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Laces or Boa?

I have laces right now on the boots i have and ive always had somewhat of a tough time really getting it good and tight. but im looking for new boots and im not sure if boa is reliable or not because ive never used it. does it come undone a lot or is it just as good as laces?
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BOA is a tried and proven system.

I highly recommend a dual BOA system so you can get each zone as tight as you want, without over tightening.

BOA works, that's all I can say about it... I own a pair of Vans Cirro boots and they're amazing. It's really nice to be able to adjust your boots while riding.

But they can break... And when they break, it's not like a laced boot where you just toss a new lace on it in the field. I havn't broken one yet, but depending on what you break you may or may not be able to get it fixed at a resort. Busting on in the backcountry would suck.

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Ok great that was basically my main concern was if it would break or not. Yeah thats gotta be a huge con of BOA is breakin it especially in a place like back country or somewhere when you couldnt just ski down and get it fixed or whatever
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Ya but let me clarify that it doesn't happen often... It's not like your going to slash em up once or twice a year. Could mash one once it's five years old, or the second day of riding. Imo they're badass

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+1 for BOA! Have a pair of 32s with a single BOA system. Depending one how much lean you put into your boot when winding it up you can adjust how much pressure is put on each zone. I don't find that as much of a problem as some other people seem to but every foot is different and even having said that I'd still prefer dual BOAs if I had enough money.

As Milo303 said, breaking doesn't happen often. I haven't had mine break on me either but I took the system apart when I first got them just to get an idea of how to replace and it's pretty simple. And just carry the spare cable and the kexkey around with you when you ride just in case, they're real small and you won't notice it.
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I wonder how many people here have actually had a Boa break on him or her, versus just hearing about "a friend of a guy I know" who had one break? My current boot (32 Boa Focus) is five or six years old and it's never failed. I just ordered a new pair of Ride Crew boots today with a Boa focus setup. Not afraid.

Edit: since it's not exactly new technology, I wonder how many resort shops are still ill-equipped to replace a boa system? It seems as if every major resort would have the parts and knowledge by now.

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Heh, a guy I ride with had his broke. But it wasn't like the BOA ratchet broke, it was the cable itself.... Got caught on something and snapped the cable.

I don't know anyone who's had the ratchet break

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I wonder how many people here have actually had a Boa break on him or her, versus just hearing about "a friend of a guy I know" who had one break? My current boot (32 Boa Focus) is five or six years old and it's never failed. I just ordered a new pair of Ride Crew boots today with a Boa focus setup. Not afraid.

Edit: since it's not exactly new technology, I wonder how many resort shops are still ill-equipped to replace a boa system? It seems as if every major resort would have the parts and knowledge by now.
None of the shops or resorts around here know anything. But replacing any of the boa parts is really easy. Best to simply buy a spare cable when you buy the boots (if they don't come with a spare).

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BOA's have their advantages, but I will probably never stray away from laces,, unless I discover a boot that fits extremely well for me. Laces provide more customized options for the user. I never have a problem getting my laces tight. They can get just as tight as the BOA if the proper lacing method is used.

I also recommend not limiting your boot options to just the BOA style. You eliminate many other possibilities of a good fitting boot. I have posted this YouTube video on lacing boots in the past. This might help you get a tighter fit with your laces. YouTube - Snowboard Boot Guide - Traditional Lacing This is the method I use, and believe me it works.
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I use 32s with the standard lacing system.

I was also looking at Burton Ions with the Speedzone system, and that was impressive, so was the comfort of the boots.

The BOA stuff still kind of worries me, I think that 99.9 % of the people have no problems, but every so often you hear a story about the system breaking or getting stuck. I'd probably avoid that stuff if you're doing a lot of backcountry / hiking, but for regular resort riding they're probably just fine.
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