The Judge is jury, executioner, and bringer of comfort back to snowboarding.
- Boa Focus dual-zone cable system gives you the ability to separately tighten/loosen the upper and lower zones for the most 'dialed-in' fit
- Bravo liner features the Outlast heat-regulating lining underfoot, ankle-holding J-bars, anatomical support beams, and a power strap for superior performance and comfort
- Internal ankle harness wraps the liner to locks your foot and ankle to the boot for the most precise response
- Articulated cuff allows unrestricted flex without the boot 'bulging' at the hinge creating excess space around your ankle
- Welded backstay of shell saves your leg when you land in the backseat and won't wash-out when you hit the gas and go fast
- Unilite outsole is a soft rubber, low-profile design for maximum cushion for killing it all over the mountain
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Can the cables be replaced if they wear...
Can the cables be replaced if they wear out? Has anyone had to do this? I usually wear a 10.5 shoe. Is that the size boot I should get? Other reviewers are saying 1/2 size smaller.
All of the boa system compents are replacable and new boots usually come with an extra cable. I wear a dc 12 skate shoe and my boots are an 11. dogfunk as a great exchange policy so if they don't fit get a different size.
I bought the Judge in 2010 and have finally had 4 days in them at Perisher (Aus). They are the 1st pair of boots i have owned.
These are very light, and very comfy. I wouldn't say they are very warm as i have only ridden them in fairly good weather but thats not the purpose of the boot anyway. They do seem to Get a bit wet in powder. Seem to flex enough in the park but stiff enough on the mountain the flex rating of 7 seems accurate.
They were comfortable straight off the bat and the boa system rocks. Im not so keen on the inner though and they can be a bit hard to get on and off.
Saying all this I would certainly recommend them to anyone, they look sick too.
These boots are garbage
I took them out of the box, and the first time I put them on one of the pull tabs ripped off ... three days later one of the ratchets on the boot ripped out.
This product could only be sold online to customers who don't get a chance to inspect before buying.
The first thing I noticed about the DC Judge snowboard boots were how light they were. The duel Boa system dialed in a comfortable yet firm fit. The connection to my board felt new and fully responsive. The insulation is a bit thin but was easily fixed with boot warmer packs under my toes. The boots are new so I cannot comment on the wear. In sum, they are light and the feel is better than any boot I've ever worn in the past 15 yrs I've been riding. I am very pleased.
Awesome for wider feet, not the warmest
I tried on a myriad of boots from all brands before choosing the Judges. They insole is quite comfortable while being supportive and the boa system works like a charm.
After a full season shredding, they have started to pack out a little bit, and the heel lift is becoming more apparent. Also, I have never had problems with getting cold feet/toes until I started using these boots.
All in all, a well made and comfortable boot with some shortcomings.
I got the 2010 Judges at the end of last season and have a full season in them now. They took quite a while to break in all the way, but now they're awesome! Only complaint is that it seems like the boa cables are wearing out already, but I'll just have to see how long they'll last.
It's a good softer boot, very comfortable.
I was a big fan of the boa system until I bought these boots. The lower boas locked up on me 3 times this season. Nothing worse than after a great powder session than having to painfully pry your foot out of your boot followed by the subsequent trip to the ski shop to get your boot restrung.
So far I love these boots. They're low profile, light, and stiff. The dual BOA is great. They're comfortable. I wear 11 in many shoes and the fit is usually pretty snug. The same is true for the 11 Judge. Just tight enough.
How much do they loosen up? Like stiffness...
How much do they loosen up? Like stiffness wise, I tried them on at a store and they were really stiff.
It won't be drastic by any means, probably down to about a 6/10.
Love the dual boa, hate the low budget liner.
The tops of my feet are high
Every boot I've ever had has been too tight on the top of my feet while fitting properly everywhere else. Having the two separate tighten zones was a lifesaver. Love this boot.
I really liked these boots. Unfortunately because of a motorcycle accident I broke my left foot and that caused my ankle to over-pronate, every time I would walk it would cause a really bad pressure point on my ankle. I realized it wasn't the boots, because the right foot was perfect.I'm a 10.5 and I bought them in a 10.5 the fit was true. Stiff, but still good flex. I ended up returning them and getting the Burton Ambush, which resolved my ankle issue.
Comfy All Day
i got the 2010 model (only difference is colors) and they are by far the best boot these feet have ever stepped into. I am an 11.5 in skate shoes, so i ordered that size. my big toe barely touched the edge so i had to wear em around the house for a few days. Once i hit the snow, these babies were primed. now my toes dont touch the end of the boot whatsoever. i used these in a mixture of freeriding and mountain riding, didnt matter, it was comfy regardless. hitting jumps didnt hurt my feet like it use to. and with the double boa system i could really secure my feet in the boot. it also features padding for your achilles, which truly makes a huge difference in comfort. After the second day of boarding my feet felt fresh as a daisy, while my riding buddies couldnt say the same.
downside - the stitching near the toe is susceptible to the edge of your board, so be careful where you rest your board on the lift. while it tore up the "leather" near the toe. its very durable and doesnt seem to be problematic structurally.Overall, these boots are worth double. the level of comfort is insurmountable. A+. def
will buy this model next time i need new boots.
