- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9.0
As someone coming into my 3rd season of splitboarding and in the market for new boots, I jumped on a great deal and was able to get a new pair of Lashed boots in 9.5 (my usual size) and these in 9.0, figuring it would be nice to have the variety.
I'm a sucker for unique tech, and the walk-mode really caught my attention: it truly makes a world of difference being able to extend your stride by a few degrees. The gaiters are also nice, but they do make it tricky to access the lower part of the laces when tying/untying them and I wish they opened up more when unzipped.
Granted these are a tad small and a much stiffer boot than I'm used to, but I spent a comically long time walking around the house in them during quarantine and had the liners heat-molded as well and they're still absolute vices on my feet. I've only done one quick tour in them and half of a resort day (to further break them in) but so far the break-in period has been brutal. I read a review from a guy who said he loves them for touring...but it took about 30 days before they really felt nice. We'll see...