- BAGS, PACKS AND RACKS
|Product Name||Sale Price||Merchant Name|
|Nitro Team TLS Snowboard Boot - Men's||$179.97||Dogfunk.com|
|Nitro Team TLS Snowboard Boot - Men's||$179.97||Backcountry.com|
|Nitro Team TLS Snowboard Boot - Men's||$179.97||DepartmentOfGoods.com|
Last years model-good for narrow ankles
I've got last year's model.My typical shoe size is 8, with my right foot slightly bigger trending towards 8.5. My feet are difficult to fit in that my ankles are very narrow. Hence heel lift has always been an issue. From past reviews and lots of sifting through forums, the Nitro came up several times for being good for narrow ankles so I tried them out.They are tight, but given the size decrease and potential for pack-out I knew that. They consist of an inner, removable liner, and an inner lacing system that is different than other boots. The inner lacing system is not part of the liner, it is actually part of the boot. And then you have the dual lacing of the outer boot.The standard sock liner, like most boots is a total joke. They might as well put a piece of cardboard in it. I've been trying superfeet insoles, and they are a step up, but my feet still throb and am considering Shredsole or Sole inserts.Getting the inner liner into the boot is very very hard. It takes me a long time to do it.Getting the boot all laced up seems to take me a long time. First there is a velcro strap around the top of the inner liner. Then the inner lacing that holds the liner down. and finally the dual outer lacingThe inner lacing system is one of those tabs that you slide down. The architecture of the inner lacing being integrated with the boot instead of being tied with the inner liner is great. It really enables locking the liner and hence heel down snug. It's ashame though that the this inner lacing tab system doesn't stay snug. It seems that I have to resnug it down several times over the course of the day. That part is annoying because it does work very well in terms of keeping heel lift down.The outer lacing system, the TLS is funky. It's got two laces one for the lower part of the boot and one for the upper. This is nice to allow you to customize tightness. Again it takes me a long time to get things set up. You have to first snug up the laces with your fingers and then pull hard. The retention system is a spring loaded cam with teeth on it to grab the laces and keep them from coming loose. This does work excellent in terms of not loosening over time. You have to wrap the excess lace around your boot and then stuff the grabber part into a little sleeve on the side of the boot. This is a little hard to actually get in on my boot and it pops out sometimes.Getting out is also a little tough, Pull down on the laces and they unhook from the spring loaded cam. To summarize. If you have narrow ankles these do work well for minimizing heel lift. Circulation in my toes/fingers is very poor (renauds possibly) so I can't really comment on the warmth as my feet would be cold in anything. The inner lacing system integrated into the boot is fantastic, but in this implementation it does not stay snug over time. The other lacing does work well in allowing you to customize upper/lower tightness and it does stay locked down once set. Hard to get into/out of and time consuming, but worth it for the heel control.
the boots are great. they were warm and comfortable all day and kept my feet dry and safe. they were a little too warm in fact when i was riding the shuttle bus so i opened them for transits. thanks to the great lacing system that was easy as cake. the cushioning is phenomenal and the grip sets standards so long park days are no problem. i would say they take a lot of punishment but it also takes its toll on them. they are not indestructible and i got some nasty scratches on them, the tongue ripped out of its stitching at the base and the laces show some wear and tear. its not bad so i guess it will be a few years until new laces need to be put in. overall i can say they are the best boots i have ever had. they are also very small so they fit in smaller bindings, unlike the new vans or burtons. doesn't mean you have to get a bigger size, they come in right at your normal sport shoe size, just that they have less of the bulk.if you ask me if you should get them? definitely yes!
all around long lasting boot
the team boot is designed around your average team rider... this boot will do it all and hold up to the highest level of punishment that you can give to it... a flex panel at the hinge point of the boot allows the boot to stay tight around your ankle when you flex the boot instead of bowing out the boot material around your ankle... this boot has a lot of support and a thermacel liner... this means that the liner has a rubber compound mixed in to help get a better mold to your foot... a flex toe panel allows for more toe room for more warmth.. the TLS system provides a super easy to close system that is very durable and stays put.. in the bottom zone of this boot there are little pulleys in the lace loops to reduce friction, allowing for a better close and less lace fray... this boot is the best boot for that rider looking for a boot that will last a couple seasons and go all over the mountain... not to mention, the boot looks super sick as well...