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Boa Boots, boot help

Are boots with the boa lacing actually a better design? i know its all about comfort and stuff but when your boots loosen up as you ride, does the boa really come in handy? or is it just a scam. please post on my hunt for boots and post some boots that you guys think are just great for a freerider. like park and all mountain.
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After having several boa boots I will never go back.
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i just got some boas for this seasonso ill have to see how they do. they dont seem to loosen at all, but it is very easy to make them too tight to the point of loss of circulation. so you kinda have to look out for that.
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really? thats awesome! what makes them so great cubllsu?
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They do not loosen up and it is super easy to adjust them. Generally when I first put them on I don't make them real tight and just adjust a little if I need to while riding. When I say, "while riding", I literally mean while moving down the hill. Try to do that with laces! Laces always loosen up throughout the day; boas don't.

You will have people that will say that if a cable breaks it ruins your day but I only had one cable issue and fixed it fairly easily. You can always ask the company for a few extra laces and then there really is no reason at all to worry.
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I'm a recent BOA convert as well. Most BOA boots I've tried are on the stiffer side so I can't say I'd never go back to a softer boot, but once my 32 Focus BOAs were broken in, I was in love. They are the stiffest boots I've owned, by far, but they haven't affected my progression.

BOA isn't a scam, it has pros and cons just like any other speed lace system out there. For me, with two reels, I can dial them in perfectly and they stay dialed all day. The system is self contained so I don't have to deal with a rogue lace if they get untied. Its faster. The cons, boots are heavier and stiffer. Once the BOA lace breaks, its not a 2 minute fix (but neither are the solomon laces)

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You will have people that will say that if a cable breaks it ruins your day but I only had one cable issue and fixed it fairly easily. You can always ask the company for a few extra laces and then there really is no reason at all to worry.
I think I needed you around the first time I had to take my reel apart. Nerve wracking experience, I thought I was going to strip the tiny screw heads. But you're right, after that first time, I don't worry about breaking a lace at all

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I'm a recent BOA convert as well. Most BOA boots I've tried are on the stiffer side so I can't say I'd never go back to a softer boot, but once my 32 Focus BOAs were broken in, I was in love. They are the stiffest boots I've owned, by far, but they haven't affected my progression.
Also have the focus boa. Got the Vans Aura this year for a softer boot than the focus. They are right in the middle of Vans stiffness ratings. I think I'll like them a lot.
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Also have the focus boa. Got the Vans Aura this year for a softer boot than the focus. They are right in the middle of Vans stiffness ratings. I think I'll like them a lot.
Never tried Vans boots ever, going to have to check those out. I've only had the 32's, DC judges and inherited a pair of K2s that didn't fit me very well. All felt pretty stiff until I broke them in.

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I can see it being really nice, especially compared to all the other "speed lacing" boots out now. That said, I've never had much trouble with standard laces coming loose or breaking. Just double loop around the top, and double knot. From looking at boas more, replacing a lace shouldn't be too difficult either- as long as you have a spare on hand. Not going to throw an old shoelace on like you used to be able to.

Boas do seem slightly stiffer than other boots I've tried. Probably just a matter of more even tension over the length of the lace. I'm in love with the Ride Jackson Boa- no heavier than any other boot really. And I've tried on a lot of boots from K2, DC, Burton, Salomon, etc.

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