Hello and welcome to my DC Mutiny snowboard boots review.
In this review I will take a look at the Mutiny as freestyle snowboard boots.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Mutiny a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other freestyle boots.
Boots: DC Mutiny
Price: $229 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: Casual All-Mountain
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel: Medium-Soft (3.5/10)
Rating Score: 87.8/100
Compared to other Freestyle Boots
Out of the 35 freestyle boots that I rated:
Overview of the Mutiny’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Mutiny’s specs and available sizes.
Freestyle or Casual All-Mountain
Who are the Mutiny Most Suited to?
The Mutiny is a great option for anyone who prefers a softer flexing boot - whether for playful freestyle riding or casual all-mountain riding.
Pairs best with softer flexing boards.
Also a great option for beginners.
The Mutiny in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Mutiny are capable of.
Boots: DC Mutiny 2020
Size: 10 (US Men's Sizing)
Date: January 18, 2021
Sunny as! And no wind. Perfect visibility.
Quite hot with atll that sunshine.
24 hour snow: 7cm (3")
7 day snow: 16cm (6")
On groomer: Hard pack. Hard but not icy except in the occasional patch. Got softer as the day went on.
Off groomer: Very much like on-groomer.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Board Demoed With: Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker 2021
Bindings Demoed With: Burton Malavita 2017
Outersole Length: 31.0cm (mondo 28cm)
Difference between Mondo & Outersole: 3cm
Backstay Height: 29cm
Rider Weight: 175lbs (79kg)
Boot Weight: 1000 grams*
* Average of a sample of boots I weighed was 1006 grams, so basically bang on the average. Heaviest were 1320 grams and lightest were 740 grams.
They felt really soft to me. Initially when trying on, I thought they felt like a 3, but after riding I could get them to a 3.5, maybe bordering on a 4. But to me they definitely didn't feel even close to the 6/10 rating that they have.
Width: They felt pretty normal width-wise. Maybe just bordering on mid-wide. Wider than the Salomon Launch I also rode that day, but nowhere near as wide as my test boots (Tactical ADV).
True to Size?: When I first put these on (prior to heat molding) I didn't think they would fit me. They felt very tight - mostly on the top of the foot but very snug for the toes too. Toes weren't squished against the end length-wise - they were just brushing, which is good, but the tops of the feet and tops of the toes were borderline. No real wiggle room for the toes.
Thought for sure that the 10.5 would be the better bet. But after heat molding, the fit improved a lot. Still on the snugger side of comfortable, but wearable.
When I got them up to the resort for testing and put them on again, I was again wondering if they were too small. But after the walk from the carpark to the lift they started to feel better and after the first run, they were even better.
For testing purposes, I think the 10.5 would perhaps have been better, but I think if I was to buy them I might tough out the 10. Being a softer boot, it wouldn't take as long as a stiffer boot to become the perfect fit, I would say.
I'm typically a 10, so I would say true-to-size bordering on running 1/2 size small.
High or Low Arch: As above, there was a lot of pressure on the top of my feet (particularly my right foot - my left foot is quite flat and my right foot has a higher arch). That was a lot better after heat molding and better again after riding. I don't have particularly high arches though (even in my right foot), so someone with high arches might find this a little too tight on the tops of their feet.
My stomp test, testing against my test boots (Tactical ADV) revealed really good shock absorption in these boots. Not quite to the Tactical ADV level - but those things are like clouds - but still really good. And the Mutiny have awesome board feel too (something the Tactical ADV aren't great for), so they have it both ways.
On snow, that shock absorption was evident and noticeably better than the Salomon Launch I also rode that day. Still not Tactical ADV level, but really good nonetheless.
As alluded to above, the board feel on these boots is really really good. Up there with the best I've tested.
Not as good for getting really deep on carves as my test boots (Tactical ADV) but really good for maneuverability at slower speeds - better for that than my test boots.
These are just standard traditional lace boots. Nothing fancy going in there - but that's a good thing, when it comes to adjustability. Can easily individually tighten and loosen different sections of the boot.
There's nothing that makes it easy to re-tighten the liner without loosening the outer boot (like a BOA that works on the liner for example) and nothing like a heel hold kit, or tongue stiffeners for flex adjustment, so not full marks for adjustability, but really really good in terms of getting the right fit across the boot.
As mentioned in the fit section above, toes and tops of foot there was some pressure in there. Otherwise very comfortable on shins and calves etc. Was a bit of a relief to get them off the tops of my feet when I first tried them on and left a good red mark on tops of both feet.
But after heat molding and then again after riding, they progressively got more comfortable and that pressure got less and less.
And no cramping or anything like that when riding, which is a big part of it.
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There is some lift there, but didn't really notice it when riding. That heel lift is pretty minimal and certainly wasn't a concern for me.
They're not bulky, but not low profile either. Right in the middle. If you had to go 1/2 size up to fit in them, then they would be on the bulky side.
Sole actually looks pretty decent, which surprised me for the price. There's some rubber in there and there's a good variety of tred pattern and reasonable tred depth too.
Getting my foot in was pretty normal. A little tight getting in initially but that's typical of most boots.
There's a strap at the top of the liner, which is an extra step (but a good extra step to have that strap, IMO) and being traditional lace, not super fast/easy to get on and off, but once you're used to it, it's not a biggie.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Just a really fun, soft, playful freestyle boot, that let's you feel the board really nicely, but somehow achieves that elusive board feel/shock absorption combination - basically the ultimate of what you want out of a freestyle boot.
And really well priced to boot (pun intended!). Softer boots are typically cheaper, but DC rate this a 6/10 flex, so they don't rate it as a softer boot! Traditional Lace is typically cheaper too, but even for a trad lace boot of this quality, it's a really good price for what you get (so long as you're not looking for a 6/10 flexing boot and not looking to use it for hard charging).
Some prefer a stiffer boot, even for freestyle riding, but if you like em soft, these are just awesome boots - and aren't bad looking either (though that's of course in the eye of the beholder).
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to see how the Mutiny compared to other freestyle boots, or want to check out some other options, check out the link below.