Review: K2 Darko BC Boots

Purple/Teal - Also available in Black

The K2 Darko BCs may just be the world’s best snowboarding boot!  Now, I know that’s a bold statement but that’s just how strongly I feel about these boots.  The Darko BCs (Boa® CONDA) are a medium-stiff flexing freestlye snowboarding boot.  What sets the Darkos apart from other freestyle boots are those two little letters at the end of their name.  K2 Boa® CONDA is an exclusive internal harness system that allows you to tighten the liners of your boots without the need to unlace the outer boot shell.  The Darkos are the only boots that pair BC technology with traditional external lacing, giving you the best of both worlds.  You can adjust and tighten the external laces to your liking and literally dial in the internal liners and make adjustments on the fly, all without ever having to unlace your boots.  Internally, the Darkos make use of K2’sINTUITION™ PRO-FOAM 3D liners for precision fit right out of the box and K2’s low-profile HARSHMELLOW soles for increased board feel and dampening.  Simply put the Darkos are a kick ass snowoboarding boot. 

Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons:

Props:

  • Super lightweight
  • Comfy as kitten slippers
  • Felt great right out of the box – no breaking in needed
  • On-the-fly-adjustment.  Plus I didn’t have to re-tighten my laces all day!
  • Radtastic 80s Hot Dog’n inspired design

Knocks:

  • Slightly less stiff than I am used to (but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing)
  • When pressing or really leaning into the boots I could feel the boa mechanism against my shins slightly

If you’re looking for new shred kicks this season you should definitely give the Darkos a look.

Get more details at: K2Snowboarding.com

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~ by hrocker on December 10, 2009.

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