Push the envelope.
Whether he's ripping big-mountain faces along the Antarctic peninsula, testing boundaries in Greenland's incredible fjords, or straightlining steeps in the Swiss Alps, Xavier de Le Rue is no stranger to pushing the limits of big-mountain riding. As his go-to boot for ascending and ripping drool-worthy lines, the Deeluxe Men's Spark Speedlace Snowboard Boot offers uncompromising support and customizable stiffness with rugged durability and goat-like grip for scrambling up craggy, iced-over terrain.
Its D-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane won't succumb to outside moisture and soaking-wet snow, ensuring your feet stay dry and comfortable through demanding backcountry tours and serious freeride sessions. Customizing the boot's support and response, the C3 lacing system independently tightens along the upper and lower zones with the quick-and-simple pull of each lacing handle. Adding even more support along the upper shin, the boot's Powerstrap delivers extra stiffness when you're charging at high speeds. The Spark XV PF is heat moldable for a precise fit that conforms to the shape of your foot over time. Plus, the Vibram East Ridge sole delivers tenacious traction over rough terrain and icy snow. It's also equipped with a heel welt for use with crampons when you're climbing icy couloirs and glaciers. Additionally, the EVA midsole offers extra cushioning for stomping heavy landings and busting through choppy snow.
- Rugged boot for backcountry and technical freeriding
- Super-stiff flex for uncompromising support
- C3 lacing for independent tension control
- Heat-moldable liner conforms to your foot
- XLS allows longer strides when skinning
- Waterproof construction keeps your feet dry
- Rubber rand protects boot from rugged terrain
- Vibram outsole is extremely grippy and accepts crampons
- Q & A
I was excited about this boot but the fit runs easily a half size small, the internal boot laces too difficult to use, and the quick lace system was surprisingly difficult to secure. Additionally the lining of the inner boot was super grippy and difficult to slip my foot into. For a boot theoretically designed for splitboarding, I found the lacing system to be a total deal breaker. Itâs nice to be able to quickly loosen or tighten the outer boot when skinning but it would be essentially impossible to perform any kind of field repair. Returned prior to any actual use.
Stiff, but blisters out of the box
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these new in Spring 2018 for splitboard touring/non-technical mountaineering.
Main reason for giving feedback is that the Deeluxe thermoflex liners didn't work well for my feet and purposes. These liners come with internal J-bars on the ankles that are super stiff, I'm assuming to prevent heel-lift. The heel pocket felt really secure while trying the boots on, but when I started hiking with a pack, within a half-mile I started feeling hotspots on patch of skin between my ankle and heel.
I could feel the J-bars digging into my ankle while hiking. Skinning was a bit better but still produced blisters in the same spots due to the stiff J-bars. Riding felt fine. For me, spending 90% of the time on the approach, I had to switch to my old packed-out liners to avoid blisters.
Fortunately, the heel-harness is separate, so using my old liners worked well. I'm not sure if the Deeluxe Thermoflex liners will pack out. After heat-molding, I put three days of hiking/skinning on them and was still getting blisters. I'm not sure I have the resolve to build up the scar tissue necessary to pack these liners out, or that I'd trust them on a long climb.
Bottom line, if you are predisposed to blisters on your ankles/heels, you might consider having a back-up option for liners. If you have issues with heel-lift while riding and have thick skin on your ankles, then these liners might just what you need.
Other than that, overall boot design is what I expected, super stiff sole, good support, and crampon friendly. These were actually heavier than my old ThirtyTwo Lashed boots, but not too much. Probably due to the increased stiffness and heavier-duty outsole. They ride really well. I don't have semi-automatic crampons but the Grivel G10 wide crampons fit fine. With my old liners, I will trust and use these boots to climb volcanoes here in the Pacific Northwest.
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