"Jbaysurfer hits the nail on the head. I don't understand why hardbooters have to come in and force feed their straightlegged style on everybody. Sure, I seriously want to give it a try, and I like the idea, but if I can't tweak a huge method or lay out some big stylie heelside slashers, or ride switch, then it ain't snowboarding to me."
Ignorant and derisive statements such as the above are not productive. Please consider re-reading my first post in this thread where I praise the Fitwell for giving soft boot riders a high quality boot choice, hopefully the Fitwell guys will continue to develop their boot and get the weight down. I will continue to express my position, as long as I read ignorant statements which contain things such as: "straight legged style", because such statements clearly demonstrate a lack of understanding about the flexibility of the set up many hard boot riders here use. Again: my boots flex about the same as one of the stiffer soft boots, like the Malamute, or Driver X. Slashes, boned out methods, laybacks, etc, are all just as possible as with a soft set up. I do not care what people choose to ride, it is snowboarding after all, which should all be about individual expression. What I do care about is dispelling the somewhat pervasive myth propagated by statements such as yours above. Adiitionally, why should anyone not be able to express their opinion? Russman, who works for Karakoram, often goes into hard boot threads and spreads his opinion in those threads.
Ignorance is bliss eh? Maybe we should have separate forums, which you must log in to with a picture of your footwear. Seriously Barrows, let's take it down a notch. We get it, you like hardboots and long responses on the beach Don't take it so personally, you will never convert everyone to hard boots, and that's ok. We still love ya.
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1313 Location: Colorado
Hey Mike, no worries man. I guess I am not making my point clearly. I have no intent to convert anyone to hard boots, I could care less, and people should ride what they like, and how they like. As I said previously, this is snowboarding, and the beauty of the sport to me is individuality, style, and creative expression. What matters to me is that there are some very vocal riders on these forums spreading mis-information about how hard boot systems ride. I only want to express the truth, for those who might be interested in trying something different-but those people should make their own decisions, based on their own experiences. I just want people to have an open mind, and to accept that a hard boot system need not be compromised in riding performance in any way.