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I got last years model of these boots. I was pretty stoked on them at first. The only problem initially was that the cheap material on the outside wore down quickly. After about a month the boot started to pack out. More so than any other boot I have ever had. Including Burton boots. I had written a review previously stating the boot had good support/ flex. Well I'm sure this boot works well for strict park/ jibbing, but they became soft and uncomfortable after the first month. So bummed. I like to ride all over the mountain and after awhile these just didn't cut it anymore. The flat soles on these thing feel amazing while walking, just like a normal skate shoe. But they didn't give me any cushioning while landing any type of jump or drop.I found that my back/ body started hurting after riding which was unusual. I tried really hard to like these boots, and gave them many chances, but I just kept going back to my Sabbaths(which Burton discontinued this year). So bummed! Soon as my Sabbaths are done I will switch boot companies for good. Seems to be the trend with my experience with Burton products.
How stiff are the highbacks on these? It says medium, but is there any comparison to another binding?
How does the sizing of this jacket compare to Burton/ 686 XL's. I'm 5'11 190lbs and wondering if the xl is to big.
I have worn Burton Sabbaths for the past four years and have really liked them. I am 6'0 and 190lbs, and like to ride park and all mountain so I was skeptical about getting these boots fearing they would not be supportive enough. So far they are great! No issues with support, so comfortable, and they have all the same internal features as the sabbaths. So far I can't really notice the flex difference. A few things to be aware of though. The insole of this boot is flat, where as most snowboard boots have a more forward lean to them. Not bad or uncomfortable, just different. Maybe thats why they don't feel like they have more flex? Also the leather/pleather/ suede, on the outside is pretty cheap. After a couple of wears it loses its color(black model) and kind of gets matted down. It's just cosmetic and does not take any functionality away from the boot itself. Overall these boots kick ass so far! Great boot for only $200.
This is a great jacket but be aware its just a shell. Thats not a problem but be aware. Pretty minimal for the cost but overall good jacket. Just got back from Whistler, BC, dumped the whole time I was there and never got wet. worked great with layering. Baggy/ roomy fit. Oh ya, no mesh lining in the armpit heat dumps. Word!
I bought the 06 161.5 model and it is hands down the best board I have ever ridden. It performs well all over the mountain from pow to park. I wear size 12's and its plenty wide, no drag. Can't say enough good things about it. I finally found my last board. Magnetraction is insane. Once you try it you will never go back!