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ConsI might be the minority here but I have had horrendous problems with the durability of the buckles on my Full Tilt Descendant 6s. Had to replace two from being bent within the first couple of days and I'm now rocking those two replacements which are also bent. However that was probably due to some crashing which is semi understandable. This season however it was pretty cold up at Killington one day, I had not hit the park all day just skiing some East Coast pow and I realized as I got off of the lift that my buckle strap in the middle just snapped. So would not recommend the 6s just because of buckle durability for the price you pay.
_RNS_I've had the Salomon X-Pro 130s for the majority of this season and last. While they are super responsive, the amount of shinbang I got was ridiculous. If I spent just one day in the park, my shins would be fucked to the point where it was hard to even just cruise around the next couple of days. I got a pair of Full Tilt B&Es for the last couple of days of this season and as much of a meme as they are, they definitely helped with shinbang. I was able to ride a couple of days of just park back to back, which I couldn't do in the Salomons. However, the 6 flex is just way to soft to really ski anything but park imo. I'm not a huge guy, 6' 170lbs, but I felt like I could easily overpower the boot and it definitely lacked responsiveness when it came to making GS turns and charging through bumps and steeps. Also, I'm not sure if its the soft flex, or upright stance of the boot, but my quads were on fire anytime I was making carves at high speed. It felt like I was holding a wall sit, which is something I had never felt in the Salomons, or any other boot for that matter. Overall, next season, I'm going probably going to be riding the Full Tilts with a 10 flex tongue rather than the Salomons, just because shinbang was such a huge issue for me this year. Hopefully the stiffer tongue will make them a little more responsive, but with a 6 flex I can't recommend them if you want to charge hard. However, the 6 flex does make butters super easy if your into that sort of thing.
Mattgeraghty3I work as a boot fitter so know that fit is obviously the most important thing here but I've noticed there's lots of people looking for a boot that will crush it in the park but also be stiff enough to charge on big lines and was wondering if anyone had come across anything they particularly enjoyed?
onenerdykidWhen it comes to finding "the right boot for you", how the shell fits your foot is only one part of the equation. You also need the right cuff height, cuff volume, and overall stiffness to match you as well (not to mention good footbeds as a must).
If your boot matches your biomechanics (foot shape, leg shape, ankle range of motion, weight, strength) then you will have a boot for both freestyle and freeride. Done, end of story.
And ultimately, what works super well for one person can be the worst option for someone else. Honestly, it doesn't matter what other people like. You need to find out what works well for you. One caveat here would be issues of durability, which can for sure be discussed.