The Slingshot Jewel Boot is a product that I have wanted to try for the last few seasons, but for some reason I just haven’t. I was recently given the opportunity to ride in a pair of the NEW 2014 Slingshot Jewel Boots, and I was not disappointed. I have exceptionally small feet, or so I have been told (ladies 5.5 or kids 3.5/4…but it really is almost to the point that I could ride with children’s boots if only I were actually the height and weight of a real child and a kid’s boot would actually support me and my style of riding. To get to the point, it is difficult for me to find wakeboard bindings that fit both my feet and riding style. Sloppy fitting boots have never done anybody any good. I tried out the Jewel Boots in a size 6.
When I first put the 2014 Slingshot Jewel Boots on, I was impressed with the fit. They felt secure around my entire foot, and I felt almost no heel slippage which is something I always check for in a boot fitting. I can only imagine how awesome these boots would feel after utilizing the heat shaping liners that Slingshot offers. There is nothing quite like a custom-fit boot!
Lacing the 2014 Slingshot Jewel Boots up was a cinch. The 2014 model offers a new hybrid strap and lace closure system. This means that there is a lace + toggle on the top of the foot and a replaceable velcro strap around the ankle. I was nervous about the velcro at first, but I found that I could get these boots to be as tight as I needed them to be. I felt as if all my major foot/ankle support zones were covered, and I was ready to go.
After strapping in to the 2014 Slingshot Jewel Boots on my 2013 Slingshot Kine (I will have to try the new 2014 Slingshot Windsor later!), I hopped into our brisk 54 degree Oregonian water (in my O’Neill wetsuit, of course) and waited for the boat to start. The boots performed exactly how I expected them to. My entire setup was super responsive thanks to the baseless feature of the Slingshot Jewel Boots, my landings were super soft, and the Slingshot Jewel Boots offered a great amount of support.
Other aspects…mounting these boots to my Slingshot Wakeboard was nearly effortless. The boots are designed well for the board, and they do come with hardware that allow you to mount them to other wakeboards if you aren’t quite ready to make the switch to a Slingshot Wakeboard. These boots are also cute, and as much as I will tell you and anybody else that I don’t care what my setup looks like, I am almost always lying because deep down I do care. I think these boots look great, and they looked pretty darn good on my 2013 Slingshot Kine Wakeboard…I also think they look especially nice on the 2014 Slingshot Pearl Wakeboard, which also happens to have my favorite graphic in the entire 2014 Slingshot Wakeboard lineup. I truly think any girl would be stoked to have these boots on their wakeboard. I definitely look forward to using these boots more in the future!