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Gear Review

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F22: Almost Awesome

Salomon did a great job with the F22. I've been riding F22s for the last three years and have gone through two pairs. If the shape of the boot fits your foot, these are the most comfortable boots you are likely to put on. Low profile helps reduce toe drag, the boot is fairly warm, and the lacing system is quick. The F22 takes a few riding days to break in (it is initially quite stiff and may be hard on your calves), and this results in a delicious mid-flex boot that you can use in steeps, off cliffs, on rails... anything! Tightening the laces makes the boot quite stiff, but also cuts off my circulation.

There is just one thing I don't like about the F22s: durability. My latest pair started to fold and buckle around the ankle after about 30 days of riding. Pretty pathetic. My Salomon Malamutes have the bulk of two seasons on them and are still going strong. It might have something to do with the Fusion liner. Anyway, this always seems to happen just as the warranty runs out (1 year).