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K2 Maysis 2019 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The K2 Maysis doesn’t have much when it comes to adjustability but it really shines when it comes to locking that ankle in. It’s also very comfortable, very well made and super easy to get on/off.
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Size Tried: 9 (2019 Model) and 8.5 (2018 model)
Riders: James, Jimbo, Mary
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro, Union Strata,
Boards: OZ Custom Woody, Lib Tech Box Knife, K2 Manifest
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: 9 US
Foot Width: D bordering on E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Top of the boot): 17”
Calves (Bottom of the boot): 12”
Sizing: The K2 Maysis runs about 1/2 size large on the US Brannock Scale so the 8.5 boots fit me perfect and the 9’s felt too big.
Fit: These have an interesting fit. They are nice and snug around the back of the foot/heel but then widen out a bit as you move towards the middle of the foot which makes these boots fit most mid-width feet as well as those who have narrow feet.
Comfort: These are super comfortable and I really felt they were an almost perfect fit day one. These were not demoed boots but came brand new to me so the comfort factor is high.
Flex: Nice middle ground flex that works with a wide variety of boards/bindings.
Flex Retention: K2 has what they call endo construction where there is this rubber type of support in the shell that seems to do a good job with flex retention. I haven’t personally ridden a pair for the season but the demo 8.5’s I tried had lot’s of days on them and still had a very similar flex to the brand new boots I tried. They weren’t the same but were really good for the use they had. The K2 Maysis also seems well built so with good care they should hold up well.
Footprint: As you can see in the pic below the 8.5 Maysis is longer than my 8.5 Adidas Tactical ADV’s from heel to toe but they aren’t as long as they used to be. Also, these Tactical ADV’s, in this size are about as small as boots get footprint wise. I had to adjust my toe straps to make these fit my bindings but I have seen a lot bigger. You also often trade warmth for reduced footprint so if warmth is important to you and you have the right width board for your boot side then these might be a good call.
Turn Initiation: It has nice smooth middle ground turn initiation that can power most boards. Even brand new it works well and it doesn’t overpower your turns or make the ride twitchy.
Shock Absorption: Nothing amazing but nothing bad either.
Heel Hold: This is why so many people love this boot because it’s all about wrapping that ankle up and keeping it in one place.
Adjustability: There is almost no adjustability with the Maysis. The double BOA has one for the inside around the ankle and the other for the entire shell. That makes this BOA boot pretty poor if you like upper and lower separation but excellent if you prefer heel hold over all else.
Traction: Great traction and the K2 Maysis rubber holds well.
On & Off Ease: Sooo easy to get on and off. It’s just two pulls on the Boa’s and you are out of it. Getting it on takes a bit of twisting but it’s pretty quick and easy without strings everywhere. The convenience is really nice.
So if you can live with the lack of adjustability the K2 Maysis offers up a super comfortable super locked in a boot that’s super easy to get on and off.
K2 Maysis Past Reviews
The K2 Maysis Boot is a great all mountain do anything boot that is very supportive and comfortable. The Maysis is well priced, well made and good for someone who likes a good ballance between comfort and response.
Flex: The flex is medium stiff and feels pretty all mountainish.
Comfort: The liner is very cush and because of that it’s known to pack out a bit so you might want to size down 1/2 size.
Heel Hold: You are locked in with the Maysis because the Double BOA is for the inside and outside of the boot instead of upper and lower.
Adjustability: The bad part about K2 Maysis Double BOA system is it doesn’t adjust the upper and lower boots. There is one BOA is for the inside liner and the other is for the outside. We’d rather see upper and lower BOA’s but many people love this design and prefer an ultra locked in heel than separate upper/lower adjustablity.
Flex Retention: It has some minor articulation in the ankle to preserve the flex but it still doesn’t compete with an articulating cuff. It also doesn’t have “Endo” tech but it still holds it’s flex rather well for this price point and it can get through 100 days no problem.
Response: The response with the Maysis is very good and it can handle just about any board out there when it comes to turn initiation.
