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This is a review for the 2012 model which is basically the same as these new 2014's (minus the free socks lol).

These boots set themselves apart from the rest out there with its lacing system. The locking mechanism is tight! Literally! It won't loosen up, well way less than other brands. If you research reviews many will tell you that the first time you lace up it will loosen a bit kinda like it's warming up. The next time you lace up it will stay secure all day. It's weird but that's how it is for me and other people. Most boots secure their laces through some kind of teeth or exposed snap-in system. Northwave's Superlace goes through a cage and gets clamped down tight like a maximum security prison for snowboarders who've ridden so gnarly that what they do is considered a crime!

The fit and comfort was excellent straight out of the box. It hugs your feet without pressure points like they are inside one solid construction. No discomfort riding them all day. They seem to be light as expected for a freestyle boot. They're responsive enough for some light to moderate powder riding.

Regarding size and some will verify this get these boots the same size as your street shoes. Mine were half a size larger and it still felt a little big even putting strain on the lacing system and tongue for me to get them snug fit. I now have a size 8 Northwave Decade SL and they fit perfect with just enough wiggle room for my toes and lacing is just right.

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These boots set themselves apart from the rest out there with its lacing system. The locking mechanism is tight! Literally! It won't loosen up, well way less than other brands. If you research reviews many will tell you that the first time you lace up it will loosen a bit kinda like it's warming up. The next time you lace up it will stay secure all day. It's weird but that's how it is for me and other people. Most boots secure their laces through some kind of teeth or exposed snap-in system. Northwave's Superlace goes through a cage and gets clamped down tight like a maximum security prison for snowboarders who've ridden so gnarly that what they do is considered a crime!

The fit and comfort was excellent straight out of the box. It hugs your feet without pressure points like they are inside one solid construction. No discomfort riding them all day. They seem to be light as expected for a freestyle boot. They're responsive enough for some light to moderate powder riding.

Regarding size and some will verify this get these boots the same size as your street shoes. Mine were half a size larger and it still felt a little big even putting strain on the lacing system and tongue for me to get them snug fit. I now have a size 8 Northwave Decade SL and they fit perfect with just enough wiggle room for my toes and lacing is just right.

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I agree with PowderKing, choose the same size you wear for street shoes/sneakers. I wear street size 8 and an 8.5 Northwave Freedom SL felt a little too big. A snug fit also meant the tightness is at the limit almost deforming the part where the laces puts pressure on. I replaced the Freedom SL with a size 8 Decade SL and it fits perfectly with enough wiggle room for my toes and the laces tightened normal.

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I've never really liked wearing goggles. That unnatural look from the lens tint but mainly on seeing the frame. I feel compressed, they're literally up in my face bothering me while I'm riding, cramping up my stoke. No more with this big fatty bowl :D

I'll compare the size difference with the Oakley Crowbar which I've been using for a couple of years and could be said a standard size goggle. The crowbar's peripheral/side vision is very good but it narrows at the top and bottom. The Fishbowl extends vertically and out solving this concern. You have to try hard to see the top/top corners and sides, barely there! The nose area is pretty much the only thing evidently there and it's minimal. If you are looking straight everything just feels so open and free! Go ahead look side to side too, up and down because you have the vision to do so!

Comparable goggles I've tried on are EG2's and Dragon's APX. I've also tried Von Zipper's Feenom which I'd say size wise is in the middle of a standard goggle and the Fishbowl and it also offers good vision vertically.

In short... most goggles already offer great size horizontally and adding great vertical size makes for a much better package ;)

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