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Old    D C (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       07-14-2009, 10:43 AM Reply   
Ankles are really bothering me this season, What are your recommendations for boots for someone who's ankle's are junk?
Old    tom jack knotek (tom13knotek)      Join Date: Feb 2009       07-14-2009, 10:50 AM Reply   
i have broken both of my ankles. most recently i broke my left out in breck hitting massive kickers. the hyperlite atlas is a very stiff boot as far as ankle support. those are the bindings i got after i broke my right ankle 3 years ago. chad sharpes ronix binding is pretty stiff.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       07-14-2009, 10:53 AM Reply   
Slingshot D2.

They have soooo much ankle support but are still very easy to get into.
Old    Nick Bigger (nbigger)      Join Date: May 2008       07-14-2009, 11:13 AM Reply   
X2 on the Slingshot D2. I love them I had the CWB Zues and they are great also but the D2 are great bindings and easy to adjust and get in and out of.
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       07-14-2009, 12:35 PM Reply   
I know Zeus' are stiff. CWB Fuse may have been stiffer, but don't quote me on that. Chad Sharpe's old boot were pretty stiff. Highback, 3ds, then whatever his Ronix boot is...
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       07-14-2009, 12:37 PM Reply   
liquid force...imo, when it comes to comfort and support, no other company comes close.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       07-14-2009, 12:41 PM Reply   
^ Every LF I've been on are super soft (I rode shanes for a long time, best boots ever made)... even the Watson which people claim to be really stiff were much softer than most all the others listed

Atlas are really stiff but not a comfy stiff, just crusty stuff

I haven't been in a pair of Ronix Cell's since 07 but they were awful, worst boots I've ever been in.

Zeus are nice but I never felt fully locked in, there as some part of my foot that had room to movie.

I would think the Murray boots with the added stiffening things might be good too, although I've never been on them
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       07-14-2009, 12:44 PM Reply   
^Murray's ARE stiff.

Almost broke my ankle in some LF Sphynx's years ago. I know its one of their more flexy boots, but its the last one I ever owned.
Old    nEwJ_HoSeR (tinytdubb)      Join Date: Jul 2007       07-14-2009, 1:23 PM Reply   
** Just my opinion and statistics**

I've seen more tip fib fractures with stiff boots....ankles were fine though.

Could be just a coincidence.
Old    D C (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       07-14-2009, 1:55 PM Reply   
So....looking above, seems some are all about stiffness for the ankle, but some like them to flex. My Zeus' aren't bad and are getting broken in to the point they're getting a bit flexy, but I'm not sure what I should be looking for, stiff or flexy.
Old    tom jack knotek (tom13knotek)      Join Date: Feb 2009       07-14-2009, 2:11 PM Reply   
stiff=less of a chance of re-injuring ankle

flexy=a lil more of a chance of twisting ankle, but the advantage is the added flexibility for tweaking grabs incorporating style
Old    D C (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       07-16-2009, 12:56 PM Reply   
Picked up some 07 3DS's, hopefully these will keep them in tact when bootinig the kickers at KCW!
Old    nEwJ_HoSeR (tinytdubb)      Join Date: Jul 2007       07-16-2009, 1:06 PM Reply   
I rode 3ds binding for 2 years and love them. They break in and get pretty flexy but still have good support. Plus they eject well! I also owned Zeus's and they felt like snowboard boots. just my opinion
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       07-16-2009, 1:36 PM Reply   
The Zeus are one of the most flexible boots I've ever put my foot into.

The '08 Murrays are VERY stiff along with all of Chad Sharpe's boots.
Old    Thom Yorke (r8dohead)      Join Date: Jul 2009       07-16-2009, 4:23 PM Reply   
I have Zeus and they are by far the best fitting boot on MY feet I have ever ridden. They are not stiff,flexy as hell and comfy.I have had the same pair for 3 seasons and I am about to put new overlays on them.Thanks CWB two years back when I wrote them to tell them they were ripping.They sent all new parts.I recently tried my friends closed toed Watsons and they rode high on my shin and my ankle felt like nothing was touching it.Not a secure feeling at all.I will stick with Zeus & my Watson 142 Combo for a long time.
Old    D C (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       07-16-2009, 4:33 PM Reply   
I'm keeping my Zeus', but they don't fit on my Roam, so I needed something which would fit its hole pattern
Old    nEwJ_HoSeR (tinytdubb)      Join Date: Jul 2007       07-16-2009, 4:42 PM Reply   
I know its a personal preference but I can't stand how spongy CWB foot beds are. And the hinge reminds me of how much I hated Flow bindings when they came out for snowboarding. To each there own. It must just be me because a lot of my friends rock CWB bindings.
Old    Brant Williams (kitewake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       07-18-2009, 12:41 AM Reply   
There is more to ankle safety than just 'support'. Any boot with a thick spongy footbed is an ankle destroyer...no matter how good the support is. CWBs are a prime example. I had a bad eversion sprain (lucky I did not break my ankle or lower leg) with a pair of CWBs because the spongy footbed compressed...which then created space for my foot to move...resulting in the tear. 9 months later...I am still not 100%. I may never be.

If you have bad ankles...or want ankle support...stay away from anything with a thick spongy footbed designed to 'absorb impacts'. Talk to an ortho Doc. They will take one look at a boot with a thick spongy bed and tell you to throw it in the trash...without even knowing anything about wakeboarding...and they would be right.

I now ride Slingshot D2's. The footbed is about 3/8 thick max...and yet the landings feel just as soft because of the high tech footbed they use. I ride the inner boot with the stirrup very tight, and the outer laces only moderately tight. This way I have great ankle support, but the boot itself is flexy. My foot is not going to pivot side to side on my lower leg. If I take a real beater...the whole boot comes out the biding...boot still on my foot.

(Message edited by kitewake on July 18, 2009)
Old    Jonny (wakeboardlasvegas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       07-18-2009, 1:04 AM Reply   
Just picked up some PB Floyds... not quite the D2's but I didnt want that high of a boot.
Old    JONb (jonb)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-19-2009, 12:23 PM Reply   
Ronix cell boots would be a good choice.
Old    Jeff Baker (innov8)      Join Date: May 2005       07-19-2009, 12:45 PM Reply   
Been riding CWB bindings for 6 years and have never had a single problem with my ankles.
Old    Doug Lindsay (sxjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2006       07-19-2009, 2:17 PM Reply   
09 Ronix cells. super comfortable, tons of support, lower on the leg then some of the others. and no i cant tweak out grabs like i could with shanes, but at least i can still ride.

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