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Old 01-22-2009, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BOA System - How tight is too tight?

I tried on a few pairs of boots yesterday (shop only had like 3 in my size), and one of them was the K2 Raider BOA (2009). The boot was pretty nice, and I found that I really liked the BOA system over traditional laces. However, with laces, it's pretty obvious to figure out how tight to make them - you can only get them so tight. With the BOA system, however, it can get much tighter. Do you tighten them practically as tight as you can until you get some real resistance?

Also, I noticed some heal lift. Is this one of the downsides to the single BOA system vs the boots w 2?

I also tried on the Burton Sabbath (I found it kind of tight and with some pressure points around my ankles) and tried to try on a pair of Ride boots, but they were too hard to get into.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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tighten them until they are comfortable?
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jmacphee9 View Post
tighten them until they are comfortable?
i was gonna post the same as this.... but then you could leave them undone and they would be comfortable. useless... but comfortable.

perhaps it would be more accurate to suggest, DON'T tighten them until they become UNcomfortable?

not trying to be a smart arse; just reiterating what you had correctly advised (i think)
Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Be careful tightening them as the cable that cinches over the ankles tends to put a lot of pressure on the joint. I rode '08 Raiders last year and by day 2 on mountain, couldn't even walk in them anymore. You did mention your ankle had felt pressure points in the other boots. This year I went to Burton Rulers with dual zone quick lacing and am much happier.

If you go with Boa system and have any pressure point issues in your feet at all, maybe spend a few more dollars for the dual zone BOA.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Tighten as far as you want.

Heel lift would be either you're not pulling the liner lace tight enough, or you have insanely narrow heels/ankles (both would cause the J-bars in the liner to not be secure enough).

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BOA focus (dual zone) is the cat's meow for sure.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i also have the 09 raiders. i like mine really tight, i tighten them pretty much as tight as they can go until they will barely turn anymore, and tighten them more throughout the day when i feel them loosening. i dont have any heel lift at all, they just hurt my lower shin right when i put them on for like 15 minutes and thats it.
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I had heel lifts put in my 32's because they werent comfortable. The second time i put them on they felt normal. It didnt affect my riding.
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Picked up my first pair of Boa boots this year. Went with the DC Status dual-boa. How far to go with the tightening is something I've been struggling with all season. I still don't have an answer for myself yet.
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