If snowboarding isn't just a phase for you, get the soft-flex DC Phase Boots for comfort on the long haul.
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DC PHase boot
I wore these boots for my first two seasons and loved them. They get soft after a few rides but are very comfortable. They are great for beginners looking for something to besides a rental.
i got these for like 130 i think because they were cheap and comfortable. first of all, i get bad pressure points from them with my 08 burton custom bindings, and still a lille with my 09 missions. also, i have a narrow foot and get heel lift no matter how tight, the sole on the heel and toe is peeling back making holes, and they are not watter proof at all. last spring i got them completely filled with water. and last, they now have flex like sneakers. worst pair of my 4 pairs of boots ive owned.
Not what I expected
They're comfortable and warm, but when riding, I have a lot of problems with heel lift. My laces are as tight as can be but I cant seem to get it wrapped around my ankle well enough to hold my feet snug to the bottom. If you have thin feet like me, you might have the same problem.
I'm going on my 3rd season with a pair of these and they are floppier than ballet slippers! They're super comfortable when you're walking around the village or running 100 meter hurdles, but when you're on Jupiter Peak you'll wish you had a little more support. If you're just taking laps in the park they're great. After about 150 days of wear they haven't fallen apart so they can't be THAT cheap!!
I didn't get to test these boots out much but, when I did they felt great. I guess because I wore rentals before. I love these boots and the price -great buy if you're not too picky. They also fit the binding great.
Decent for the price... i guess
This is the cheapest boot DC makes, and as they were $80 at my local shop i picked some up. On the mountain, the first day they felt amazing. I thought i wanted soft boots. After a week or two these things turned into floppy skate shoes. I currently have no control over my snowboard. They're comfy though!
DC Phase Boots
The "special design feature" DC calls the J-Bar is horrible. It feels like two pieces of steel, supposed to be supporting the ankle, is grinding and pushing directly into my ankle. I wore these boots for a day and a half and was stoked to go back home. Unfortunate online buy, I am going to try to call DC to see about returning these boots.