Hello and welcome to my K2 Orton snowboard boots review.
In this review I will take a look at the Orton as all-mountain snowboard boots.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Orton a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain boots.
Boots: K2 Orton
Price: $399 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Stiff (8/10)
Flex Feel: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 85.3/100
Compared to other All-Mountain Boots
Out of the 30 all-mountain boots that I rated:
Overview of the Orton’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Orton's specs and available sizes.
Double Boa (independent upper and lower sections)
Who are the Orton Most Suited to?
The Orton are best suited to anyone looking for a high quality boot that's slightly stiffer than average and performs a little better when riding fast and leaning into carves than it does for slower riding, but still rides well enough at slow speeds.
It's the kind of boot that doesn't disappoint in any area, except in the fact that it's a longer than typical on the outsole, so not as suitable for those looking for a low profile boot.
Should be fine for any solid intermediate rider and up, but not for beginners or even lower intermediate riders, IMO, unless you're physically a bigger rider or quite strong/athletic.
The Orton in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Orton are capable of.
Boots: K2 Orton 2023
Size: 10 (US Men's Sizing)
Date: January 16, 2023
Snowing. Visibility wasn't unlimited but it wasn't whiteout or anything. I'd say 75%.
Bit of wind at times - up to 15mph (25kph), but then settled to more like 6mph (10kph).
Temp: 30°F (-1°C).
24 hour snow: 9" (24cm)
48 hour snow: 13" (33cm)
7 day snow: 14" (35cm)
On groomer: Was nice to start with well groomed soft packed groomers with a good layer of ungroomed fresh on top. Got pretty tracked and messy later in the day.
Off groomer: Really nice. Good pow. Not the lightest, driest powder ever, but not super heavy/wet either.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Board Demoed With: YES Greats
Bindings Demoed With: Union Falcor
Outersole Length: 31.3cm (mondo 28cm)
Difference between Mondo & Outersole: 3.3cm
Backstay Height: 11.1" (28.2cm)
Weight: 2lbs 8oz (1120 grams)*
* Average of a sample of around 50 boots I've weighed was 1028g (2lbs 4oz), so the Orton were marginally heavier than the average, but pretty close to average weight. Heaviest I've weighed were 2lbs 15oz (1320g) and lightest were 1lb 8oz (680g).
I felt they were 7/10 flex pushing 7.5/10 flex.
Width: Widest part of foot was snug, but no pressure, so a good for me width-wise. I would say it's a medium fit when comparing to other boots - and with my foot being average width for its length, they were a really good fit for me width-wise.
True to Size?: When first riding, I felt like they were a little on the too tight side but after heat molding and riding in them, I feel like they were probably going to pack out to be a touch too big.
A good amount of room for toes length-wise. Plenty of room on top of toes as well, which is always nice. And width for toes was good too - just enough wiggle room.
They were just right for testing but might have packed out to be a shade too big over time. Probably would have been alright, but the 9.5 might have been the better bet for me in the long run. A 9.75 would've been perfect! So bordering on a running a little big.
High or Low Arch: Snug on the top of my feet but no major pressure. When I first tried them on my right foot (which has a higher arch) the top of my foot there was a bit of a pressure point, but that's typical for me with most boots. This went away pretty quickly after heat molding and riding in them.
Around Ankles: No noticeable pressure points around ankles but pretty snug.
Quickness of turns at slow speeds: Noticeably harder to turn at slower speeds versus my control boots (Tactical ADV) - not worlds apart, but noticeable.
Carving/Higher Speeds: I found for higher speed carves and generally at higher speeds, I felt the Orton performed better than the Tactical ADV. Really nice for carving in.
They were about the same as in my control boots. A little bit of heel lift, but nothing major. Nothing that would hold me back from owning these boots.
Complete upper/lower section separation from the two BOAs. Front BOA tightens the 4 cables on the shin of the tongue. Side BOA tightens the cables on the top of the foot. No overlap - so you get that full separation.
There's nothing else special about the adjustability of these boots, but having that upper and lower separation is great.
No major pressure points anywhere for me - and overall I found them a nice and comfortable boot.
Good amount of shock absorption on landings, without being epic or anything. Absorbs chatter well too.
The quality looks real nice. There's a large rubber content in there too. Good variety of flex pattern and tread depth is medium.
The Orton's are bulkier than normal. From all the boots I've measured the average difference between outersole and mondo of the boot is just under 3cm (2.93cm). The Orton has a 3.3cm difference. Not the longest I've measured but longer than average. If I could've squeezed into a 9.5, which is a possiblity, then it would be just under an average 10 for me.
When I first put them on it was super hard to get my feet in. Really wasn’t sure I was going to get it in at all! But after heat molding and riding it was much easier. Still took some effort to get my feet in, but noticeably easier than the first time.
Liner has Velcro on two sides of inside of top part of liner to keep it together and also has a velrco strap for the top part of the liner. Attacking that from two points. So feels very secure around shins. That is a little bit of extra time, but well worth it for that secure feeling.
Liner is on the stiffer side and has this spine that runs down the shin area of the liner, which means it takes a little more effort to get tight than a softer liner.Otherwise pretty standard, with a pretty typical liner harness and double BOA.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Orton is a very versatile boot that can work with a wide variety of boards and riders. Everything about this boot is above average - and overall that makes for a very good, well-rounded boot, without weaknesses (unless you need a low profile boot).
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Orton, are ready to buy or want to research current prices and sizing availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Orton compared to other all-mountain boots, or want to check out some other options, check out the link below.
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