Expert Review: K2 Maysis Wide Snowboard Boots · 2022Published on 07/28/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the boots, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Brett Kretzer
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the boots, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
The K2 Maysis Snowboard Boots are a good, all-mountain pair of boots that provide the ability to get into some free-riding and backcountry. They’re ideal for intermediate to advanced riders.
About the boots I own
- Model: 2022 K2 Maysis
- Size: 9
- Lacing type: Double BOA
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 130 lbs
- Street shoe size: 9
- Foot shape: Regular
- Experience: 15+ years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: February 2022
- Days tested: 15 days
- Board: Jones Frontier 2022
- Bindings: Union Force
- Where I’ve used it: Vermont and Colorado
- Terrain: Frozen granular, groomers, powder, backcountry, trees, moguls, spring conditions
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for some pretty stiff, responsive snowboard boots that I could also use for hiking in the backcountry. The soft boots I have been using were great for freestyle and park riding, but I wanted something that could improve my riding on free-riding terrain.
Why I chose this gear
I had heard a lot of great things about K2 boots, specifically about comfort and durability. I considered re-buying my Burton Motos, but I wanted something stiffer; the K2 Maysis seemed like the perfect stiff-leaning happy medium.
What I love about it
- Size: These boots run pretty true to size. I wear a nine street shoe and a nine in the K2 Maysis.
- Comfort: So far so good! I don’t have any complaints about comfort. The double BOA design took a little getting used to for me, but it has allowed me to dial in a perfect fit better than any previous system I’ve used.
- Warmth: They are average (or above average) compared to a typical, non-heated boot. As far as I know, they lack insulation material that reflects body heat, which makes them a little warmer.
- Heel hold: K2’s BOA Conda System features a plastic cup inside the boot driven by the side BOA wheel, which holds my heel down and back inside the boot.
- Shock absorption: The soles of the boots are thick and rugged and seem to be working great so far. I don’t have any complaints about shock absorption, but I haven’t taken them on any huge jumps.
- Responsiveness: The 7/10 stiffness of this boot makes them quite responsive.
- Grip (outsoles): The outsoles on these boots are fantastic. They're basically like a rugged hiking boot.
- Durability: The soles seem incredibly durable, and only time will tell for the uppers. All of the materials making up the boot’s exterior are rubber reinforced to extend the life of the boot.
- Weight: These are a sleek and lightweight pair of boots. K2’s Endo construction has eliminated a lot of unnecessary material, lightening up this boot significantly.
- Versatility (riding style/terrain): They are super versatile for someone who is looking to ride terrain in the realm of steep, sidecountry, backcountry, and powder. However, I wouldn’t recommend them for jibbing in the park.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Ease of use: The double BOA system makes these boots easy to lace up and adjust. My only complaint is that I wish the inner liner had a drawstring. It has two flaps that lay over and velcro to the tongue, and it’s hard to get the inner liner tight. This issue is mostly resolved when you tighten the BOA laces, but the fit just feels a little awkward to me if I don’t get the inner liner right.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite characteristic of these boots is that they are great for hiking too. I hiked with them two miles into the backcountry and another half-mile up a glacier. They hiked so well that I went back up for three more runs. I’m super happy that these boots are comfortable and versatile enough to get out of the resort and onto the trail.
Value for the money vs. other options
These boots do offer some savings, although not much. They are a similar boot to the Burton Photons (in quality, stiffness, and lacing system) and will save someone about $70. I don’t think it is easy to find a high-quality, advanced boot like this for much cheaper.
The K2 Maysis is for the rider who doesn’t spend much time jibbing in the park, but wants an all-around resort boot that can charge hard, turn quick, and even hold its own in the backcountry.