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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Hey if you got them for that price it's an amazing deal

I saw them for $450


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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.
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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.
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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.
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so is the consensus that they fit like new balance sneakers? or size down?
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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.
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can anyone review the 686 new balances vs nikes???
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