Under Review: HO12 Nike Zoom KaijuBy Al Ex • Dec 11th, 2012 • Category: Features, Latest, Reviews
The only pieces of snowboard gear that still matter are goggles and boots. All the rest of this stuff is pretty damn excellentâ€”no need to review anything, unless you have a good skit idea. Boards are great, bindings are great, wet underwear ainâ€™t a thing (none of your business). The only real day-enders are fogged goggles or bad boots. If I canâ€™t see, I canâ€™t do my signature no-grab straight airs with confidence. And though Iâ€™m probably like in the top five of toughest dudes ever, Iâ€™m done dealing with dead toenails or my foot falling asleep from cut-off circulation. Fuck that shit.
I told Brooke I wasnâ€™t going to comment on these Nike Kaijuâ€™s until I had sufficient time in them. Todd Richards is comfortable telling you theyâ€™re good from his SoCal garage without even putting them on his feet, but heâ€™s one of Americaâ€™s top boarders. Iâ€™m just some dude like you. Until I ride in them, I canâ€™t say anything other than, â€œthese look like Jordan IIIâ€™s. Dude, super sick!â€
Well, you dummies, I have about 20 hours in these motherfuckers and Iâ€™m ready to tell you: they are really good.
Theyâ€™re light and pleasantly stiff. The lacing is simple and effective. None of my toenails have fallen off.
Theyâ€™re matchy-matchy with my board, showing I know a lot about high fashion. In other words: â€œdude, super sick!â€ Stoked on them.
My first day is usually pretty harsh. Muscles I havenâ€™t used for eight months ache for a couple days after returning to the snow. This year, well that happened again. Pain sites: arms knees shoulders neck. Why? God, I suck.
But from my feet: nothing. No pain! Amazing.
VERDICT: Buy these and wear these and swoop around in snow and have fun.
As for any anti-Nike snowboard purists who want to argue who gets to be in this: youâ€™re silly. Wasting your time. Itâ€™s almost 2013. Nike makes a great snowboard boot and weed is legal. Youâ€™re the sad old guy at the end of the bar, waiting to die. Alone.
Lieutenant Moron, Yobeat Seattle Bureau
*FULL DISCLOSURE: Nike pays us money for ads (though not for this review) and A-man got these boots for free.