09 Vans Andreas Wiig Review
Been on my new Vans for a few days now and I can say they're a great boot. Shopped around alot, tried at least 30 boots on (Other Vans models, Celsius, 32, DC, Rome, K2, Ride, Nitro, and Salomon) and ended up buying these based on the quality of the boot, the price, and I was already riding 07 Vans BFB's so I was somewhat familiar with their fit.
Liner is super comfortable. The liner tongue is wide and seemless and doesn't create any pressure points. The lock clamp mechanism on the liner lace is one of the best I have found and didn't come loose while riding. I swapped out the foot bed with some super feet, but the stock footbed was much better quality than my previous BFB's. The liner also has a power strap that gets the cuff tight to your calf, a feature I decided I wanted after finding several boots with it.
The stiffness is about a 7 on a 1-10 scale out of the box and I'm sure it will soften up over time. Good lateral flex, tested it with some boned out nose and tail grabs. Really solid front to back, it held up very nicely on steeps, with hardly any effort needed to hold the board on edge at high speeds.
In the end it came down to the Wiigs, Celsius Climate, K2 T1DB, Salomon F22, and the Vans Cirro. All boots were similar in quality and comfort. Initially I wanted a speed lace system but I was concerned that they'd be too stiff for park so I went with the Wiigs based on flex and fit. Now go out and buy some.
Last edited by Extremo; 02-14-2010 at 05:50 PM.