This boot absolutely rips. With help from Lucas Debari, it was designed to take on the world’s gnarliest mountains. It took over two years to develop, and boy does that show through its thoughtful design. The foundation of the boot is a burly, crampon-compatible Vibram mountaineering sole. Unlike a traditional snowboard boot, the sole is incredibly stiff, making kick-stepping up exposed faces a piece of cake.
Say farewell to foot cramps while willing your soft-soled boots to stay on a steep headwall. Unlike most other splitboard boots built up from a mountaineering sole, the Aspect felt like a snowboard boot during descents. It actually outperformed many resort-specific freeride boots. Testers had just as much fun riding this boot deep in the backcountry as they did soul-carving groomers and even sending hits in the park.
Bringing it all together is K2’s Boa Conda Lacing system. The Conda’s not-so-secret ingredient is the full ankle wrap, which locks the heel completely in place to provide even more power and responsiveness in demanding terrain. This boot gets after it in the backcountry.