V-66 by Vans
Who : Vans
What : V-66 boots
Where : Your local Vans Dealer
When : Right now suckas!
Why : Premium Materials, Internal Strap Sync, Pleasure Cuff , Stainless Steel, Double-Posted Gripping Lace Hooks, Tongue Lock Down, Internal Wrap Harness and OTW Lace Lock, Quad-fit liner, V3 Footbed and OTW Lite Outsole
How : Made from top notch materials these boots last longer and take a lot more abuse to break em down. The internal Strap is actually sewn to the back of the boot locking your liner in with the shell so they work together like PB & J! The lacing posts make sure your laces don’t come loose during the day. Lace em up once and don’t touch em again until your done shredding. The tongue lockdown is a special hidden loop that pulls the tongue tighter against your foot when you lace up. The liner is a heat moldable material and has an X shaped overlay for ultimate fit and comfort. The V3 footbed is like a pillow under your foot and coupled with the Ultrafoam and Impactsorb in the outsole if you hurt your feet in these you need to go see a podiatrist a find out why you still have overly sensitive baby feet.
Personal Thoughts : It’s no secret that I’ve been riding the same company’s boots since 1996 and I have a hard time chucking my pigs in anything else to go ride. With boots being your most important piece of equipment I don’t want to risk riding something that might not feel good. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that I convinced myself to pop these puppies on for a session! Overall comfort was superb. They had a nice wide toebox (heads up those of you with wide feet) and a nice secure fit everywhere else. Not to stiff, not to soft, good all mountain feel. The standard lace system (which I always prefer) stayed tight until I was done riding. All in all its exactly what you’d expect from a company that’s been making snowboard boots for the last 20 years!
*This review is strickly my personal thoughts and experience and should by no means be the reason you buy a certain boot. NEVER EVER buy boots without trying them (and other comparable boots) on in a store. Your boot is your most important piece of equipment HANDS DOWN and no matter what the company/color/lacing system the boot that fits and feels the best IS the best boot for you. Spend a little more on your boots as well if you need to ($50 goes way further in a boot than it does in a board)