wakeboard boot report
- had to share...
I tried 4 different bindings kiting with my wakeboard. Here is a
quick review of the ones I tried so far.
North Shore Tantrums (NSI)
These are my favorite boots currently because they offer incredibly
easy entry. They feature velcro closures to secure the ankle and
shin which are easy to close one handed. They are a bit stiff, so
do not feel as lively as some of the other boots, but are comfortable
for long sessions because they are loose enough to get some
movement. They have a plastic instep which supports the toe section
and keeps it from folding in when you are getting your foot in
place. The plastic instep is attached with rivets which I have blown
out, but it is easy to fix with nuts and bolts. The manufacturer did
send me some replacement hardware as well as a new heal piece as I
blew that out too. The heal piece has a webbing grab pull which
makes slipping in even easier.
Shackleboots by solbound
These boots are lightweight and feel very lively. The ankle and shin
buckles can be closed one handed, but it is difficult, and takes a
lot of practice because the inserts are short. You can enter without
soap even with the ankle buckle closed, however there is no support
on the toe section, so it tends to fold in on the heal wrap if you
try to enter one handed. There is no grab pull on the heal piece, so
you have to use the finger holes. I think with practice, these could
be great kiteboard boots, especially because they offer amazing
comfort and liveliness.
Liquid force wake sandal
I tried these because I thought it would make for an easier
transition from my directional board. They are easy to get into, but
the heal wrap is velcro, and slips out of the strap easily making for
awkward two handed recovery to get the wrap back into position. Once
the heal wrap is secure, it holds OK, but does not provide the
support required to rip.
Blindside cinch wraps
I tried the 99 model with the lace up back which allows
easier entry than some wakeboard boots, but soap is required.
Closing the lace in back is easy one handed, but the
boots are not comfortable for long sessions as they feel stiff
and unflexible. One big plus with these boots is the beefy grab
handle on the heal piece making entry easier.
For any wakeboard setup, I highly recommend the wake/kite leash by da
kine. I blew out my original one, but they have warrantied it
with a new beefier design. the weakest link has been fixed .)
btw, i have come out of all the boots mentioned which is good because
if you don't come out in a big wipe out, the bindings will get torn
off the board, or worse ...