Serious support for charging.
Ready for the rider that logs over 100 days every season, the K2 Women's Contour Boa Snowboard Boot is built with K2's Endo urethane exoskeleton for a supportive flex that doesn't break-down half-way through winter. Designed with a medium-stiff flex, the Contour Boa loves nothing more than charging steep alpine faces, slashing fresh snow in the trees, and sending cliffs with style. Because it's home riding the steep and deep, you'll find a Vibram Pro-Light sole for aggressive grip when you're hiking for fresh lines.
The Boa H3 Coiler lacing system precisely tightens the boot's shell, cranking down security and support with the quick twist of a dial. Besides being ridiculously easy to operate, this lacing dial quickly releases, allowing you to kick off the boot without fumbling with laces. Adding to its adjustability, Boa Conda tightens the liner, preventing heel lift when you're charging at high speeds. Ultimately, this double Boa closure gives you a micro-adjustable fit tailored to your riding style and local terrain.
What good are responsive boots if your feet are cramped and miserable? Realizing this, K2 loaded the Contour Boa with a plush, foot-conforming Intuition Comfort Foam 3D liner. This liner is heat-moldable, meaning it conforms to the individual contours of your feet as you ride throughout the season. Internal J-bars clutch your ankle inside the liner, preventing your heel from lifting during toeside turns. Additionally, the 3D-formed EVA footbed offers an impact-absorbing oasis for tired feet.
- Supportive boot for hard-charging riders
- Medium-stiff flex excels while freeriding
- Conda urethane exoskeleton for flex retention
- Boa H3 Coiler precisely tightens the outer shell
- Boa Conda eliminates foot movement inside the liner
- Intuition Comfort Foam 3D liner for a customized fit
- 3D-molded EVA footbed absorbs harsh landings and vibration
- Vibram Pro-Lite sole delivers aggressive traction
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've held off on reviewing these boots because I've had this love hate relationship with them for the last 3 months. I am a pretty aggressive big mountain focused rider. Stiff boots are a must, and no heel or calf slips are an even bigger priority. When I tried on these boots in the store my first thought was these things are as comfy as slippers. I was proved wrong but they are finally coming around... Keep reading I'll hit all the points.
I have only had quick lace boots in the past and these are my first BOA's. The dual BOA really helps synch down that heel so i rarely ever have lift. Unless I don't have them quite tight enough and then I just stop for a second, give them a few cranks and be on my way. Takes me less than a minute which is a really convenient perk of BOA's. They are also super handy in the back country because you can keep them a little looser while climbing and tighten them up top for more stable riding.
Here is the major down side. I have probably between 30-40 (including 6 backcountry) days on these boots already and they can still kill my feet. The breaking in process took forever and was worst I have ever experienced! I also heat molded them so don't think that they're all peaches and roses after that. It started that the tops of my feet would go numb (super weird if you've never felt that) and after an hour I would need to take my foot out and let blood flow back into the toes. The pressure has changed to different areas and so has the numbness during this awful process but in the last week I have had a break through. I can now stay in my boots for a whole 4 hours with only bearable discomfort without feeling like I'm going through the worst case of the screaming barfies ever.
My relationship with these boots didn't start off strong but I see great things in our future together. They are stiff, like ski boot status. They hold my foot and calfs in place and I never slip because the boot loosens mid toe side turn. And after this past week I truly think these boots will one day find a softer side and stop trying to murder my feet.
I wouldn't recommend these boots if your not a tough chick or a serious rider. But if you have both qualities I think you may have found your match with a little bit of patience.
Run wide. Need wider feet than mine.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I have very skinny feet and wanted some boots that have the ability to compensate that and keep me snugged in. A friend told me about the double boa lacing system and I gave it a shot. After setting my search filters tighter and tighter I had narrowed my search down from 35 to 3 boots that I ordered and tried on.
This pair flew out in the semi-finale, because they run pretty wide for my feet. Definitely more made for male feet or flatter running arches.
What I loved about these shoes is the Vibram hiking sole that make them very durable for backcountry snowboarding experiences. If they would fit my narrow feet better, I might have kept them.
I am a size 9 and ordered 8.5
Bought as a gift for a friend. She likes the double boa feature, super fast to get on and adjust. Only complaints not as comfortable/cushy as she hoped and her heel tends to ride up when she's doing a hard toe side.