Forums Boots Just picked up new Spark Deeluxe XVs, first impressions…
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  • #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.

    #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!

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    #784474
    MHolmes
    190 Posts

    Any reviews on this years boot?

    #784564
    Matt Rielo
    7 Posts

    How do they compare to last years leather model? I love having outer leather splitboard boots!

    #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.

    #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.

    #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.

    #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

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