Traction: It’s not their higher end vibram sole but it does a good job from peak to icy parking lot.
Shock Absorption: Nice shock absorption that is in between ultra cushy and skate shoe in terms of feel. With a good binding you will be shielded from a lot of shock.
The K2 Maysis has a big following, the construction is very solid and will last a long time. If you want the easiest boots to get in and don’t care much about upper and lower adjustability or a reduced footprint then give the Maysis a try.
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K2 Maysis User Reviews
Best boots for me since my Vans Andreas Wiig 2009. After those i tried newer Vans and Nike Air Force One boots and they were total rubbish compared to these. The Maysis are fairly comfortable but mostly have great heel hold while i can leave the outer boa a bit looser to allow some leg movement. Relatively large footprint but don't see that as a problem. You'll never get cold feet in these boots! I've ridden these on Slash ATV, Straight and Jones UMT boards with burton mission and union fc bindings.
Ugg boots are better
The WORST....Flimsy dont waste your money and time
I read about this boot as being a very good one. I bought this years model 2018, and after riding the very first day, my ankles took alot of beating and smashing. The pain is terrible from that new BOA CONDA system they use, Its CLEARLY HAS NOT BEEN TESTED ENOUGHT!
After 2-3 days of riding now and then the boots, changing with Nitro TLS, I noticed that the boot literaly started cracking and breaking down, in the front part from the Katana bindings ...what a joke...what a waste of time and money!
SHAME K2 !
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This is my second pair of Maysis, the first I was very happy with. Just like a previous reviewer, 2 quarter size holes were eaten through my boot on the back side where it comes in contact with my Burton Cartel bindings. This did not happen to my previous pair of Maysis before this or any other boots I have ridden in these bindings. It happened only after 5 times out. This is NOT normal wear and tear, it is a product defect. I have been boarding almost 30 years and never seen anything like this. Even my Sorrells when I first started boarding held up better than this. The sucky thing is that K2 won't own up to it and you will be stuck with the price tag. They lost my business...you have been warned, hope that helps.
Broke these in in Ohio(very short runs) with no issues initially. Took them out to New York for some longer runs and noticed my socks would bunch up under my foot every 3-4 runs. Had to remove and readjust multiple times throughout the day. Just got back from a 3 day run at Jay Peak in Vermont(much longer runs) and I was having extreme pain on the front of my ankle on the left and right of my feet. I'm interested in the other comments about relacing the boa system, but I can't find any instructions online on how to do this.Was planning on abandoning these boots, but I suppose the relacing would be worth a try. Any help on how to do this would be much appreciated.
Good for about 2 days
I wanted to like this boot, and for what it's worth it did perform decently, for about 2 days on the hill. The problems started when the sole began to peel away from the bottom of the boot starting at the heel. Then the Boa cables began to cut through the shell and now the closure system at the toe box is separating from the shell, rendering the boot unusable as I can no longer tighten the boot adequately to ride. Needless to say I'm very disappointed in this product. As a company that touts the durability of their products (see "Endo" construction) I would've expected more. Their warranty is also horrible as it only covers manufacture defects so they won't replace (not that I would want another pair) or refund the product. Also be advised that the sole is super slippery on ice or even semi-hard snow. You can only really wear these around resort parking lots, I did one sidecountry hike in these and damn near fell off the hill.
I have pictures to document all of this but I can't seem to post them here. I did write an Amazon review you can check out if you want to see for yourself.
Great boot overall, but beware of single outer BOA, runs large
I tried a couple of BOA boots and finally settled for the Maysis.
Overall I'm very happy, but there are some caveats.
* BOA Conda: Internal BOA that pulls your heel into the boot. Amazing heel hold!
* Very comfy (for my foot at least)
* Fairly light
* Cool design
* Single outer BOA
* Runs large
Problematic for me was the single BOA on the outside.
When you move your leg/upper foot, the outside BOA will loosen at the top section (where there's a lot of movement) and as a result tighten up at the bottom section (where there's much less movement).
