Northwave packs more than a decade of boot-making experience into the Decade SL2 Snowboard Boot.
Northwave puts their patented lacing system to use in the proven Decade SL2 Snowboard Boot. Two pulls of the SL2 Lace System give you vice-like tightening. For this season, Northwave souped up the SL laces even more—the Decade SL2 now has dual laces so you can adjust the fit over your arch and around your ankle separately, which results in the elimination of gaps and hotspots for a fit that forms to your foot. Its three-ply upper tag teams with support and insulation so the Decade SL2 will drive into turns and react instantly without robbing the warmth from your toes. Equipped with the TF3 liner, this boot is heat moldable, and feels better every time you put it on. Northwave's natural rubber outsole provides advanced board feel and excellent grip.
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These boots are super comfortable, and ridiculously easy to put on. The lacing system is the bomb, you can have these boots on and ready to ride in about 20secs!
They are great fit for large broad feet too, so don't be deterred.
good practical boot
Dont listen to this guy -- the laces are tight and so is the boot.
The lacing system is very fast, I can boot up in about two minutes taking my time, and adjustments on the lift, on the slope are a cinch, without removing my gloves (which are currently 1size too large.. ). I havent had any mess beyond one criss cross to sort out, and I've ridden on these boots about 12 times so far. The cams are very helpful in achieving a tight snug fit as they do not allow the laces to retreat once you hve pulled them up. The side-by-side positiong is a minor design flaw, if at all.
The leather handles (which are meant to be attached on the outside, as pictured) actually stuff rather conveniently between the shell and the inner boot, one on each side of your leg, which give you a somewhat more snug fit as well, so keep that in mind when lacing up.
Of course, if you absolutely abhor the leather pulls, simply _remove them_ -- they are just hook and loop around a regular lace.
I was riding a softboot regularly before and the responsiveness of the hard boot is definitely welcome, and these are pretty stiff.
It may be a bit of a departure from your typical lace-up boot, but aren't you sick of blisters anyways? Besides it can't hurt to learn yourself a new trick. If you're looking for a hard boot and can handle learning a new method of lacing them up, pick these up without question.