Xavier rocks it, enough said.
Light a freeride fire under your feet with the Deeluxe Men's Spark XV Snowboard Boot. Its resemblance to a mountaineering boot is no coincidence—this is Xavier de la Rue's pro model that he uses not only to ride down the scariest lines imaginable, but also to help him with the just-as-gnarly task of hiking up to the top of those lines.
Section Control lacing allows you to independently adjust the tightness of the boot in the forefoot, heel, and calf so you can dial in the right fit for your riding style. You can also customize the flex of the boot with removable TPS Shield tongue inserts, which allow you to run the hard insert for the stiffest flex, the medium one for a slightly more forgiving feel, or go without for the softest flex. The DuPont Surlyn backstay stiffens the boot for reliable support and response that will last over time. A D-Tex waterproof membrane prevents moisture from seeping into your boots throughout the day, even when you're postholing your way up the mountain.
The Thermo Flex liner is heat-moldable to allow you to get the perfect fit for your foot; its E-Lacing system help you crank down the tightness, and the integrated ankle harness prevents heel lift. An EVA midsole absorbs shock from harsh landings and reduces vibrations for a smoother ride. The rugged crampon-compatible Vibram outsole has aggressive lugs to provide traction on icy surfaces, and it's extremely durable to resist damage from hiking across jagged ridges and rocky approaches.
- Section Control lacing
- DuPont Surlyn backstay
- TPS Shield adjustable flex
- D-Tex waterproof membrane
- Thermo Flex liner
- EVA midsole
- Vibram outsole
- Power strap
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Update: Soles starting to fall off
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
i've put in 40+ days on these boots now. I love having a real sole on my boots! I can walk confidently where i'd have to pull a pole out of my pack before.BUUUUT... I wound up scrapping the liners that came with them because they kept pushing down on the tops of my toes (which is caused by the seam for the tongue/bootie interface is much further forward than on other liners). I've also somehow put a hole in the "heavy duty rubber" just above the sole (seriously a joke for "mountaineering boots") ... Now the soles are falling off (which has been a problem with the other deeluxe spark boot also)... the lacing system chews itself up (and deeluxe didn't put their top of the line lacing system in, so you'll get killer heel lift) . I'm sending mine back for warranty after less than half a season. Save your money... Give deeluxe a couple of seasons to beef these up before taking the plunge.I'd be scared to take these on a multi day/week trip into the backcountry, and certainly won't be recommending them to anyone i know.
Oven Moldable at Home?
I got these from...
Oven Moldable at Home?
I got these from a friend who did not save the materials in the box instructing how to thermo mold them, he never molded them and there is no info on Deeluxe website. The online video says to go to a shop with an oven, but does anyone know how to do this at home?
Check my updated review
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Check the updated review
I got my deeluxe spark xv's about a month ago. I'm a full time snowboard instructor, but haven't been able to get out in these on my splitboard due to our sketchy snowpack. These are the stiffest boots i've ever put on my feet! i'm 6'0 150lbs, and i'm still breaking them in after 20ish days riding them (hopefully a sign of a long long lasting boot). The soles get great traction for hiking the ridge, and they have incredible ankle stability for snowshoeing etc. The lacing system on these boots isn't what i expected from a 400 dollar boot. The laces are "zonal" but are attatched together. This makes it about impossible to get two different tightnesses on the foot. I've been getting a good deal of heal lift because of this. Also, the head moldable liners lack a velcro strap at the top to keep the inner boot together. I find that this gives me a whole lot of play before i'm able to make an input with the boot. I've switched my liners out for my old dc's and am now much happier with the fit.
Hi all. Does this boot have insole/foot...
Hi all. Does this boot have insole/foot bed factory out setting? I heard it doesnt have insole installed and you have to prepare of your own.
Please answer me when you have time.
The topic has been brought up by Reid, but...
The topic has been brought up by Reid, but I'm wondering what crampons will work for these boots. I was under the impression that these could take a pro/auto crampon, but I'm hearing mixed reviews on that compatibility. I'm particularly curious if they'll take my BD Cyborgs (hands down, my favorite crampon). If they won't take Reid's Sabretooths, I suspect they won't fit a similar BD model in the Cyborgs. Does anyone have any further insights?
Unfortunately snowboard boots do not take pro crampons that require a toe and heel welt. Snowboard boots only have a heel welt and can therefore only fit a pair of clip/new-matic or strap crampons. The Deeluxe Spark XV boots have a rugged Vibram outsole designed to be rigid and able to accomodate a clip or strap crampon better than other snowboard boots. In my experience, Grivel crampons fit best for the width of snowboard boots, check out the Grivel G14 new-matic style for a similar crampon to the Cyborg and likely a better fit: http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-g14-crampomatic-crampon?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Z3JpdmVsIGcxNDoxOjE6Z3JpdmVsIGcxNA
Wish somebody at BC would just try a few different crampons with these boots and give a specific answer. I've gone as far as reaching out to Petzl, BD, Deeluxe and Xavier de la Rue. No reply or not enough information. I live pretty far from any shops to bring them in to try out directly. I'll keep splitboarding in my spantiks or AT boots I guess...
