TM-Two Jones XLT Snowboard Boot
Going from massive Alaskan peaks to the mystical forests of Japan, the ThirtyTwo TM-Two Jones XLT Snowboard Boot serves up the supportive feel and aggressive traction desired by freeride fanatics. Seeing that it's Jeremy Jones' signature TM-Two boot, the Jones XLT improves upon the popular original TM-Two with the outstanding grip of a Vibram sole. A big benefit of switching to a Vibram sole, the heel welt is compatible with semi-automatic crampons, which allows access to inhospitable alpine zones and glacial expanses without worrying about traction issues.
The classic lace-up design gives riders the ultimate control to cinch down the boot tightly, with the tongue tension system preventing unwanted heel lift. The boot's articulated cuff keeps shell distortion to a minimum for support retention over the course of the season. Adding to the boot's supportive feel, the Performance Backstay maximizes energy transfer to your heelside edge, while the thermo-moldable Performance liner conforms to the exact shape of your foot for a custom fit. There's also a rubber toe cap for reinforcement when you're kicking into icy crusts and climbing craggy peaks.
- Jeremy Jones' signature boot for freeriding
- Articulated shell preserves its flex over time
- Stiff flex maximizes support and energy transfer
- Performance Intuition Foam liner provides a custom fit
- Internal harness and liner power strap for security
- Vibram sole with aggressive traction and heel welt
- ThirtyTwo focuses on creating supportive, no-nonsense boots
- Item #TTW00CG
- Q & A
Solid freeride boot, watch for boot out
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I picked these up primarily as a splitboarding boot. I have a different pair of boots for everyday resort riding. So far this season I got about 5 days on them at the resort to break them in, then 2 full days on split tours. They're a great choice if you want a burly, backcountry focused boot for heavy lines. They've held up well for me, the vibram sole provides great footing, and they still feel relatively normal underfoot (albeit stiff).
A few drawbacks:
* The break-in period on these is intense. The first couple days or so were painful, even by the standard of new boot break-in. By day 5 I was comfortable taking a tour in them to break them in a little more aggressively. They're fine now, but most boots I've ridden I'm generally good after 3-4 resorts days. If I were to do it again I'd heatmold them (I generally mold by riding).
* They're heavy. Generally I don't care so much about this, but it can be a pain in the ass if you end up in a situation with extended postholing. Ask me how I know.
* They're VERY bulky, both front-back and overall shell volume, which is something to be wary of if you have size 9.5+ feet. I own 10.5s. I have to size up to bigger bindings than normal and compared to my Adidas, I boot out FAR more easily driving big carves. My resort boards are 255 at the waist, with these I'd need closer to 265 to feel comfortable. For my use case, it's not a big deal since I'm not getting the same board angle in the backcountry as on groomers. But I'd love the option to run these in-bounds without overhauling my board and binding quivers.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
It's been about 5 years since I had new snowboard boots, so maybe I forgot about the break-in period. When I originally took them out of the box and put them on I got worried because they were tight and uncomfortable. I tried to wear them around and break them in but it just wasn't working. I finally caved in and heat fit them. I immediately noticed a difference. They are now just as comfortable as my old boots. They are stiff and responsive which is nice when you are riding big lines. I rode them a full day at Silverton and my puppies were thanking me on the hikes and tailgating at the end of the day. They are a bit more bulky than other boots so I had to adjust my bindings to fit. This could mean the difference between a binding size. Even though the break-in was a pain in the foot and they are bulky they get 5 stars from me.
Super solid charging boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Comfy, warm, well built, stiff and supportive. Full vibram sole is awesome, and spine material keeps great rigidity. The upper cuff sliding over the lower stops creasing and increases the life of the boot. So far I'm super glad I got a pair. After 140 days the heel welt stitching blew out and a harness eyelet gave out, but 32 sent me a replacement pair free of charge.
Long time Rider
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been riding the basic 32 tm-2 boots for a while, but this year decided to give the XLT a go. Basically the same boot, just a tad stiffer and a little bit bulkier (just a tad though. 9.5 tm-2 fits a medium binding, so does XLT. A 10 tm-2 fits a medium but the XLT in a 10 may require a large). That extra bulk is worth it though; there's a reinforced the cap that can take a beating! These being the Jeremy Jones model, have a small gaitor at the bottom of the boot. Hasn't mattered much so far but come the sloppy spring days, I think they'll help a ton in keeping my feet dry.
Will these take a contact strap style crampon? Cam in back and strap in front?