The Nike Zoom DK is a lot like the Nike Zoom Force 1 but it has a little higher tech like the articulation at the ankle that preserves the life of the flex like the Kaiju has.
Bindings: Burton Genesis
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin
Flex: Pretty middle ground to bordering on med/stiff.
Comfort: Nike paid some serious attention to how to fit a snowboard boot around a foot before jumping in the market and do a better job than many boot companies that have been around for a while.
Heel Hold: The Nike boot wraps around the foot really well and seems to do a great job for me in holding my heel in. That being said it’s traditional lace and some people aren’t satisfied unless they can crank a boot down super tight around their heel. For those BOA boots will only work. However most should be more than fine with these boots.
Adjustability: Love the adjustability with these traditional lacing system boots. The 2 rungs at the top locks in and the middle has a good way to secure the middle. There is a nice separation between upper and lower lacing if you want it.
Flex Retention: There is a lot of ankle articulation so it looks like it will hold it’s flex really well. No boot stays the same as day 1 but this doesn’t ever really noodle out. I know a few people who have owned these for more than 100 days and they still have a decent flex going on.
Response: Pretty responsive but not over the top. When everything is tightened up you can get a lot going on edge to edge.
Traction: Very good traction.
Shock Absorption: Really great shock absorption. I like that a guy (Danny Kass) who likes to skate also likes a little shock absorption.
Footprint: This is the only real bummer with Nike. The foot print is just not reduced and pretty big compared to other boots in the industry. If you run in between board and binding sizes these might not be right for you.
On & Off Ease: I like Nike’s traditional lacing system a lot. It’s very easy to get on and off for traditional lacing.
We don’t feel Nike needs to create a fast lacing system like speed lace but if they could reduce the footprint this boot would be a lot easier to recommend to most riders. The last few years one of our only real complaints was that they did not reduce the footprint. This made it tough to recommend to those in between sizes like a 10.5 or 11 US.