Black Diamond Method Boots – Production Version Unboxed

Post by blogger | October 23, 2008      

WildSnow blogger Dave has been on pins and needles for the last month thinking our production pair of Black Diamond Method boots was going to arrive in December. Lo and behold, we get them today! For now, all I can say is these shoes definitely follow suit to other amazingly high quality offerings this year we’re seeing from the other boot makers. Beautiful design and craftsmanship. All sorts of reviews coming, stay tuned.

Black Diamond Method Boots

Dave's first look at the Methods, he almost passed out.

Black Diamond Method boots

First thing to check was how they mated with Dynafit binding, as this was an issue with the pre-production testers we had. They look fine. We'll be trying these with our Dynafit FT12 bindings -- should be fun so long as no one ripps a leg off.

Black Diamond Method boots

In the box for the last time? They smell snow, they were speaking to us, saying, go to the mountains man, and get their good tidings. Or at least that's what I heard. Dave probably heard something like - go to the mountains young man, and huck a cliff.

According to pundits the Method has shipped and is available in stores. You can shop for ’em here.
As for our take, like I said, stay tuned.


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10 Responses to “Black Diamond Method Boots – Production Version Unboxed”

  1. dave downing October 23rd, 2008 10:47 pm

    i’m psyched to get to keep skiing a real boot now with dynafits. looking to lose about 1 pound per foot!

  2. Mike S October 24th, 2008 2:04 pm

    That setup looks great – BD Method + FT 12s + Manaslus . I look forward to hearing how it skis for you.

    I asked BD about punching out the Method (my feet are wide) and they thought it was fine provided it was done by skilled fitter and extra care was taken if punching around where the different shell materials are bonded.

  3. Douglas October 24th, 2008 2:55 pm

    Possible to get a quick synopsis, initial impression of the Method from time spent on it last season? In the process of trying to make a boot buying decision…
    Cheers, Doug

  4. Chris October 24th, 2008 8:02 pm

    im a little chocked at BD i got my Factors the other day and they wont have the Dynafite soles now until January and stores and me wont have them till mid January or early February looks like i will be putting the frichis on the new skies..

  5. Dan Thuente October 25th, 2008 7:45 am

    Black Diamond told me that the ISO alpine soles for my Methods and my Methods 28.5 would be available the first week of december. I hope it is not January.

  6. Dave October 26th, 2008 2:33 pm

    BD told me that the AT sole blocks would be available the first week in november

  7. Kent November 3rd, 2008 3:02 pm

    Dave – are you able to compare the fit of the Methods to a Garmont boot like the Radium?

  8. Chris December 15th, 2008 6:52 pm

    I just want to give you my little review,

    BD Factors rock!!!! I have now spent, 5 days touring in them and they work well in the walk mode, there a little heavy but they are very comfortable. I can say that for me they are the most comfortable boots I have had out of the box. Other then molding the liner I have done nothing to them and still no blisters.

    Now the best part of these boots is how they ski on the way down. growing up racing and then switching to competitive freestyle and big mountain riding, i am used to real stiff, boots that are really forward. I can say that with out a drought that the Factors compete with any downhill free ride boot on the market, they are stiff in every direction and have great edge grip when ripping the big gs turns. I took them out today on Whistler/Blackcomb and even with some wide soft skies i was able to hold it together on the boiler plate is that was out there in spots. Having used my Lange 120s (the baby blue lange) for the last few years doing mainly big mountain free riding after today they are going to hung up and I will be using the factors for every thing now from touring to sled skiing to big mountain, an even in the park.. the final test will just be if a light free ride boot (compared to most DH free ride boots) can last the test of time.

  9. Chris December 15th, 2008 6:58 pm

    edit for my last post, I am talking about the BD factor not method,

    and some info on me

    I have been skiing for 20 years now. started out skiing with the family then got into racing when I was about 6-7 raced all through High school. when I was about 10 my dad started to get me and my brother into back country skiing and touring. this was great and by the time i was 12 i was still racing but also competing in free skiing events and mainly charging big mountain type terrain. this is were i find my self skiing most of the time now. most of my tours are short 1-2 day trips usually having one objective line.

    If i was to compare myself to a big name skier i wold say that I look up to Chris Davenport and his style of ski mountaineering/ big mountain skiing

  10. Lou December 15th, 2008 7:08 pm

    edited for you Chris. Lou

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