Focus up now.
Ridden by the likes of Tim Humphreys and Mike Basich, the Flow Men's Hylite Focus Boa Snowboard Boot is ready for high-flying freestyle antics, as well as steep and deep backcountry missions. This medium-stiff boot offers plenty of response for tearing apart steep terrain, and top-notch support for sticking landings off huge kickers. The Boa Coiler closure provides dual zone lacing with the twist of two separate knobs. This allows you to fine tune the upper and lower zones independently, giving you total control of the fit and performance of the boot. Additionally, the boot touts a 3D molded toe and tongue, which offers a streamlined fit and less shell distortion.
Its 5-Feather Liner can be heat-molded for a custom fit straight out of the box. This liner has internal J-Bars for locked-in heel hold and an internal Ripper harness for a secure, comfortable fit. Plus, the liner is treated with a Silvadur antimicrobial coating to prevent nasty smelling microbes from inhabiting your boot. To absorb impact while simultaneously conforming to the natural shape of your foot, the boot features a self-molding footbed—complete with OC Kush Dampening in the forefoot and heel to soak up nasty landings and harsh chatter from high-speed riding. Additionally, the Hylite Focus Boa has a Vibram Sole with Barefoot Technology. This five-part sole enhances board feel for tons of control when you're ripping around the entire mountain.
- Stiff-flexing, quick-lacing boot that crushes all zones
- Boa closure system dials in secure comfort and fit
- Thermo-moldable liner conforms to the contours of your foot
- Liner also wicks away moisture and dries quickly
- 3D-molded tongue and toe delivers an exact, comfortable fit
- Footbed is impact-absorbing and reduces chatter
- Anti-microbial coating keeps the stink at bay
- Internal J-bars lock in the heel hold for stability
- Vibram outsole delivers sure-footed traction
- Item #FLO004E
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I got these boots late season (May) and was able to get to use them at A-Basin in some good old corn snow. Boots are pretty stiff but not so much that they are total unforgiving. Seemed great for hiking and grip. Cant wait to see how they ride in pow and touring. This is my second pair of flow boots and they seem to always run a half size bigger than advertised. Knowing this I tried a buddies on with smaller feet and ordered the correct size. If Flows quality has not decilned since my 2012 Flow Boots, you should be able to get around 100 days out of them. Only down side is they are hard to get off. The inner liner want to come out each time. But that proves the fit good, and hey, you only take them off once a day anyway!
Nice, but Narrow
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I've tried too many different boots...Burton, 32, Northwave, Nike and now Flow. This boot seemed stiff and looks to be of high quality. The inner liner lace is zonal- one for the lower foot and one for the cuff which is cool and something I haven't seen before. The dual boa is different also- one reel is specifically for the heel-hold zone, just tightens on a plastic piece just below where the ankle flexes. The other coil is for the cuff all the way to the toes. Most dual boa boots that I've seen have a lower foot zone and a cuff zone. I was pretty stoked on this boot, but it's just too narrow for my foot. I generally wear a 12.0 running shoe, 11.0 casual shoe and my snowboard boots have always ranged from a 10.0-11.0 depending on brand and model. Most recently I wore a 11.0 Burton boot. Although the length of this boot was perfect, it's too narrow and I'm 99% sure it'll not stretch out at all due to the quality and stiffness.