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Old 11-25-2010, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My second pair of boots, the first being Burton MOTO.
We are obviously on another planet.

I was looking for stiff boots, that would offer support either for carving, traverses or pow days, when anything that helps getting one more run out of your legs is welcome.
I tried many different models: K2 Maysis, Ride Insano, Salomon UL, DC Judge, then I tried the Driver X, despite the lacing system that looked tricky and a bit old fashoned. The fit felt perfect on my foot, and that was a big plus, the lacing system is actually great and fast, but the overall stiffness and comfort of the boot is what got me.

Once on the snow yesterday, I obviously overtightened the lower (foot) zone, I realized that when my lead foot whent numb after a few hours, took a break retightened the boots and I was good to go for the rest of the day. The boot feels solid, very little heel lift, trasnfers your motinons to the bindings very efficently and has a smaller profile, making enter and exit my K2 CTX easier. There is almost no need to tighten them at all, the structure of the boot locks with the binding really weel, give your feel a break a tighten the boots to a minimum, you will gain com,fort and hours on your board.

My feet felt completely wrapped by the boot, that has a bottleneck under your ankle and above your heel, to keep that down during turns, a harness keeps your foot planted on the very well designed base of the boot, effective in absorbing vibrations and landings, yet firm and stable.

I will be going on groomers with my wife soon...and that's when I will terst the 2 hard plastic "tongues" that you are supposed to slide under the lacing and above the boot tongue, to stiffen the boot near to "hard boot" or "ski boot" level...so to speak. After that you will have the internal foam boot, the harness, the boot foam double tongue and this rigid scoop to keep your ankle still, and planted against your binding. Carving on edges should be like tiptoeing.

I will let you know.

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Old 12-03-2010, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I ride the 2009 Driver X and it's the only boot I will use for a while because they provide great support, great hold, and excellent transfer of movements.

They have been getting softer like any boot does and I have been looking to get another pair. Good to know that the new model has even more features to improve support on a boot that probably doesn't need it. The reduced footprint is the most appeal to me since I wear a size 12 and get a good amount of heel and toe drag. If it really does reduce the length by an inch, then that would probably be enough for me to buy them, going to bring my snowboard in to compare probably.
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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3rd day in them. Powder, one foot all day. Used the flex tongue inserts...amazing support all around, carving becomes an ankle exercise (and you will feel that at the end of the day) delivering a more distributed effort on your legs, calves and ankles.

They help a lot traversing or keeping in control when you slash big chunks of powder and go down on your knees to absorb, they help your balance back up a lot.
Best combination for the mid and end of the day was with the flex tongue only on the back boot, helping you stay on your tail, while giving a break to the front foot.. Overall very confy, considering that they are stiff and new. The thinner profile definitely helps getting in myK2 CTX.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Driver X: Love them!!!

This will be my third season on them and they are awesome. Improved my riding immensely, I just think about turning and I am on edge with very little effort. For a stiff boot they are super comfy!
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This will be my third season on them and they are awesome. Improved my riding immensely, I just think about turning and I am on edge with very little effort. For a stiff boot they are super comfy!
Totally agree...I was able to ride much longer considering it was so early in the season. great support. Toe edge is a dream with those boots really.
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do these boots fit small or large? What size are you normally and what size are your boots? Thanks!
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do these boots fit small or large? What size are you normally and what size are your boots? Thanks!
same as my sneakers...9.5 Tey feel a tad tighter when you put the flex tongues in.
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I picked up a pair and like them alot.
Mine came with the plastic tongue inserts , but no j- bars.
Did yours come with the j-bars that stick to the velcro by the heel?
I don't need the extra support , right now , but may after a season or two of riding.
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I like them a lot too...
No....I don't think they have J bars...at least not on the Burton page...SO far the best solution for me is with the flex just in the back foot, for added support. They are starting to break in after 9 days of riding (from Nov 24)
Did you change the footbeds or left the original ones?

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I'm leaving in the stock footbeds for now , if i have issues, I can always swap them out.
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