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Northwave are not a brand I know much about. I bought these boots in resort as my old ones just weren't up to the job anymore.
Of all the boots I tried on in the shops, these fit the best, seemed to give the best support and the lacing system seemed really quick and easy to use.
The flex rating is 8. These boots are nice and stiff. Very supportive but do not cut off the blood supply like some really stiff boots do. The super lace closure system allows you to separately tighten the lower laces and the upper laces making for a better custom fit. The super lace closure feature is not quite as convenient as the dual boa system found on many other boots - my friends have the boa system, and they definitely win in speed of adjustment, however they seem to be easier to over tighten, a problem I did not encounter with my boots.
When boarding, my feet and ankles felt snug, protected and warm. There is absolutely no heel lift. The stiffness allows for easier control and accurate turns with minimal effort. I'm an all mountain girl and I find these boots do a great job all round from park to powder.
Although the flex is very stiff, I find these boots forgiving and have not suffered any shin ache during or after use or any blisters at all.
I am a size 8, and have found that other boots make my feet look HUGE with adjustment needed to female specific bindings to accommodate this, including a fair amount of overhang on female specific boards. These boots made my feet look small and feminine (a real novelty). They look narrow and short in the foot without feeling like that on the inside. They also fit very well with female specific bindings, without as much overhang.
The boots are very light and easy to walk in. The lacing system allows quick release of tension to ensure relaxing après ski and uninhibited dancing on the tables!
I tried on many, many boots before settling on this pair, and there really is no substitute to trying on a variety of boots to find a perfect fit.
The Devine SL by Northwave is the high performance queen of all Northwave boots / Features: Super Lace Closure / 540 Heel Hold System / Hypershock Sole / TF3 Liner / Flex: 8