N/Awrote a review of Ride Insano Focus Boa Snowboard Boot - Men's on September 27, 2010
So, I spent approx 65 days on this boot last season. The 40 day mark is a pretty significant point for me with any pair of boots, as that's usually how many days I get out of a pair of boots before it's time to get another pair. I was stoked to reach day 40 on the Insano as I knew I hadn't even come close to wearing them out.
The Fit: I usually wear a 10-10.5 and I ended up in a 10 in the Insano. I had the typical growing pains the first 5-8 days I rode the boots until the packed out some. After that I was good to go and I didn't see much more pack out through the first 40 days. I have a pretty normal foot as far as width goes, the only problem I have is a slightly high arch.
The Flex: Holy F*cking Stiff to start out! This is by far one of the stiffest boots I've had on my feet. It was a bit difficult to get used to at first, but they broke in quick and after about 10-12 days they felt just a little bit stiffer then the FUL boots feels out of the box.
* Dream Liner (same as the RFL)
* Dual Zone Boa!
Ok... I have not been the biggest fan of BOA. I was around when Vans & K2 first started putting it on boots back in 2001/2002 and every couple of years I've given the technology another chance only to be let down, But I'm official sold on BOA now with the Insano.
I was actually challenged to try to break the BOA, so I did everything I could within reason to break these boots. The BOA reels and cables are working just as well now as they did when I took them out of the box. At first I did feel a little bit of pressure with the plastic squares that the upper and lower zone both thread through, but the intuition liner did break in around that spot on the boots and it went away after about 10 days. Other than that I didn't have any discomfort or pressure points.
These boots have been great, comfortable, responsive & reliable. The huge thing for me is that they're still performing after 65 days! I usually have to get a new pair of boots when I hit the 40 day mark as they are just soft, mushy with little to no response left in them. Not only did I make it to 65, but I'm confident that I can keep riding them to start the 10/11 season and make it to 100 without any loss of performance or issues with the BOA.
If you're like me and you destroy boots and want something that is going to last, I highly suggest taking a look at these. If you are still on the fence about BOA, these are worth looking at as I was unable to break any part of the BOA system in 65 days of riding them in Utah.