The Ivy and Kiana are two great boots from Salomon. Both have an all-mountain design and feature the easy convenience of the Boa lacing system.
The Ivy is a little softer and is great for beginner to intermediates or more advanced riders looking for that soft skate like feel for freestyle. While the Kiana is a bit stiffer and is more of a true all-mountain boot giving great stability and comfort for riders of all levels.
Both have liners that are machine washable and feature a velcro like cats tongue material in the heel to grip your socks. The liners are given a level of padding for comfort and warmth and although both are heat moulded the Kiana, which has a Halo3 liner, contains multi density foam throughout. Whereas the Ivy, which has the Halo2 liner, only has foam in selected zones.
The same goes for the orthopedic foot bed with the Kiana featuring the Otholite3 and the Ivy with the Otholite2.
These boots do have a lot of similar features with just a few key differences.
The Kiana features;
- A dual zone Boa lacing system that allows you to adjust the upper and lower boot to get that perfect custom fit.
- The Trinity profile, which is a female specific design that gives the boot a nice low profile shape.
- A medium flex, adapts to a riders style and each type of terrain.
- A plastic and rubber finish in dark navy with a hot pink sole.
The Kiana has some higher level design aspects and we would recommend this boot to anyone who does heaps of snowboarding and needs a boot that’s going to offer good support for many seasons to come.
The Ivy features;
- The single zone Boa system
- An additional inner heel lock system they call the Straight jacket. It locks over the heel for a comfortable ride with less heel lift.
- A new low profile outer sole with EVA for dampening.
- A choice of two cool looks. Leopard print over army green canvas, and a black version with brushed suede and canvas, and pastel orange / teal highlights.
Because of it’s softer flex and high level of padding, we would recommend the Ivy to women who are just starting out or like a looser boot for the park.