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Gear Review

3 5

First Snowboarding Boot

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to say I was really excited about these boots, they were very minimalistic and they had the BOA like system for tying my shoes, which was really important to me. That latter feature was really brought my expectations down.

After strapping in and tying everything really tight, then taking it on two lift runs I found that the laces/strings, were already coming loose. This was a re-occurring theme every 3 lifts. To have to continue tightening your boots is a inconvenience.

I am used to wearing 9.5 for rental equipment, so I figured this would be the right size for me. I am not sure if it is just that my boots need to be broken in, but my pinkie toes seemed to feel the crush at the end of the day and I sometimes can't wait to peel off the boot.

I will say that the boot is very easy to take off, since the laces/ties loosen easily anyway! :) But all kidding aside, it does get the job done and poses a slight inconvenience. I ended up sticking with these boots mainly because I stupidly threw away the box, so I couldn't return them anymore.

If I was looking to buy new boots, I would go with certified BOA boots. Burton has just made their own BOA-like system here, so these aren't really like the real stuff. Spend the extra time and money to research the shoes.

Otherwise these were the cheapest boots I could find with a speed lacing system, at the time that I bought them, so I went with these. Again, I'd recommend considering investing some money in your boots, you want to get it right the first go around.