After a few runs the boot will get tighter and tighter at the bottom, leading to pain, cold or even numb feet.
For me it really helped to re-lace the outside BOA and skip the bottom part (see Paul's tip below, thanks Paul!).
That way the BOA stays tight at the top, while leaving enough room for your foot at the bottom.
The boot fits my feat well and the binding strap keeps the lower part somewhat in place too, so it's actually not too loose at the bottom.
For me it's quite perfect now!
BOA has instructions on their website how to re-lace the system. It's actually pretty simple and takes just 2-3 minutes.
With K2 Maysis+ you can adjust how the pressure is distributed between the top and bottom part of the outer BOA.
However, it's also stiffer, heavier, and more expensive.
So I decided for the Maysis. But it might be the better alternative for some people.
Lastly, the Maysis runs a little large.
In all other boots that I tried I have 10.0/28.0/43.0.
In the Maysis I have 9.5/27.5/42.5.
Also the liner packs out a bit after a couple of days, so I recommend buying it pretty snug.
My second favorite Boot that I tried was the Salomon Synapse Focus BOA.
I recommend you try that one too for comparison.
I'll preface this with the fact that I have poor foot circulation. Every boot I've ever worn has caused varying levels of pain/discomfort in my toes and feet if I'm not careful...and the better the hold, the tougher it's been to find a good balance. The tough part is that heel-hold is paramount to my snowboard experience.
The first time I put my feet in the Maysis and cinched it up I knew it would work perfectly for me. That heel-hold is like nothing I've ever found elsewhere. It's really amazing. I was worried that the compromise would be that the boot would become too painful, especially because of the way the Boa system works in this boot, but I'm pleased to say I was wrong.
The Boa system in this boot works so well and is so easy to use that it's no sweat to pop out the fasteners at the end of each run to let my feet chill and then quickly and easily tighten everything up when I'm ready to roll at the top of the run. I did replace the stock foot liners/beds with some aftermarket ones, but I don't have a comparison b/c I did that right away.
Anyway, I love this boot. For my style of riding it's perfect. I've had zero things go wrong with it, and the break-in has maintained its stiffness. The only reason I haven't given it five stars is I feel like a three Boa system would make it perfect to better control the top, bottom, AND heel.
Responsive, but worried about Longevity
Unique inner-lining adjustability
BOA locks in the heel
Initial discomfort/pain when riding
Early wear on binding contact points
I've mostly been riding Burton boots and wanted to try something different with the K2s. I was looking for a slightly stiffer/more responsive boot than my Burton Rulers, and was interested in trying out the BOA system. A local shop rep recommended these. These felt much stiffer than my old Rulers. I actually need to get used to how different the response feels, especially when engaging the toe edge.
While these boots were very comfortable when trying them on in the store, my first day of riding led to some serious foot pain and numbness in my toes. I haven't had the liners molded though, so I might just need to give it a few more days to let them break-in.
I like that the inner lining is adjustable via the BOA, rather than having a separate pull-and-lock tightener.
My issue is with the durability of the outer shell. After a single day of riding, there is a nice little hole worn in the back of the boot where it makes contact with my binding. I tried to bring them back for a warranty replacement, but the manager told me that K2 would consider this "normal wear-and-tear" and that he couldn't help me. This is not an issue I'm used to seeing. I've put 50+ days on my Rulers and haven't noticed any holes or tearing on the binding contact points. To have this happen on my first day of using them is disappointing.
Finally, there isn't a whole lot of footprint reduction with these compared with the Burtons. I wear a size 11 and am definitely getting some toe-overhang.
For me, the pros don't outweigh the cons. I'll ride these for the rest of the season and hopefully the comfort gets better as they break-in, but I'm worried about the longevity of the outer shell. So far I've only had 1 day in these boots, so I'll have to update this review when I get more time in.
Update on the previous post. Relacing the boot with just the 2 lace feeds has worked. Now i can get a tight fit on my shin while giving my feet, toes room. The boot is finally comfortable.....