The K2 Gague is a slightly softer mix up from the very popular Maysis boot in K2’s line at a little better price point. It offers a speed lace on the interior and a BOA for the exterior. They don’t really have a reduced footprint and run a bit on the bulky side but other than that they are good boots.
Flex: A little softer than the Maysis and makes for a little more freedom of movement.
Comfort: K2 is just comfortable and we haven’t been in a K2 boot that isn’t. Every foot is different but the cush interior makes most feet happy.
Heel Hold: This doesn’t lock in your ankle/heel in as well as the Maysis because of the speed lace but the BOA on the outside still really does a good job making it close to excellent.
Adjustability: No real adjustability here. It’s pretty quick and easy but you can’t make the lower and upper different.
Flex Retention: K2 makes pretty long lasting boots and this has the high end endo tech that keeps the boot’s flex going for a ling time. You can get 100 days no problem with this.
Response: Not bad edge to edge and the K2 Gauge can work with a wide variety of boards.
Traction: Solid Traction and it’s good keeping you standing from an icy parking lot to walking over cold rocks on a peak.
Shock Absorption: Nice shock absorption too. You can keep your legs going for a long time.