Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Need splitter opinions – Musings on Burton Ions and Driver X
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  • #571273
    frozone
    56 Posts

    I’ve been riding Ions for a few years now, really like them. Got some Drivers this year, for resort and splitting. Could barely handle them the first 5 or 6 days but stuck with them. Now 30 days in they’re feeling pretty good.

    In the meantime, I picked up a new pair of older Ions, 2007 model with the quick lacing coming up the side. They were pretty cheap, I’d blown out my other Ions and figured I’d be returning the Drivers. I still haven’t used them because the Drivers got to feeling good. However, the Drivers feel best splitting or riding my Malolo on powder days. Most resort days (I spend a lot of days at Brighton with my kids) I’m on a Lib Tech TRS. This whole season I haven’t felt very dialed on the Lib, and I’m wondering if it’s the super stiff Drivers I’m using on this light, poppy, twin tip board, or if I just suck.

    So, here’s my debate. Should I start using the Ions for resort days on the Lib, and the Drivers on deep resort days and tours, or should I sell the Ions while I can

    Reasons to keep the Ions and ride two sets of boots:

    -Both boots last longer
    -I get the benefits of the different stiffnesses of the two boots
    -I’m in both pair around $300 combined, about the price of new boots
    -I don’t want the newest Ions cause the footprint got smaller, I’m between bindings and went with large Bindings awhile back. Going to the smaller footprint would mean needing to trade out at least 3 pairs of bindings on different boards, (Cartels and Missions) for Medium bindings.
    -I don’t really need the money, nobody’s (read wife) telling me I have to sell them

    Reasons to sell em

    -I think I have someone willing to buy the Ions for more than I paid
    -Mountain and road bike race season is basically here, I could use the money for other things
    -Tough economy, do I really need two pairs of boots
    -Maybe I do just suck and the Ion’s won’t make any difference in my resort riding.

    So what do you guys think? Would I have a better experience in bounds on a more compliant boot like the Ion paired with my Lib Tech or should I dump ’em, lose my skirt and ride my Drivers all around until they fall apart.

    Frozone

    #614769
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    Fella, I used to have IONS, and then went to Driver X’s. The Drivers are definately a stiffer boot. What I would do is just not tighten them as much. When I go between riding zee off-piste, and zee piste.. I just tweak the tightness of my boots… It’s nicer for riding switch, and all around playfulness. Then when you hike/tour.. just give them a tighten before you point it fall line. Plenty of time between safety meetings, and whooping!

    Keep both the boots.. you never know when you’ll need them.

    #614770
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    Sorry to drift but I was just curious about this. Have either of you guys had problems with the Drivers causing pain on the back of your shins? To borrow a tele ski phrase, I get reverse shin-bang on my front foot. Trying to fix it with different methods of padding etc and wouldn’t mind speeding the process up a bit. I can barely walk at the end of a day of riding.

    #614771
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    @splittilps wrote:

    Sorry to drift but I was just curious about this. Have either of you guys had problems with the Drivers causing pain on the back of your shins? To borrow a tele ski phrase, I get reverse shin-bang on my front foot. Trying to fix it with different methods of padding etc and wouldn’t mind speeding the process up a bit. I can barely walk at the end of a day of riding.

    Not quite the same, but I finally had to shelve my Drivers as I kept getting recurring pain in one of the tendons on my front foot ankle due to their liner padding.

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    Chris

    #614772
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    Yeah, I would sometimes.. but, when you hit BC booters, and such.. I chalk it up as part of the problem.

    I usually loosen up the boots on the uphill.. then crank em’ down b4 dropping. That tends to help w/ that issue.

    #614773
    frozone
    56 Posts

    Have had any real issues with my Drivers, that’s part of my dilemma, they’re actually really comfy these days. They started feeling good after 5 or 6 days on the boot.

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