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Built for big mountain destruction.

Light a freeride fire under your feet with the Deeluxe Men's Spark XV Snowboard Boot. Its resemblance to a mountaineering boot is no coincidence—this is Xavier de la Rue's pro model that he uses not only to ride down the scariest lines imaginable, but also to help him with the just-as-terrifying task of hiking up to the top of those lines.

C3 lacing allows you to independently adjust the tightness of the heel, forefoot, and shaft areas of the boot so you can customize the fit to suit your riding. You can also customize the flex of the boot with removable TPS Shield tongue inserts, which allow you to run the hard insert for the stiffest flex, the medium one for a slightly more forgiving feel, or go without for the softest flex. The DuPont Surlyn backstay stiffens the boot for reliable support and response that will last over time. A D-Tex waterproof membrane prevents moisture from seeping into your boots throughout the day, even when you're stomping through slush.

The Thermo Flex Premium liner is heat-moldable to allow you to get the perfect fit for your foot, and the E-Lacing system helps keep your heel locked down for reduced foot fatigue and improved response. An EVA midsole absorbs shock from harsh landings and reduces vibrations for a smoother ride. The rugged crampon-compatible Vibram outsole has aggressive lugs to provide traction on icy surfaces, and it's extremely durable to resist damage from hiking across jagged ridges and rocky approaches.

  • C3 lacing
  • DuPont Surlyn backstay
  • Burly mesh upper with D-Tex membrane
  • TPS shield tongue stiffener
  • Thermo Flex Premium liner
  • EVA midsole
  • Vibram outsole
  • Power strap

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3 5

Broken before Broken in...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are definitely a specialized boot. If you do just general backcountry touring, this probably is not for you. If you are getting into more of the mountaineering aspect, its a great boot for the job. Boot sticks to rock very well for scrambles on snow and rock. Is easy to kick into hardback for vertical boot packing without crampons.

I developed some pretty nasty blisters trying to break them in and have a feeling they have a long way to go. Unfortunately the tensioner lock on the inside of both boots broke after a sled skiing session. I could feel the plastic piece getting hung up on the side of snowmobile.

They are substantially larger in over length than regular snowboard boots. My large Voile Light Rails frame had to be taken all the way back to allow proper toe pivot movement. After adjusting the pucks on the board all the way forward, I still have substantial heel drag. I am planning on adjusting the binding frame again to see if I can find the best balance between the pivot range of motion and heel drag. I have only used them a handful of times, so hopefully all the pain and adjustments will pay off.

3 5

Break in

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots take a long time to break in. Your sy even think you forgot how to snowboard. When they are all broken in they fit soooo nicely. Unfortunately before my first pair was broken in I had to send them in because the sole was delaminating. I use them for a lot of ridge top hiking. They fit my grivel g-14 crampons just fine too. I've used them for moderate ice, but it didn't get cold enough to need a double good here this year. Those fitwells look pretty sweet...

Break in
4 5

Great for crampons and Verts

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear a 10.5 and I'm an 11 sneaker size. At first, these were very uncomfortable, so I had them re-molded with a toe spacer, and that helped a lot. I wanted to up-size, but that would have just been fighting the real issue, which is simply that these take a long grueling time to break in, like basic training in the army or something like that. Plan short excursions at first, trust me, or you'll regret it.

I was pondering the summits, but I was pretty convinced these would do the job. Anyone have both the summits and the XV's to compare?

Also, I have heard of fit wells more and more, but never have seen or worn them. Thanks for the input on that one from the reviews!

They fit the CAMP steel crampons very nicely with the ridge on the Vibram soles, which are like a dream for traction on rocks and ice, and even the parking lot at the resort!

VERTS perform well because of the stiffness, although I will say the Karakoram adapter un-does the stiffness, and needs to be customized with the same plate you use for your split board.

I wonder how the new prime plates adapt to the VERTS? probably easy I would think.

I'm getting the Karakoram carbon prime's next week. in 10.5, I need the large size Karakoram bindings, and the air strap just barely makes it, but it works nicely. Regular 10.5's can go into medium or large bindings, but these XV's are quite a bit larger than regular boots.

