The K2 Passage is a well made mid flexing boot that could work for a wide variety of riders. It’s got a lot of K2’s higher end tech at a reasonable price.
Flex: Very middle ground flex that’s supportive but also allows a little freedom.
Comfort: Very comfortable. K2 does a good job fitting peoples feet and reducing or eliminating pressure points.
Heel Hold: The BOA speed lace combo does a good job locking in that heel. It’s a little step below K2’s double BOA but it’s still way up there in the locked in excellent category.
Adjustability: No real adjustability here. Both the inner and outer lacing systems do the same thing. If you like upper and lower adjustability look somewhere elses.
Flex Retention: K2’s “Endo” technology holds the flex for a long time so this is a great boot if you want to get 100 days a year.
Response: Nice balance between being forgiving and somewhat responsive.
Traction: Not bad here but noting special.
Shock Absorption: K2’s Harshmellow is pretty shock absorbent and protects your ankles, knees and hips rather well. It’s not super cushy but it’s not like a skate shoe either.
On & Off Ease: Incredibly easy off and very easy on as well. K2 is the best with this because all you have are 2 systems to quickly undo to get out of your boots.