Make comfort a priority with the Burton Emerald Snowboard Boots.
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I tried these on in a 6.5 at my local board shop, fit great. Once I ordered them, they felt way too small. Not as in the length, but as it I felt the top of my feet were being suffocated. In the liner, I found, there was a chunk of intentional, but removable padding. Before you send your books back, try our the boot after taking out the padding, it helped me out a ton. Also, these boots are really stiff, so make sure you know what you're getting into. These are more specifically park boots, meaning there it less lateral flex (that's what the board shop lady said). Another thing, PLEASE try these on before you buy them, they have a sort of ankle-grip type of thing that really can tick some people off. Others find this "hugging on the ankle" fantastic.
i really like these boots they are stiff and look really cool, my only problem with them is that when i am riding and i take a corner to sharp my heel lifts up and puts more strain on my ankle. but besides that its easy to spend days in them as they are comfy and warm and best of all they done crush your toes like ive had in previous boots, but you have to stretch them out first
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I read someone elses review and I also had to send the boots back and get a half size larger. I love the boots the way they fit plus they look really swet with the burton bindings that I have. The only concern that I really have is how durable are the laces since I do have to yank on them to tighten the boot.
I tried on another style of Burtons in a store, and they fit true to size, so I thought the Emeralds would fit the same way. But when I ordered these in my regular size, I had to send them back and get a half size bigger. Aside from size issue, these boots have been great. I've only had the opportunity to use them a few times, but they're really comfortable. The speed lacing gets me on the hill a lot faster and without killing my fingers. The Emeralds are a solid all-mtn boot. Stiff for support and response but not too stiff. They work great with the Lexa Bindings I bought.
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This is a pretty stiff boot, which is relatively comfy for how stiff it is, and gives you lots of carving control.
My only teeny complaint is that although the thin laces are supposed to be kevlar and not be as delicate as they look, they worry me a little since you have to yank on them to tighten.
Gotta love the Girlfriend Boots!
My boyfriend and I call these the "girlfriend boots" cuz I am able to lace these up so much faster than the traditional lacing system. I could never get my old boots tight enough, so I spent ages trying to tie them. They keep my feet pretty warm too (I still like to use toe warmers on really cold days, so the Hot Pockets are awesome!). They fit great with my escapade bindings too!
Once you get the lacing system figured out, these boots really are quick to get on. I've been out in mine four or five times, and I've finally got them dialed in. Sometimes it feels like I can't get them cinched tight enough, but on the slopes, I've never noticed any problems.