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Nitro Team TLS 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Nitro Team TLS Boot does a lot of great things and if you can get past the messy lacing system the rest is a very well thought out, very comfortable, warm and very adjustable boot with a lot of long term reliability.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size Tried: 9
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile, Sandsole Custom Insoles and the factory insole…it’s actually pretty good.
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Nitro Team Pro
Boards: Gentemstick Mantaray 156, Never Summer Proto Type Two, Yes Greats, Nitro Quiver Fury 157, Nitro Team Camber
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: 9 US
Foot Width: D bordering on E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Top of boot): 17”
Calves (Bottom of boot): 12”
Sizing/Fit/Heel Hold: The nitro Team TLS fits perfectly with my size 9’s. The boot fit’s true to size lengthwise and it felt medium to medium-wide on the sides with my D bordering on E width. It feels pretty normal and should fit most foot widths except for the very wide feet.
Lacing/Adjustability: Let’s get our only real gripe about the Nitro Team TLS out of the way right now. The lacing system was messy and a little frustrating. It all sits in the middle on top of one another and it got a bit frustrating putting them on. They were prone to tangling. All that being said I’d personally rather have this system than 2 easy BOA’s that overlap on the ankle and limit my adjustability. There was great upper and lower separation and better lacing than you normally get with most other liners out there. So Adjustability is top-notch but the usability is a bit of a mixed bag.
Comfort: Very comfortable out on day one and all it took the Nitro Team TLS was a few runs to feel comfortable inside.
Flex & Flex Retention: The overall flex is medium to medium-stiff and there is a lot of really good tech built into the boot to retain the flex. First off, the quality of construction is good. Secondly, there is a very rigid and very large backstay that looks like it will last a long time and it also protects your boot a bit from high back calf bite. Thirdly, there is a plastic insert that you can put into the toungue to preserve and or stiffen up the flex. Lastly, there is a lot of articulation in the ankle that keeps forward flexing from breaking down the material and really allows the top of the boot to wrap well around you.
Footprint: The Nitro Team TLS didn’t have much of a reduced footprint compared to my 8.5 Adidas that fits me exactly the same lengthwise. When lining them both up on the wall this was about 1 inch longer. This isn’t a real dealbreaker unless you are on the narrow side of the board you currently own or are at the bigger side of your recommended sizing in your binding. The good side is it’s very warm and very comfortable. Those that tend to crank down their ankle straps hard will find more comfort with this boot. Don’t crank down your ankle straps though.
Response/Turn Initiation: Very good response with the Nitro Team TLS and it turns most boards very well.
Shock Absorption: The shock absorption is more focused on going big like the Team riders do but it doesn’t completely neglect those who go medium to small like us. It doesn’t give as much as I’d like for slower speed but it’s very damp and reduces chatter.
Traction: Very good traction and it’s a thick layer of Vibram rubber on the bottom which holds better in different weather.
On & Off Ease: Difficult on but pretty easy off.
So, all in all, I was pretty impressed with the Nitro Team TLS. It’s been years since I’ve ridden these but they are still focusing on solid construction and making a good boot. I really liked this boot but what it did was really peak my interest in the Team Traditional Lace. Hoping to try that.
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Nitro Team TLS User Reviews
Lacing system is terrible
The lacing system just ruined these boots for me. Mid-run I could feel the laces getting looser and looser. Those three tiny plastic teeth do not work to hold the laces in place. I had to re- tie them every single run.
My last 4 boots was nitro teams, I don't really love them but Nitro makes the only shape that fits me perfectly. The TLS system is pretty unpredictable, in some case the older versions have better lacehold. The huge con for me 2 of my 4 Teams' lace loop ripped at the ankle, Nitro claimed after I wrote them a review they did better design next year but that just wasn't true.
So I would be happy with recommendations for what boots should I try on to get this exact fit with better lacing.
(Nitro already put BOA in their lower end boots this year, perhaps they'll continue to swap up in higher end)
These boots are comfy but turn to noodles
Great comfort out of the box and through the season.
Lacing system sucks and come loose often. Even with the new upgraded system (2019+)
But they soften up so badly that I can't recommend these to anybody that rides more than average. They rate the boot as an 8/10. It ends up being a 2/10 after not a lot of days.