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 Post subject: Burton Driver X v. Deeluxe Spark
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:10 am 
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I definitely need new boots and have been doing my research (thanks for all the posts). I'm trying to decide between the Burton Driver X and the Deeluxe Spark. Initially, I thought the Spark was the answer but I've heard many, many mixed reviews. Is there anyone out there that has tried both?


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 Post subject: Re: Burton Driver X v. Deeluxe Spark
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:44 am 
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I've been using Salomon Malamutes for the past 3 years, Spark deeluxe this season and tried the Driver X. for 1 day.

Driver X. and malamutes are very similar, they're great for the slopes, perfect for carving (nearly a hardboot feeling).

Spark are more mellow but stiff on torsions - they're perfect for freeride and even more for splitboarding: When you're touring on steep terrain, you like your shoes to hold the board as stiff as possible but when you're riding in powder, it's better to have some flex, especially when you get a surprise (like powder to bullet proof snow transition you didn't see), that allows you to soften your ride without beeing thrown away!

Overall, I'd get the Driver X./Malamutes for the resort, I might get deeluxe spark for freeriding and I'd absolutly get the spark for splitboarding.

If you just go splitboarding 5-10 times a year and spend most of the time at the resort, there's no need to invest in the spark.


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 Post subject: Re: Burton Driver X v. Deeluxe Spark
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:32 pm 
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if your splitboard trips involve glacier travel, steep cramponing, or sections of mixed mountaineering then get the spark.

if your trips are skinning in freshies and making soul turns and surfing sideways then really any stiffish snowboard boot will work.

when i lived in the sierra i thought climbing in my snowboard boots was just fine, now i ride the cascade volcanoes and climbing these things in regular softboots is sketchy as hell.

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