Forums Boots La Sportiva Spantik – First Impressions, Feedback Welcome
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    Hey guys!

    Thought I’d dig up this old thread. With all the chatter about hardboots on, I thought I’d see if anyone out there is still more interested in a technical “mountaineering” style boot for general splitboard and alpinism needs.

    I have the Fitwells, new Jones boots, have used the K2 Aspects, the Deeluxes, and countless other traditional snowboard boots. I am also in the middle of building a hardboot system with the Arcteryx Proclines. And today, a buddy of mine dropped off his old / used Spantiks for me to play with at my office.

    Overall thoughts:

    In general, if we’re talking about pure mountaineering, I’m most impressed with the Spantiks. The use of materials, design, quality etc.. are second to none. They also have tremendously greater agility and fine-tuned crampon control than any hardboot I’ve put on. For a weight comparison, they are only 50 grams heavier than the Proclines.

    For riding, I still have to throw my hat to the new Jones MTB. The forward ankle flex on that boot is absolutely BRILLIANT. Best flexing boot I’ve ever used by a very large margin.

    Playing with the Spantiks today:
    Once I add my old Intuition Ski Liners, they actually feel pretty damn dialed:

    I’m also curious if anyone on here has seriously looked at the new G2 SM from La Sportiva? That boot is supposed to be LIIIIIGHT as hell. I’m wondering if with liner modifications it could work well for snowboarding?

    As far as I can tell, most splitboarders these days are still more interested in a soft boot system than a hardboot system. And I understand that… It really does take an enormous amount of work to get the ride mode dialed in with hardboots, and even then I’m not sure you can really get 100% of the way there. Some guys get super dialed with it, but if I’m honest I can still tell that they are in hardboots by the way they move on their board. Not to mention, the top alpinists in the world still use “mountaineering boots” to climb super hard routes, they’re not climbing these routes in TLT6’s. So for more technical snowboard alpinism where you’re needing better crampon and climbing performance, I still think there is a lot of validity to a softboot system.

    I would say that the Fitwell is still probably the golden nugget for a soft snowboard mountaineering boot, but I have to admit, there’s something about the construction of the Spantik that is highly impressive. I think if La Sportiva legitimately put their game face on for snowboard boots, they could redefine the market entirely.

    Curious to hear your guy’s thoughts?

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    I wish the boot market was easier to get into for small innovators. I have always heard the cost of entry keeps the smaller players out of the game.

    Imagine a couple softboot options with some kind of dynafit-like touring mode and a pair of stripped-down downhill strap bindings. The bindings could be designed without any worries for how they tour and might result in a whole new ride interface among other possibilities.

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    I totally agree….

    If small innovators could enter the game, I feel that we would see rapid boot evolution on both the soft and hard sides of the political snowboard isle.

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