Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Bjying sample equipment is never a good idea, it's not like it's a sample t-shirt or socks. The reason those boots samples are marked not for resale is because a lot of the time these are sales samples used for visual reference only and not constructed to the functional riding standards that production quality boots are. Sometimes materials are painted instead of using true colorfast material, etc. just to show what the boot will look like. There's always great deals out there on closeout snow product and it is always worth buying true production quality product even it costs a little more it will be worth it in the long run.
just wanted to share my experience I've made with the boot with the community.
I've bought a demo boot for 2009/2010 end of March 2009. The boot contains a label "China Sample - Not for Resale - Made in China". I was a little bit skeptical, but the dealer here in Vancouver convinced me, that the materials used where at least the same standard as the actual model next year would be. Alright, so I bought the boot - a nice Vans Cirro, for more money than any other boot I had seen.
In total I've ridden the boot for about two weeks with following results:
* water is running in - I think between sole and "leather" - so in slushy conditions I have wet feet in no time
* one of the liners is starting to fall apart - no clue how that can happen after 2 weeks
* the right boot is severely losing its coating - I admit k2 cinch binding is hard on the boot, but my previous ones did much better
* last and least, had to get one of the boa strings untangled, because it wouldn't open any more and i couldn't get in my boot
So what do you think? Is that Vans? Is that the demo version? Or is it me?
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