardless of brand, tech, price point, etc. (see the pattern here?).
If necessary, try the boots blindfolded so not to be distracted by the all the fancy tech.
Trust me, it is the smart thing to do.
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