Hello and welcome to my K2 Maysis review.
In this review I will take a look at the Maysis as all-mountain snowboard boots.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Maysis a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain boots.
Boots: K2 Maysis
Price: $329 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (8/10)
Flex Feel: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 82.1/100
Compared to other All-Mountain Boots
Out of the 30 all-mountain boots that I rated:
Overview of the Maysis’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Maysis's specs and available sizes.
Single Boa Outer with internal boa
Who are the Maysis Most Suited to?
The Maysis are a great option for anyone looking for a stiffer than medium boot but not something that's ultra-stiff - something with still a bit of forgiveness - for all-mountain riding.
Even better for someone looking for something with more response than the average boot, but at a lower price tag than you'd normally find for this level of flex/performance, if you can get past the lack of adjustability.
Not for beginners - too stiff for that, but anyone from Intermediate, looking for a reasonably priced mid-stiff boot, it's a really good option, IMO.
The Maysis in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Maysis are capable of.
Boots: K2 Maysis 2020
Size: 10 (US Men's Sizing)
Date: February 10, 2020
Conditions: Sunny first thing, with some clouds later. But good visibility all day.
Quite cold. Not much wind, but what wind there was, was cold.
Hard packed on groomer with the occasional icy patch, but only in the shade and not many spots.
Off groomer a little crunchy in places but fine in other spots.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Board Demoed With: Rossignol One LF 2018
Bindings Demoed With: Burton Malavita 2017
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10
Outersole Length: 31.2cm (mondo 28cm)
Difference between Mondo & Outersole: 3.2cm
Backstay Height: 29.7cm
Weight: 960 grams*
* Average of a sample of boots I weighed was 1006 grams, so a little lighter than the average, but pretty close to average. Heaviest were 1320 grams and lightest were 740 grams.
The feel stiffer than medium to me for sure, but certainly not ultra stiff. There's still some forgiveness there. Around 7/10 is the feel I got from the Maysis.
Width: Medium. Not for wider than average feet, I wouldn't say, but not overly narrow either.
True to Size?: Bordering on running 1/2 size too large. I was fine in the 10 (and I normally ride a 10), but I suspect that a 9.5 would be the better option if I was to buy these boots. 10 was good for the time I tested them, but once they broke in further, I feel they could potentially have packed out a little too much. So borderline true-to-size, borderline 1/2 size large.
High or Low Arch: Average
Good bit of energy in these boots in terms of response. Vs my test boots (Vans Aura) and the Salomon Dialogue Boa that I also rode the same day, I felt like the Maysis had more power for carves - being able to hold them deeper.
Not quite as good in terms of maneuverability at slower speeds, but not too bad there either.
Really good heel hold. That internal boa does a really good job locking the heel into the pocket.
At first, I felt like the harness that the boa tightens sat a bit low down the foot and could have centered higher around the ankle, but after riding for a bit and adjusting the internal boa (which is nice and easy to do on the fly), I found the heel hold really good, without pressure points. Very minimal heel lift.
Even though it looks like a double boa system to the naked eye, one of those boas works on the liner harness. So there's just one boa for tightening the whole of the outer boot. So you don't get that adjustability between the lower and upper section of the outer boot, which is the biggest downside of these boots.
The boa that controls the liner harness is something I really liked though, and something I like on other boots too. It allows you to adjust the liner tightness and, in partucularly the heel hold on the fly - without having to first loosen the outer boot. So, it gets some points back for that.
A really comfortable boot all round. Minimal pressure and feels nice and plush.
A good amount of chatter and shock absorption. Not epic, but really as much as most would need.
The board feel is OK. Not as good as the Aura - or the Salomon Dialogue that I also rode that day, but not bad.
The sole feels and looks high quality. Not a large amount of tread depth, but the quality seemed really good - and for the price point of the boot, that's a real bonus.
They're not super bulky, but they're not low profile either. A little longer than the average boot of the same mondo, IMO. If you can go 1/2 size smaller than you normally would (and I suspect that I would if I bought these), then getting them 1/2 size smaller will mean a smaller boot for you than the average boot in your normal size.
Really easy to get in and out of. There's not much to have to deal with. There's a couple of bits of velcro for the top of the liner - and then it's just a matter of tightening liner boa and the outer boa. Easy enough to get foot in and out too.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Maysis offer great performance for price. If you can get past the lack of outer boot adjustability, you can get a great quality, higher performance boot for a really reasonable price, IMO.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to see how the Maysis compared to other all-mountain boots, or want to check out some other options, check out the link below.