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|Area of Expertise:
||powder, backcountry, park, groomers
||5'10, 190 lbs
|Ride with Me
|11/24/2014 1:23:49 PM
||Some good brands to check out are Nike, Adidas, Burton ,32, Celcius, Rome, K2, Nitro, Ride, Salomon and Vans. Try on different brands and models that interest you. Not all brands and models fit the same, just like shoes. So, trying them on is the best way to go. Waterproofing and warmth are not things you really need to worry about. All quality boots are going to be super waterproof and insulated. BOA and Speedlacing are good concepts and a lot of ppl like the ability to get in an out of boots faster. I'd rather have a good secure fit than save a minute. I don't get a secure fit with BOA or speedlacing. I prefer reg laces. If a lace breaks you can fix or replace it easily. Not the case for the fancy lacing systems. The speedlacing can slip and you may be constantly messing with you boots (my friend had this happen with his burton rulers after about 10 days on his boots) BOA can get stuck/ jammed. They usually cost more than reg lace models. Some things to consider. Going with a previous season model is a good way to get into a nicer quality boot for less. I usually do this at the end of the season when boots are on sale and there is still a good selection. I got a pair of previous season Nike Zoom Force 1s for over $100 off. The ZF1s are my fav boot I have ever had. 25+ yrs riding and I've gone through a good number of boots. I highly recommend Nike boots. The Nike liners are the nicest I've seen or used. They don't 'pack out' like other brand's liners tend to do after 50 days of riding. The inner lacing system really holds your foot securely. They are like wearing skate shoes. Also, they have a very small overall footprint. So, yo don't feel like you have big, heavy clown shoes. I have a friend who has size 13s as well and got some Nike Vapens that he loves. He was happy to get out of his Burton Hails that he though were big and bulky in comparison. It really comes down to comfort and quality though. Like I said go try some boots on 1st. They are the #1 most important part of your setup. Go for the most comfortable boot you can afford.
|1/2/2012 6:33:39 PM
|| What a fun game to watch... at least the 2nd half and OT
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