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04-14-2014 10:58 PM
snowphun I broke down and bought a set, wanted to be able to exchange for a larger size if needed and the longer I wait the less stock there is. Plus no tax and 5% cashback via Discover helped.

Originally Posted by Conrad Hart View Post
Heel grip is definitely wider which is a bummer. I called Burton and they sent me some free J-Bars which has helped a lot.
I've never used J-bars, are they an effective long term solution?
04-14-2014 01:47 PM
Conrad Hart I just went from the 2012 Ions (which I rode to death) to 2014s for the back half of the season.

Quick notes:
I like the new hard toe. My old boots would crush under some of my bindings (like my IPOs).

I found them to be much stiffer than my last pair - not necessarily bad, but it is a huge difference (keep in mind that my old boots were likely quite broken down)

Heel grip is definitely wider which is a bummer. I called Burton and they sent me some free J-Bars which has helped a lot.

Overall they are very comfortable and easy to walk in.
04-14-2014 01:08 PM
Zolemite I know my Rulers turned to mush. I couldn't see these Ions doing the same, but I'll update this thread if they do next year
04-14-2014 01:08 PM
Originally Posted by pax View Post
Sorry to go against the majority opinion of this thread, but my SLX's from last year are ridiculously comfortable and fit amazing. They look brand new and I've had 50+ days. Maybe the mushy problem is just an ion thing.
I had those too, they were mushy out of the box

Not near worth the $650 they were going for in Canada.

04-14-2014 12:39 PM
Originally Posted by Triple8Sol View Post
Interesting to read about the issues some of you guys have had with the Ions in recent years. I had problems with mine as well, a couple seasons ago. They were awesome boots until they started broke down after 30 days or so. Luckily it was an REI purchase so that was an easy remedy. Believe it or not, the Flow Hylite and Talon are every bit as tech as the Ion in terms of lightweight, comfort, cushioning, similar fit, but BOA instead of speedlace and with a grippy Vibram sole. Most importantly they're holding up really well after about the same amount of use thus far this season.
I agree with everything in here. My Ions from few years ago are softer than mush. 2 of the speed laces ripped out.

I've been a big Burton boot guy my whole life. Bought Airwalk Freerides in 92 maybe? Then I bought a pair of Burton Vikings in 1995, rocked those fuckers for ten years or more.

Since then I've had every Burton boot I think? The stiff ones anyway.

They've all fallen apart & turned to mush really fast.
I tried on this years Ions at the ski swap & they were mush to begin with

I'm no longer a Burton boot guy.

I found a pair of Flow Hylites on Craigslist for $100 brand new in the box.
Started to do a little research.

Pretty much that's what everyone's saying about the Flow booties.
Stiff, really stiff kept coming up.

One thing that sticks out in my head. I know Argo is ridin' em.
He's like 14 feet tall & weighs more than a tonne
Plus, he gets a fuck of a lot days on em.

Need I say more?

Mine l look not too bad & I beat the shit out of boots. There's some fraying on the rear boot but I've been on brand new boards all year with razors for edges.

More importantly, actually the only thing important too me, is that they stay stiff. Stiff boots are fuckin' expensive, doesn't matter the brand. stiff boots are expensive

I can't afford new $400+ boots after 10 or 20 rides, I plan on going 60, hopefully 80 plus times a year. How the fuck are you supposed to do that?

These Hylites are as stiff as the day a bought em.
Got about 30 on them so far.
I drove 100km hoping they were gonna fit
Luckily they fit like a glove.

04-13-2014 10:04 PM
Tuan209 Really wanted to like the Ions after trying them on but the heel hold wasnt too good for me. I have narrow heels and no matter how I tighten the boots, my heels would not stay put.

I thought they were pretty boots other wise.
04-13-2014 09:49 PM
Zolemite Not sure if you'll find them too much less than $299. There are still new 13 models selling for $239.
04-13-2014 08:16 PM
Originally Posted by Jason View Post
Thanks, that seems to be the going rate at many online shops. I think I'll hold out a few weeks and see how/if the prices drop, I'm done for the season so there's no rush.
04-13-2014 02:02 PM
Zolemite I wish I got 50% off haha
04-13-2014 11:54 AM
Jason Burton Ion Snowboard Boot - Men's - Free Shipping -

They have them in your size for 30% off.
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