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Super solid board for big lines. Took me a while to get used to the non-tapered shape. Doesn't turn as quick as other boards I've had but very stable at speed and on big moutain lines, I wouldn't rather ride anything else. My fave for spring and summer on the volcanos in the PNW.
Really shines on big open terrain at speed. Just eats through everything in its path, does not chatter.
So.... lots of pros, and a few cons.
-The sole. Period. Super burly and stable on a bootpack, way grippier than any other snowboarding boot I've seen or used. It's still not as good as a plastic AT or mountaineering boot, but for a soft boot this is probably as good as it gets.
-Tours really well.
-Great stiff riding feel. Especially with the stiff sole.
-Hard for me to dial in the fit. I have lower volume feet, and this boot is obviously designed for larger/wider feet. It's a big boot. Yes I've heat molded the liners.
-Foot pain. My feet get banged up on long (over 8 miles) tours. Shorter tours are fine. I plan to add some custom footbeds to try and help this issue.
-The clip things that hold the laces are easy to pop off and lose.
Overall, I feel it's a bit of a sacrifice, but worth it. They are big heavy boots, but I really like the added safety and support for the uptrack/bootpack.
These are the most bomber pants ever. I use them for backcountry splitboarding once or twice a week and they've never failed me. My last pair blew out at the crotch from so much hiking, and Burton replaced them no problem within a few days. They even overnight shipped them so I would have them for my upcoming weekend trip. When you need the best, pick these up.