I'm looking into crampon compatibility for you. From the research I've been able to do the Grivel G12's (item # GRV0050) have been reported fitting these boots. I'm planning on getting these boots for my split set up and I'll test out as many crampons as I can get my hands on. I'll keep you posted on what I find out.
I can confirm the g12 fits great.
Camp Muir after the park reopened
... Well they're waterproof!
From post holes to pot holes.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Originally I got the boot for doing mixed\ice climbing with long approaches or snowy descents. But my crampons don't fit, Petzl has a heel bail system that will work. I've been using it for a lot of touring this fall already, with its full shank it hikes really well over gravel and rocks carrying my split. Same with walking back down. Its very stiff and supportive and thus rides aggressive. For normal touring I like boots with double boa systems cause you can loosen the ankle while keeping the foot tight, so I'm still adjusting to touring in these stiff beast! All in all I really like the boots! they're rad for boot packs which I do a ton of here at Crystal. Burly and very warm!
The only cons I have are well the crampon thing, the overall size of the boot, they're huge! I've had to readjust my bindings to fit them, they're just big and bulky. And lastly is the lacing system, which is personal preference only, I prefer boas or traditional laces to the "speed cinch". They hold well but its just annoying to loosen and the pulls make the top of the boot even wider.
Online they use the Mondo sizing, in which case I'm using a half size larger than my ski boots at 28. but its half size smaller in both Euro and Us sizing. I wear a 10.5 DC\32\Burton boot and the Deeluxes in 10. Euro I wear 43.5 sportiva\fiveten\mammut and these in a 43. They fit perfect, I wished I'd gotten them molded before I started using them. they're broke in now after a solid 20 days. but first day the Nat'l parks opened I went up Rainier and had huge blisters on both inside ankles. Zero problems now!
I'm curious as to what crampon is best...
I'm curious as to what crampon is best fitted to these boots?
my BD sabre tooth pro's won't click on to them. The heel welt is too low and the rubber of the heel too wide.
What do you recommend
I answered this question earlier for you on the Petzl Sarken page, but now seeing the fit issue for you I can help provide more detail. Most snowboard boots do not have a toe welt and therefore cannot be used with step in crampons. Check out crampons with full strap on capabilities, these should fit more readily onto your boots. I recommend Grivel crampons for larger snowboard boots, since they tend to fit a bit wider than other crampons. The G12 is a comparable crampon to the BD Sabretooth, check out the "new-classic" attachment method: http://www.backcountry.com/grivel-g12-new-classic-crampon?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6RzEyOjE6MTpHMTI
I've used the strap crampons with snowboard boots (DC's) and they don't have the performance I'm looking for. A lot of the mixed\ice climbing I do requires long ski in\out approaches. I'm hoping to use a boot that will excel at both the splitboarding and the climbing. Rather than using or carrying my la sportivas.
Thanks for you input!
If the climb is the objective and the approach isn't wicked steep I would recommend splitboarding in your climbing boots and therefore being able to use them for the climb as well. It all depends on what the true goal of the climb is, you'll sacrifice efficiency and performance by using your mountaineering boots for splitboarding or your snowboard boots for climbing. In my experience, splitboarding in climbing boots is significantly better than skiing in climbing boots. World-famous alpinist, Jack Roberts was a proponent of carrying your climbing boots in your pack for the approach and sacrifice a bit of extra weight for efficiency of safe skiing (or boarding) and comfortable and secure climbing.
I haven't seen snowboard boots hold a technical pair of crampons well though, in my experience. So if you need step in compatibility, either ski boots or climbing boots are likely your best option.
Its true, I've carried the boots enough. I don't like climbing in my ski boots nearly as much as my snowboard boots. These are supposed to take a clip crampon, just not the ones I have.
The manufacturer just got back to me the Petzl Spirlock fits.. I'll be the judge of that I guess
Just curious as to how much these weigh....
Just curious as to how much these weigh. Used to fly-weight thirtytwo's and such but thinking of going to these for the splitboardability and the waterproofness for snowmobiling and other activities.
They run a bit short
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Great boot with a substantial heel support inside the insole that might feel uncomfortable to some. They do run at least a half size short. I am giving it a 4 because I am one of the people who really mind the intense heel support in the boot. Other than that, its all fives.