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easton714 12-29-2011 06:57 AM

686/New Balance boots
 
Has anyone ever tried the 686 New Balance boots? I had never seen them before last week and picked up a 2010 Double Boa version marked down from $300 to $129. I couldn't believe how well they fit. I bought them because of the fit and I couldn't beat the price (I almost bought off-the-rack Burton Raptors) but now I cannot find but one vague review (positive though) of them online.

Just curious. Anything is an improvement from my 10 year old Rossis but these fit perfectly. Too perfectly?

Danger Mouse 12-29-2011 07:46 AM

I have 686 New Balance 790's. I really like them. They were comfortable for my wide feet. Only thing I didn't like is that I got traditional laces. I should have just paid a bit more and got the BOA. Sounds like you got a great deal on yours. You should enjoy them.

easton714 01-06-2012 08:01 AM

Just an update.

I am loving the 686/NB 580 double Boas. I've been wearing them around the house at night to try to break them in before next week. I initially thought I would wear them tightened as much as possible (because I could never get my old boots tight enough and I thought the Boa would help) but I am finding that "cranked down" causes hotspots whereas "just snug" feels nice.

KG29 01-18-2012 07:22 PM

Hey if you got them for that price it's an amazing deal

I saw them for $450

easton714 01-19-2012 08:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KG29 (Post 469209)
Hey if you got them for that price it's an amazing deal

I saw them for $450


They only have 9s left but this is where I got them.

686 New Balance Snowboard Boots 2010

$179.95, free shipping. I found 25% (or thereabouts) discount code online to take it down even more.

chrono 01-19-2012 11:47 AM

When you bought them did you buy according to your shoe size or? I measure for a size 8 but I'm wondering if these run small or...hm... they look good though.

easton714 01-19-2012 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chrono (Post 469545)
When you bought them did you buy according to your shoe size or? I measure for a size 8 but I'm wondering if these run small or...hm... they look good though.

I wear my snowboard boots a half-size or so smaller than regular shoes. I want to feel the boot edge with my toes.

I had not tried this one beforehand (which goes against everything I usually say) but I told myself the deal was too good to pass up and I could return them if they didn't fit. Thankfully, they did.

randomkoreandud 01-19-2012 02:29 PM

so is the consensus that they fit like new balance sneakers? or size down?

easton714 01-19-2012 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by randomkoreandud (Post 469663)
so is the consensus that they fit like new balance sneakers? or size down?

I don't own New Balance sneakers but probably.

Although I don't know many people who want their snowboard boots fitting like sneakers. Snowboard boots should be snug all the way around.

randomkoreandud 01-24-2012 05:18 PM

can anyone review the 686 new balances vs nikes???


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