22. December 2015    
We had been testing the new Splitboard Boots of Deeluxe and Fitwell for you. The test parameters are comfort, power transfer, heel support and production quality.

When you do splitboarding the power transmission from the boots to the bindings and board is key, no matter if on the way up or down. On icy traverses or hours of skinning, the boot is first in the line.

The Splitboard Boots had been tested while touring, hiking on rocky terrain and with crampons on ice. Bindings and Board stayed the same.

Lets start with the Deeluxe Boots and have a look at the Fitwell Backcountry then.

The Deeluxe models (Summit,  XV und XVE) became around 1 cm shorter in the overall length, compared to the last season. Thanks to the new sole construction your feet come much closer to the board giving you an incredible board feeling. You feel the board directly under your feet, well connected. Regarding the backwelt for the crampons, there is nothing to complain about.

The Deeluxe XV is a light Splitboarding boot with backwelt for semi-automatic crampons mounting. With a thermoliner it can be exactly fitted to your foot and becomes very comfortable. The Deeluxe lacing system was optimized and now is less prone to mechanical impacts as before. The best however is the new Vibram sole construction, responsible for the amazing ride feeling with all these Deluxe Boots. Also on the ascent without board, the Vibram sole gives a lot of support in rocky terrain. The boot is relatively stiff, the heel is kept in its place by the liner and thus a good power transmission to the board is given.

The Deeluxe Summit is the posh model of the XV. The outside entirely from leather, the boot has a precious look and promises longlife durability. Additional to the fast lacing system, a Boa-system especially increases the heel support. The boot has a somewhat harder flex than the XV, this further increases the possible edge pressure.

The Deeluxe XVE, initially is similar to the XV, but has an additional zipper on the instep, which protects the lacing in extreme conditions from freezing and abrasion by the crampons. A strenghthening over the seams protects them from abrasion. A big plus of comfort during the ascent and also in steep ice brings the Walk mode. A Strap allows the rear part of the shaft opening, thus you can move back your leg further and make comfortably wider steps than with traditional splitboard boots. The integrated Boa system, like the Summit has too, pushes the heel well down and keeps it in position.

TheFitwell Freeride Boot is less extreme than his brother Backcountry. In our opinion the Freeride is the optimal splitboarding and mountaineering boot for those who like it hard, but also comfortable.
Semi-automatic crampons can be easily and securely attached, the Reel Knob lacing works flawless and the heels stay where they belong. Lateral pressure is transferred well and quite directly to the board and the edges, which makes traversing easier. The rather hard flex needs some time to accustom, but then you can rely on this boot completely. Price/performance = Top!

Deeluxe XV

  • Comfort: 7
    (with Thermoliner 9)
  • Power transmission: 7
  • Heel support: 7
  • Boardfeel: 10
  • Weight: 9
  • Quality: 7

Deeluxe Summit

  • Comfort: 8
    (with Thermoliner 10)
  • Power transmission: 8
  • Heel support: 9
  • Boardfeel: 10
  • Weight: 8
  • Quality: 8

Deeluxe XVE

  • Comfort: 10
    durch Walk-Mode
  • Power transmission: 8
  • Heel support: 9
  • Boardfeel: 10
  • Weight: 8
  • Quality: 8

Fitwell Backcountry

  • Comfort: 7
  • Power transmission: 9
  • Heel support: 8
  • Boardfeel: 7
  • Weight: 8
  • Quality: 9

Fitwell Freeride

  • Comfort: 8
  • Power transmission: 8-9
  • Heel support: 8-9
  • Boardfeel: 8
  • Weight: 8
  • Quality: 9

We should also mention, because a shoe must fit well in the first place, that the Fitwell Boots are smaller sized than the Deeluxe Boots ( Fitwell Mondo 28 sits very tight compared to 27.5 Mondo at Deeluxe). Extensive fitting or a test tour is advisable. Cold or sore feet narrow your resources and can impact your agility and affect riding safety.

Burton and ThirtyTwo now also have specially developed boots for splitboarding. We have been taken them in inspection only in dry conditions by now and have not had them tested in snow yet.

ThirtyTwo Jones Splitboard Boot
The boot looks well thought out, the zipper over the laces protect against icing and the Jones boot has a Hike-Mode and attachment for semi-automatic crampons, too. The integrated Boa system is only for setting the Hike mode, otherwise this shoe is equipped with a classic lacing system. The boots is relatively hard, one can thus imagine a fairly good power transmission to the board.