They are also on the heavy side, but not considering the Vibram soles and stiff construction. Still, a lighter version, or "the right light" like JJ says would be awesome.

The tightening system doesn't really stow properly, and needs improvement. They also get loose, and need frequent tightening in the field.

So, excellent boots, but 4 stars to keep them honest and hopefully improve these main points:

#1: Comfort
#2: the tightening system, and the stow-ability.
#3: the weight

I don't have as many hours on these boots as these other reviewers describe. I got them halfway through last season, and have half a dozen outings on them, so I have not had anything break as others have described, but relatively low hours on them.

Thanks for the input, everyone!

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Hi, I have Deeluxe Independent BC boots size 11 and want to buy karakoram binins , but I dont know which size is beter L our M. If I buy size L Im not shore if I can centred boot on the board?

3 5

Cheap Lace Lock System

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If anyone knows of the Mt. Glory bootpack in Jackson then you know you need a boot that doesn't pack out after hiking 50K vertical in a season. This boot doesn't pack out and is stiff which is great for back country snowboarding. The vibram sole is solid and is compatible with crampons which is awesome if climbing snow/ice. HOWEVER, halfway through the first season the plastic piece on the side of the boot broke. Deeluxe's customer service was mediocre as I had to remind them that I didn't hear from them after sending an inquiry. They sent me 10 repair kits which include laces, springs, and the plastic lock mechanism that you can see on the side of the boot near the top. It requires relacing the boot which is EXTREMELY difficult. Took me 2 hours to do one boot. Tools that where used, tooth picks, paper clips, tweezers, lighter, and finally fishing wire which allowed me to pull the lace through. Needless to say, if it brakes again I'll be more willing to send my boot in for repair than to do it myself.

Great boot but the most important piece, the piece that keeps tension in the laces, is very cheap and ineffective. Even when it's working properly it still doesn't hold tension on a half day tour.

4 5

Rad Moon Boots

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like most people who are interested in these, I splitboard and mountaineer. Out of the box these things look like big moon boots which forced me to adjust my binding straps a lot to accommodate them but that wasn't a huge deal. I've been touring with them for a few weeks now and really like them. Right away they felt good trying them on and were true to size. However, like a lot of new stiff boots, they gave me a few blisters/hot spots after the first few long days but now they're broken in and feel perfect. They're very stiff which makes cramponing a lot more secure. It even has a heel welt for semi automatic crampons. The Vibram sole is great for scrambling on rocks and ice. I did some mixed climbing/scrambling the other day and was very impressed. My biggest complaint is that even though the laces let me get most of the boot tight as possible, the power strap at the top is never quite as tight as I would like. It works well enough but if there was a boa there or a stiffer liner, these would get 5 stars. Considering getting an intuition liner to address this but it's not that big of a deal just yet. Maybe after a season or so.

Responded on

UPDATE: So what Deeluxe got right with these boots, they got really right. Stiff Vibram soles, heel welt, great sizing, and comfortable. However, they need to really improve the build quality. Within a few days, the laces snapped on mine. And I have heard of numerous other people with the same exact problem. Also, the seams are tearing where the toe strap touches the boot. All in all, these boots have a lot of potential but are just very poorly made.

3 5

Wrong liner and wierd sizing

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Heads up the liner in this boot is not what is advertised it's actually the Thermo Flex. Also I'd size up these boots a half to a whole size. Lacing system was a little clunky as well. Still on the hunt for the best BC/splitboarding boot....

Responded on

Buy an Intuition power wrap liner and put in any boot you have. It will make a soft boot a stiff boot. Make sure to take them to a boot fitting shop and get them fitted, best boot you'll have, the liner will last years! Just replace the boots when they wear out and get it fitted for the new boot.

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Get a pair of fitwells backcountry boots. I don't know why backcountry doesn't carry them yet

Responded on

Here you go. http://fitwellboots.com/product/backcountry/ They finally have a US based distributorship now. They cost a pretty penny, but widely considered the best of the best when it comes to softboot options for splitboarding. If these don't work for you, you may want to look in to hardboots, TLT5/6 among others.

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I got the Summit. Base on mondo size and allow plenty more than several uses to break in. It's going to be stiff and feel weird till it molds to your foot .(even after heat molding)