The Nike Zoom Force One is not a boot we wanted to like but we have to eat crow and say this is a very good boot. Nike knows feet so even though they don’t know snowboarding like let’s say Burton they still make a very comfortable fit that does a good job for it’s price range. The big bulky but comfortable Zoom Force 1 is going to be here for a while.
Bindings: Burton Cartel Limited
Boards: Never Summer Cobra
Flex: Medium/Stiff bordering on Stiff.
Comfort: Increadibly comfortable. It will fit very well and is very comfortable. On my first and only day I had no issues that you normally have on a first day on a boot.
Heel Hold: Locked in my heel pretty well and it didn’t lift at all but some might want more and want the Double BOA Zoom X BOA version.
Adjustability: It’s got a way to really dial out your upper and lower in a pretty easy fashion for a traditional lace boot. The traditional laces are not sexy like speed lace or BOA but they will lock and provide excellent upper and lower adjustability. We like the little plastic lock that is attached to the top of the bottom laces. It saves time and secures the lower laces
Flex Retention: We’d like to see articulation similar to the Nike Zoom DK because this type of design usually doesn’t hold it’s flex. That being said this boot is very stiff at first but after a bit of riding it wears down to a medium feel.
Response: Pretty quick edge to edge and it powered my NS Cobra edge to edge without issues.
Traction: Very good traction walking across the ice patches in the parking lot but it doesn’t seem like the best deep snow hiker.
Shock Absorption: Lots of cush under foot and I like this. Those who want a
Footprint: The profile and footprint is much larger than the Kaiju but it’s warmer.There are many boots out there that are much smaller so this isn’t a top choice if you are between binding or board sizes and want to size down.
On & Off Ease: Just about as easy as it gets for traditional lacing. This still doesn’t compete with speed lace or BOA but it’s not bad at all.
The Zoom Force is a solid boot and should be considered when if you want a stiffer ultra responsive well fitting boot. Not much has changed from 2011 to 2012 except the addition of the warming blanket that is in the Kaiju but that is expected since this is such a new boot. Not sure if a warming blanket is worth it since we can’t say for sure if we felt anything from it anyways. The 2013 and 2014 are almost the same as well.