Forums Boots Just picked up new Spark Deeluxe XVs, first impressions… Viewing 8 posts - 61 through 68 (of 68 total) ← 1 2 3 4 Author Posts September 8, 2015 at 8:46 am #783527 bcall8 125 Posts Hans, what’s your take on the new Jeremy jones boots from 32? They seem to have a lower profile than the deluxe boots. I know a lot of people have been bashing the walk mode on soft boots idea, but I’m just glad to see more soft boots being built with splitboarding in mind. September 9, 2015 at 9:55 pm #783547 HansGLudwig 601 Posts ^ In general, I’m curious and I think they look over-engineered. I could easily be swayed though into liking them. Smaller footprint – I hope so. I know I don’t like the 1st gen clown shoes Deeluxe came out with. Keep in mind, Jer is a tiny dude and I’m positive those boots are custom tailored for him with his small feet. Walk mode – Meh. We’ll see. I want to read reviews before I stake a position. It feels like a ‘solution in search of a problem’ or —at best—a marginal improvement to touring and possibly not worth the price, weight, faff, etc. . . I know I have an anti-BOA bias. Trad lacing – I am interested in his tweaks to the traditional lacing harness which “wrap the whole boot.” Is it different and how? What is the product of that really hard work? Protected laces – IDK… I got gaiters built into all my snow pants. Do I need this? I’ve never had laces get wet and freeze. Then again, I’ve never skinned and camped for days on end. I can see how frozen laces can really screw the pooch in Svalbard. All top-line mountaineering boots got’em. Maybe the covers protect the hooks in the full wrap lacing. We’ll see. I mean 8 years ago, I first saw an iPhone and asked, “Why would I want that?” and now it’s hard to imagine life as a musician, teacher, and backcountry dude without one. I am genuinely curious about these boots but not enough to be an early-adopter. However, bashing companies and people for innovation, no matter how wacky, is totally uncalled for. It’s not like Jones/thirtytwo is MTN Approach or anything. I too am totally stoked manufacturers are coming up with solutions to split-specific boot problems. Love it! Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page... http://splitboard.com/activity-2/ October 17, 2015 at 8:23 am #784474 MHolmes 190 Posts Any reviews on this years boot? October 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm #784564 Matt Rielo 7 Posts How do they compare to last years leather model? I love having outer leather splitboard boots! February 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm #789062 snowsnowsnow 54 Posts Put in my first day on last year’s model XVs. Must say that I am sorely disappointed. I ripped out one of the handles on the speed lace as I was putting the boots on at the car, I tied a knot and it got the job done. Things shouldn’t be breaking on day 1 though… The liner definitely needs some break in time, first time I’ve had hotspots or blisters with snowboard boots. If these don’t work out I may have to jump on the 32 Jones train or maybe the Fitwell freeride if those are available stateside by then. February 3, 2016 at 5:25 pm #789063 MHolmes 190 Posts This thread isn’t nearly active enough, so thanks for the review! I just ordered some 2016 Northwave Domain SL’s after scouring the internet and the splitboardmag.com review from a few days ago. I’ll post up a thread on my findings after I get them and my fractured rib heals… I’m over Burton Driver X’s – they can’t handle even half a season of splitting and sledding. February 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm #789952 snowsnowsnow 54 Posts For what it’s worth, it’s been two weeks since I emailed Deeluxe about breaking one of the speed laces and no response from them… Wish I had bought them from backcountry instead of GearX. They would have been returned by now. March 17, 2016 at 7:57 am #790546 SplitterX 104 Posts I have been on the Deeluxe independent BC all year and absolutely love them! They don’t have anything but single lace system and I thought I would miss having Boa but now I am stoked on the laces. The Vibram sole makes all the difference in the world too. They seam to take a lot of foot pain away for me when riding because they don’t flex as much as the crappy RIde Insanos I had. The skinning performance is much improved over anything I have ridden other than the Phantom/TLT combo I also have. The only thing missing is a walk mode, otherwise these are the best boots I have ever ridden in 30 years of riding! I have about 2 dozen tours on them and they are still like new. Concidering these are the cheaper version of the Deeluxe XV, which from this thread sounds like they have problems, I highly suggest the Ind BC’s instead. Shred on Fast and smooth Viewing 8 posts - 61 through 68 (of 68 total) ← 1 2 3 4 You must be logged in to reply to this topic.