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K2 Snowboards Taro Tamai Snowsurfer Boa Boot - Men's

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    Hunt the white wave.

    The K2 Men's Taro Tamai Snowsurfer Boa Boot emphasizes freedom and flexibility for arcing beautiful turns and gliding effortlessly across deep powder. Designed with extensive input from legendary Japanese rider and Gentemstick board shaper Taro Tamai, it's best for darting between trees, ripping across open bowls, and slashing hidden stashes.

    Instead of being aggressively stiff like other high-end freeride boots, the Taro Tamai Snowsurfer Boot maximizes mobility with its articulating cuff shell and softer flex. To prevent your foot from freezing when you're slaying powder from morning to sun-down, the Spaceheater Intuition liner reflects heat back to your foot for added warmth without extra bulk. The Boa Focus closure provides two dials for independently tightening the upper and lower zones, so you can fine-tune the fit to your liking. And to ensure plentiful traction during hikes and out-of-bounds exploration, the Vibram Pro-Lite sole features rugged traction that grips across icy snow and steep terrain.

    • Fluid flexing boot for surfing the white wave
    • Softer flex allows smooth, graceful pow turns
    • Articulated shell maximizes freedom of movement
    • Boa Focus independently tightens upper and lower zones
    • Spaceheater Intuition liner offers low-bulk warmth
    • Neoprene lace cover keeps snow out of boot
    • 3D-molded EVA footbed absorbs vibration underfoot
    • Vibram Pro-Lite sole for aggressive traction
    • Item #K2S00DC

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    directional flex articulating cuff
    Closure
    Boa Focus (upper & lower zone tightening)
    Liner
    Spaceheater Intuition with directional flex
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    yes
    Flex
    soft
    Sole
    Vibram V4
    Footbed
    3D-formed Dual Density EVA
    Recommended Use
    freeride/powder snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great boot. BOA needs constant adjusting

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Pros.
    The boot fits true to size and is very warm.
    Has forward directional flex that no other boot has.
    Super comfortable and looks great
    Cons
    Boa needs constant tightening for upper and lower BOA after a 5 minute run. It’s due to the forward directional flex ability that the BOA laces give in to allow you to lean into the shins and push the tongue forward. This is great for hiking and touring but bad for riding. The BOA laces then come loose as soon as you lean forward Ito your shins 2 or 3 times when going toe side. Then your feet starts wiggling inside the boot since you are not locked down anymore and by the time you get the bottom of the run the balls of your feet are sore and tired because you had to compensate and use your toes to go toe side because the boot isn’t holding you down and locking you in. So you will need to adjust your BOA on the ascent and adjust midway down on the descent.

    I emailed k2 customer service and they have a generic response to my concerns. It’s a design flaw and the BOA comes loose on the forward lean. I don’t think it’s a manufacturer defect. Just a design flaw as it allows the directional forward lean and that stretches the BOA laces and once that happens both the bottom and top BOA become loose. Otherwise you can overtighten where it’s constricting your blood flow and by the time you get to the bottom of the run it loosens up to a comfortable tightness.

    After 5 days of riding the boots and constant tightening of the BOA after every run. I have given up on these boots. My feet hurt and are sore from not being locked down properly. I’m going back to speed lacing.

    To be fair, it is possible that this is a specific fit issue.
    These boots are used widely in Hokkaido- at the epicenter of the current Snowsurf movement in Japan- by many in the local community for a good reason. They are excellent boots.
    Personally, It is the most comfortable snowboard boot I’ve ever worn (after countless fit issue nightmares) and amazing in its design. It is suited perfectly for both surf style riding and carving.
    While it’s true, the Boa laces can use a little readjustment when the feet settle in, after some initial runs, it sounds like the issue here is not a flaw in design, but rather fit, or possibly a technical malfunction issue.
    Hope this helps.