Burton Tourist Boot, also this boot we've had in our hands only in the warm, in terms of price and performance, it seems to make a good impression. Stiff, light and with a good sole, this splitboard boot has a negative flex to make the ascent pleasant. There are crampons mountable and it is provided with the Burton speed-lacing.

Has anyone of you already had the Burton Tourist or ThirtyTwo at the foot ? Then post your review on our page, otherwise it comes from us as soon as we were able to test the boots in the backyountry.


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    3. June 2016 - 16:28 Log in or sign up to post comments.

    Hi there guys! I am getting a new set of splitboardboots for the next season.
    I have read your comparison but I would like to get a second opinion from you
    guys. I am not sure whether to choose deeluxe xve with touring mode or
    either the fitwell backcountry or freeride. Pros and kons on all boots are
    welcome to make my choice easier. The pros that I have seen with the deeluxe
    is that it seems to have a bit more boardfeel and the part that you can lock
    only the heel down in addition to the touringmode is quite awesome. But is it
    stiff enough to do good traversing and get a nice edgehold on traverses?
    Fitwell backvountry looks seriously rigid and well built and I believe it to
    be awesome for the way up but I am afraid it will be to stiff and a bit more
    uncomfortable. And also the lacing freezing during mulitple daytrips. The
    fitwell freeride looks to be as well built as the backcoutry but a tad more
    comfy like a traditional snowboardboot, but the 1 zone lacing is in my
    opinion a big setback. what do you think? I have own the deeluxe spark tf
    2013 now and it was getting mushy quite fast. I do both steep narrow chutes
    and funruns in the trees btw so I prefer an allround boot that will last. I ride the jones carbon solution and jones ultracraft with the karakoram prime carbons so its a quite stiff setup.

    looking forward to hear your opinion

    Best regards Sonny

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      7. June 2016 - 8:40 Log in or sign up to post comments.

      Hi Sonny,

      tried to do a short testing feedback for the Fitwell-BC (see below). Maybe that helps.....

      acording to your concernes about the one zone lacing I can tell you I had the same. But if in nice conditions like powder days I only tie up the lacing a bit over the ankle part and regulate the uper part only with the power strap .... works perfectly for me because the boot it self is that stiff. In ice dominated conditions were controle is everything i use the hole lacing range. Up to now I never had problems with iceing....
      Edge holde improves a lot with the Fitwell. I´m using it with a splitsticks setup wich brings the performance near to skies.


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    7. June 2016 - 8:27 Log in or sign up to post comments.

    Season in the Alps is over and so I think testing my Fitwell Backcountry is so far in progress to tell you about the first results. (“Why do you need a whole season for testing?” see the following)
    Starting the Season I was looking out for a new Boot that fits my Splitsticks Carbon Setup and is semi-automatic crampon ready. I chose the Fitwell Backcountry because it was called “Stiff as Hell”….. yes and I think it was good looking too.
    Testing at first was a bit hard at first because the Boot is stiffer then you would imagine a Snowboard boot to be. It took me min. 10 touring days to find the right lacing force etc. and additional 10 days to let it work perfect for me.
    But after adding some insoles because the standard Fitwell soles don’t have any ergonomic shape and no damping and the first 20 days introducing to each other the Fittwell is:
    This Season I was out to the mountains in lots of various conditions as after-work-sloap-touring up to big-mountain-glacier-touring we had been using crampons 50% of the time, so I had a good testing experience.
    After all there are just some small concerns about the boot:
    - Lacing geometry could be more ankle orientated
    - Insole to less damping
    - I´d like to have a thermo-form inner-boot
    I only can recommend this boot to every experienced Splitboarder who wants to have a mountaineering-boot combined with a snowboard-boot into a very stiff high performance spltiboard-boot.

    P.S.: for all who are out to the mountains very often in one season and are a bit sad about buying lots of boots because there lifespan is not too high: “after a season with hard Big-Mountain touring the Fitwell Backcountry looks like – just from the store – and I´m looking forward to use it at least one more season”

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    10. June 2016 - 9:37 Log in or sign up to post comments.

    Thanks for the input and the effort Bennen! definetly got things a bit clearer with the backcountry boot. Hope to se a review of the deeluxe xve soon to. Thanks :)