Like you and I your boots have a certain life span. Albeit one that is far shorter than ours and this being such we will go through many boots in our shred lives. Some will have long lasting lives which are bountiful with powder days while others will go the quick route to shred suicide and blow their inner workings out after a few short days. So what can you expect to happen to your boot during its lifespan?
Much like developing osteoporosis the structural integrity of your boots will only decrease from the first day that you use them. In years past the typical life span for any boot was about 100 days give or take how rough you were, now it’s something like 50 days. Which makes sense, make a boot that needs to be replaced every season or couple seasons depending on how many days a year you ride.
Typical things to expect are seams blowing, back spines snapping, random creases, treads wearing out. Not so typical things to expect boot funk of death (seriously I had a boot that smelled so bad if my dog went near it his fur would raise up and he would growl at it), random explosion of the shell resulting in superior foot ventilation, or my personal favorite the sole falling off (yes I’ve seen this happen on more than a few occasions with various boot makers).
Here’s some photos of what the death of a boot looks like.
Yes that is my Boa Harness trying to make an escape for it.
During the spring boots start molting.
Somewhere along the lines the internal Boa decided to explode on me and become worthless
Creases are so much fun. Broken back spines just mean better tweakability.
Tread is so over rated, seriously who needs grip?
Due to the fact I fear for my life with taking the liner out of the boot you won’t see the aftermath of that. But with 210 days (yeah I know long past their prime, replacements that were promised didn’t come through) these things have seen their fair share of abuse. So if you’re starting to think your boots just aren’t cutting it, do yourself a favor and go buy some new ones cause chances are they’re dead.