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Northwave Devine SL 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Northwave Devine SL boot is an all mountain boot suited for an intermediate to expert rider. It has a stiffer responsive flex, without being super uncomfortable right out of the box. The speed lace system is great, and it comes with neoprene outer lining near the toes to help moisture stay out.
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Size Tried: Women’s 8
Riders: Steph & Paige
Bindings: Union Milan
Fit/Sizing: Runs 1/2 size smaller so it fits closer to a 7 1/2 foot. Has a little more narrow of a toe box as well than other boots. The boot is more narrow and a little longer than my normal 7 1/2 boot that I’ve tried.
Comfort: I found the Northwave Devine SL boots to be surprisingly comfortable out of the box. I was able to ride them all day without getting too much foot fatigue on day 1.
Turn Initiation: Fast turning with the Devine SL. They have a pretty stiff flex that keeps the boot responsive. But with the stiff flex, I was still able to flex my shin towards my ankle so it was a little forgiving. When flexing my foot upwards, I felt the boot was really responsive.
Shock Absorption: I felt like these boots had decent shock absorption. I did ride them in pretty good conditions and soft snow though.
Heel Hold: The heel hold comes mainly from the way the liner is shaped, and the lace on the inner liner. My foot stayed in place fairly well. I liked how the inner liner laces come all the way up to the top of the liner. I feel like this helped keep my foot in place as well.
Adjustability: The Devine SL have dual speed laces that allow you to dial in the top and the bottom of the boot differently. The power strap also adds adjustability preferences.
Traction: Good rubber traction on this boot with a nice tread pattern that didn’t slip around on me.
On & Off Ease: Once the boot breaks in and relaxes this will be much easier. The stiff flex makes it a little difficult at first. But the quick speed lace system is fast to release, and the inner liner is pretty easy as well.
Overall: The Northwave Devine SL boot would be good for an intermediate to expert rider looking for a stiffer flexing boot. The Devine rides well all mountain but I would even ride park in these boots. They would give you a lot of support for bigger jumps and even half pipe. The speed lace system is great, I like how the wheels keep the friction to a minimum and the locking mechanism helps a lot. They are also really comfortable out of the box so that’s a huge plus. Just make sure to size up a 1/2 size and you should be fine.
The Northwave Devine SL snowboard boots are a well-made all-mountain boot that will last you many seasons of charging any terrain. With a medium flex, this boot is great for riders of all abilities. The tread on the bottom of the boot is rugged enough to allow you to keep your footing even on hard pack snow, yet doesn’t weigh the boot down.
The lacing system of this boot makes its stand out of the crowd. Northwave snowboarding boot possess an impressive speed lacing system unlike anything I have come across before – The Superlace Closure System. This lacing technology allows you to adjust your boot in two separate parts via laces that run through a miniature pulley system. While other speed lacing systems on the market rely on friction to hold the laces in place, this system is frictionless. Instead, the laces are held in place by a secure clamp at the top of the boot. This eliminates the laces ability to slip, allowing your boot to stay nice and tight all day long. This allows you to focus on what is important, your riding, instead of constantly readjusting all day. The closure system also boasts a beefy power strap that lets you customize your fit even more.
One thing to note about this boot is that the footprint runs a bit larger. I compared the Northwaves to my Vans Ferra Pro (also a size 8) and they were about an inch longer. This could be beneficial to riders with smaller feet looking to gain some size to be able to fit into bindings better.
The Northwave boots could be a great option for any rider looking to ride all over the mountain and looking to try out an innovative lacing system that provides comfort and confidence.
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