The K2 T1 is stiff and aggressive for someone who likes support and response at a reasonable price point. If you pair this up with a responsive binding you can bend any board to your will. Even with softer bindings you will still get more out of the board. These run a little on the thicker bulkier side but it is one comfortable responsive boot.
Flex: The K2 T1 is one pretty stiff boot. You can barely flex this thing when it’s new and it’s almost like an old leather ski boot.
Comfort: K2 Boots are pretty cushy. Even with a BOA liner most people have little to no pressure points. This is one of those boots that does a good job getting you ready for a long day on the hill.
Heel Hold: The BOA liner gives this boot an advantage over most traditional lace boots and it helps keep the heel more in place than most. It’s not like their double or tripple boa systems but it works well for a traditional lace or hybrid lacing system.
Adjustability: The K2 T1 has BOA for the inside and Traditional lace for the outside which is unique to K2. This makes more sense to us than some of their boots that have one lace for the outside and one for the inside. You can do a pretty good job adjusting the upper and lower with a traditional lace snowboard while still being able to tighten up the liner from the outside. It’s just not a speedy process.
Flex Retention: The 2013 and 2014 have a new urethane insert throughout the spine of the boot called endo construction. This lasts a long time and helps preserve the flex of the T1 even longer. It’s great for those that like to have a responsive boot and keep that response for a long time.
Response: Very responsive edge to edge and it turns most boards out there pretty well.
Traction: Solid traction and we are big fan’s of vibram soles.
Shock Absorption: K2’s harshmellow boots do a good job absorbing shock.
Not much has changed from 2011 to 2012.
The 2013 K2 T1 has a new very cool change that will drastically improve the longevity of the flex. They put in a single mold of Urethane throughout the entire boot which is very resilient and will maintain it’s flex for a very long time.