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Very stable pads that provide a lot of protection, and they're fairly low-profile so you shouldn't have any issues fitting them under gloves. I bought these puppies after I received a bad wrist sprain from dodging a gaper going mach 3, now they're standard equipment for my riding adventures and I don't even notice them. My only gripe with them is the Velcro rips up my expensive thermals, but I'd rather have that as opposed to a life long wrist injury. Think of all the things you need your wrists for... Highly recommended.
These boots are sick, stiff, and ready for some all day long action. I am very impressed with the comfort with these boots, Burton really hit a home run here. The whole boot is super stiff, even the sole isn't movable by human force. I had to have the liners molded twice and use toe caps to get a little more room at the end of the boot. I suggest making sure whoever molds them cooks them one at a time, otherwise you'll end up with one which won't mold properly. Unless of course you can break the speed of sound putting them on. Speaking of that, after getting used to the speed lace system I may be able to do just that. Unlike the other review I didn't have to size down, but the do seem to fit the same as other Burton boots. They are quite narrow and my duck feet were screaming the first few days, even after the heat mold, but after packing the are fine.
I was looking for a high performance Freeride board with a slim waist, as I have a 7.5 foot. After a ton of research it came down to the Burton Supermodel, Nitro Pantera, and the Ride Concept UL. I defiantly made the right decision, this thing is absolutely sick.
When I first got it I was skeptical of a few things.
First, when I bent the board to check the stiffness it seem mid-stiff at best, which is not good. This was an illusion however, because the 7 carbon strips stiffen the nose and tail and leave the center alone. This board hold an edge like a champ, I've never felt like it was farting out, even at super high speed (30mph) with thrashing deep carves, this thing kept asking for more.
Second: The fabric top sheet. I thought this thing wouldn't last the first day. To my surprise it's held up well, even with the ratchets from my bindings scratching and hitting it. I do still get a little nervous when a gaper is behind in a line though.
The crazy thing about this board is that everything in the world likes to stick to the top sheet (wax, lint, your girlfriends hair) except snow.
All in all, this is a sick ride.
The Vans Mantra is an excellent value oriented boot. I found them to be more comfortable in the store than boots costing twice as much. I went into the store prepared to spend up to $300 and walked out with these; I think that says something. The liners take about 4 days to pack, they are true to shoe size, and have a good speed lace system for the liner. They also work very well with my Flow bindings.