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K2 Raider 2016 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The K2 Raider is a comfortable well-made entry-level BOA Boot that can help you progress. Great for the 10- 20 day a year rider or a good beginner to intermediate.
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Reduced Footprint: K2’s boots don’t have a reduced footprint and run on the longer/wider side of the spectrum
Flex: Pretty medium to a little bit on the med/soft side.
Comfort: K2 is pretty good at eliminating pressure points with single BOA boots and K2 knows how to build a boot around a foot. It fits a wide variety of feet.
Heel Hold: Even though the Raider doesn’t have much going on with the liner like the higher end tech it still has a good BOA system that can lock in an ankle/heel.
Adjustability: It’s quick to lace up and take off but it’s got no way to customize to your upper and lower parts connected to the boot.
Flex Retention: Not bad for a $200 boot and it can hang in there for a few seasons easy if you don’t ride a lot. Even lower-end K2 boots hold their flex rather well.
Response: Not bad for most boards you want to ride.
Traction: Pretty good traction.
Shock Absorption: Not bad here but doesn’t have their higher end shock absorption tech.
This isn’t going to blow you away but you get what you pay for and possibly a little more. If heel lock, easy in and out is more important than adjustability and having a reduced footprint then the Raider might be a good choice.
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K2 Raider User Reviews
Not blown away, but adequate
These boots look great on your feet but do not perform all that well. The BOA strap loosens easily and it has no adjustments at all. You get what you get. That being said, they are very comfortable once you break them in, but heel lift is a small issue. Still, happy with my purchase. Solid price for solid boots.
These boots are the worst boots I have ever owned. Not sure why thegoodride is commending this for heel lift. You have to REALLY crank it down to kee the heel secure after the first day. This results in poor circulation and extreme pain... And yes i did go through the works to try and improve the fit. This boot is discontinued and I would avoid it all costs. Personally, I went with traditional laces (tm-two) but if you go with BOA, stay away from these single dial systems.
I've ridden this boots for quite a while now and im starting to hate them more and more. everytime i ride my feet get sore after half an hour and sometimes they even fall asleep. I really dont recommend it.