Would anyone be interested in joining a camp and improve softboot carving this winter with Kazunori Hirama, Shimhoon (leader of FunxR in Korea), and Ryan Knapton this winter? I'm trying to make this happen for Rama and Shimhoon (youtube Shimhoon Film) to fly to Colorado and have some fun with Ryan Knapton. Shimhoon is an apprentice of Rama from a decade ago, and currently manages Rama's team Infinity. Shimhoon is widely considered the No.1 softboot carving god in Korea.
At this time all three parties have already agreed to meet and are making schedules for this winter.
Sept 14 Update: The process has gone well, pending corporate approval on the ski resort side. Once confirmed, I'll do a major update, including time location, pricing etc. Expected by the end of this week.
I am looking to sell my Salomon Malamute softboots, size 9 US mens. They are in excellent condition, almost no signs of wear. They are from the 2016/2017 season, purchased new at REI and used maybe 12 times or so since. They are just a bit too small for me, I typically wear size 10.
These boots are perhaps the stiffest softboots on the market. They also use plastic inserts to increase stiffness, all of which are accounted for and included. The liners are advertised as heat moldable, I had REI mold them once when I purchased.
Salomon's current model is almost the same as what I'm selling here, with liners being the biggest difference (no more synching cord on the newer liners) and a different tread pattern on the sole. Also, the orange plastic "powerframe" is light blue on the current model. The current model retails for 399.95 USD.
I'm asking 200.00 USD for these, buyer pays shipping. Please reply if interested.
Though my experiment with hardbooting is over (for now, who knows what tomorrow might bring) I still need a stiff setup. My Burtons are "OK" but not really up to the task. Every time I lean into the tongue they pretty much let me fall forward and don't support toe side turns.
I managed to find some NOS Nidecker/Flow Talons and stuffed a pair of Intuition wrap liners in them. The result is really really stiff, like hardboot stiff but with a much shorter BSL. I hope this will allow me to ride at the angles I find comfortable while giving enough support.
Just out of curiosity, for softbooters, what setup have you been using?
By Jack M
166cm, 27.5cm waist, 10.5m avg VSR. Excellent condition, built in fall of 2018. BX-ish carvey freeride board. Premium construction with Titanal inlay, carbon fiber net, p-tex topsheet can be waxed and ground. Decambered nose and tail, mellow camber. 4x2 ten-packs. Used only by me in combination with my alpine boards, so not a lot of use. Never used with hardboots. 1 grind, edge bevels at 1-base, 3-side. No damage, no issues. Some liftline scuffs. Awesome board, just selling to fund my next custom Winterstick!
$600 plus shipping. Bindings not included.
They really friggin’ hurt.
really though other than that.
i have a new set of drivers, I like them, sort of. They are better than the old malamutes.
So, for a long time most high end boots came in one of two configurations either a hinge type that works better but they are much softer or like the driver where to flex forward it forces the boot to deform this crushes the foot, that shit hurts and it’s because the driver has no hinge.
It looks like it’s still this way with most brands..
I’ve had a couple sets of 32s and Burtons that hinge, this is a better design, why the hell cant they just build one with a stiffer tongue?
Anyone have an answer to that?
Pictured is a hinged design.. I actually forgot I had these boots.
I wrote reviews of this board in following thread. It was interesting experience to test a board that is constructed with partial new technologies (carbon beams, titanal laminated, kevlar layers). The board is made for specifically Korean softboot carving market, which is getting popular recent years.
In my opinion, this construction and shape allow non-hardboot experience softbooters to really get into 'carving' without penalties from conventional mass-market all mountain/carving decks. its similarity of flex, sidecut radius, and decambered nose with 'normal' softboot snowboards surely make them comfortable to learn and excel with this board. I know one colleague who started alpine snowboarding with a proper modern alpine deck few years ago but he has been in quiet struggle. Now with this deck (shorter version), he rides quiet comfortable and progresses his way toward alpine snowboarding.
Intrigued by its constructions, I got this last month from Korea and test rode 3 days (3-4 hours/day). Its condition is like new. (White smudges on the photo are from my hands). The base is covered with wax. SOLD
Here are my postings for spec. and its characteristics.
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