My first boa boots, and DC I might add. So outta the box the boot is easy to put on, the boa system works like a champ, really easy to get a good fit.
I did have to readjust all my bindings to fit the boot, its got a LOW profile and quite narrow! My Burton Customs do not fit them at all! ok but!! they ride awesome! the stiff sole works amazing for hiking, just pop the boa and you got some good flex on the ascent.
ONE DESIGN FLAW, so taking the boot off is rough! pulling some slack in the lower (toe) boa is impossible with gloves on, wet hands or in a hurry. if a simple "tab" were added this boot would be flawless.
Man, I hated tugging on frozen laces, trying to snug up boots that, let's face it, are just going to loosen themselves up. Entropy.
So I figured I can keep on doing that like a caveman striking two flints together, or I could get myself a Zippo. A grunting yank with icy fingers, or a twist of a sexy knurled knob that winches up superfine aerospace-grade steel cables to harness my dogs? Hmmm. I have boney ankles, too, always had heel lift with every boot I've owned, but the Judge's air bladder fills everything out perfectly. Instant custom fit. Angels started singing, son.
Other stuff: well-insulated, all-day comfortable, space for hand warmers in the insole. I ride all mountain and the Judge is stiff enough, can't speak to the boot's park-worthiness. Styling? Function is form, bizzitches, but they make 'em in 'colorways' and all that steez for girls, and boys who want to look like one.
No, seriously, bring whatever style you want. Love you kids.
DC Judge: really well-designed, super cozy, wouldn't ride anything else. Along with Gnu Mutant Fastec bindings I feel like this is the best you can do re: interface between flesh and plank. State of the art.
Would you go for a DC Judge or the Nitro...
Would you go for a DC Judge or the Nitro Anthem when riding park and rails?
The DC Judge is a little bit stiffer boot than the Nitro Anthem. the DC offers quick boot adjustment with the boa system. the nitro quick lace is not as easliy adjustable but still solid.
Good boot, not right for me
I think for the right feet these are great boots. For me, they just did not fit right. My Salomon F20 & F22 boots are size 6.5. I got the Judge in 7 and too tight (my toes were bunched up). 7.5, again too tight. Size 8, and way too big. I tried changing the insole and not better. I just think for my feet, they didn't work out. Quality seems very good and I love the boa system.
I'm adding this to my review...
I really liked the boa concept, etc. so I got the K2 Thraxis. As I suspected, they fit fine, so that confirms that the DC boots were just not right for my feet. It has nothing to do with the boa system.
what size should i get?
i wear 9.5.
what size should i get?
i wear 9.5.
i wear a 12 in DC skate shoes, but i wear an 11 DC snowboard boot.
You must wear a very large shoe. I roll with 11's and downsized to a 10.5 and I'm gunna test um out. if they pack out 1/2 a size then they should fit super nice since they are already snug.
im 11.5 in all Etnies,Emerica,Es products. ordered 11.5. stretched to perfection.
I normally wear size 10 but I got a 9.5 in the judges. They took a long time to break in and were uncomfortable for the first half dozen days, but now they're perfect!
don't JUDGE the book by it's cover
BOA lace system makes sense! But if you're getting a pair, it makes more sense to get a double BOA and this is the boot to go for. It's got a good cushion which makes it comfortable and with the adjustment freedom that you have with these pairs, you can use it for All Mountain or Park. If you want more control, you can tighten up the upper zone or loosen it up to make it less stiff. I LOVE THESE BOOT!!! The one and only dissapointment I have is the design. Like the 2009 model, The Black and White/Armor version is just too plain looking. Although the Black/Lapis version has a little bit of color, it's still not at par. At least not to me personally. It just looks cheap. But hey, the performance isn't based on the design. These boots are one of the best pairs ever made. I love the 2008 design and I wish DC kept it that way if they couldn't make it any better. I received a lot of compliments on them when I had it. Oh, I was rockin' it! So if you don't care about the look (since the boot will be covered up with your pants anyway), and you want a good performing and comfortable boot, get these!!! By the way, BOA claims that the laces are stronger than a tank armor and to back up that claim, they guarantee the reel and laces for the lifetime of the product. All you have to do is go to their website and proceed with the process.
These boots fit like a glove and the BOA system is easy to use. I recommend these boots to all.