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Thoughts on boa lacing

I'm sure there is a thread on this somewhere, but I'm on my phone and it's a pain in the ass to search...
Anyway, I just got a pair of Ride boots with the boa laces. I haven't worn them yet (this weekend!) but a friend has already told me to take them back because of the laces. It's not anything on the brand of boots, just that she doesn't like the boa system in general. Something about them needing to be re-tightened a lot.
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I'm sure there is a thread on this somewhere, but I'm on my phone and it's a pain in the ass to search...
Anyway, I just got a pair of Ride boots with the boa laces. I haven't worn them yet (this weekend!) but a friend has already told me to take them back because of the laces. It's not anything on the brand of boots, just that she doesn't like the boa system in general. Something about them needing to be re-tightened a lot.
Thoughts?
I just got some boots with the BOA system back in November. I have ridden with them 6 days. I find myself adjusting them more than I did with my laced boots because it is easier and takes less time to make adjustments. Before, I would endure whatever discomfort I had until I made it to the bottom of the hill. With the new boots I can stop by the side of a run and spend a few seconds twisting, tightening or loosening without having to retie lace knots.

So far, I prefer the boa system.
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I much prefer the boa system and would never go back to laces.
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I have a double BOA boot from 686/New Balance and I love it. I used them a week or two ago up at A-Basin and Keystone for the first time and never adjusted them again once I set them.

Now, a guy a rode with at Keystone had some cheap single BOAs and he was constantly re-adjusting them (and he said they occasionally would loosen without warning).

So...I assume the quality of the overall boot matters as well.

Additionally, I think BOAs really only work for those who like tight, stiff boots. I do. Others don't. I cannot imagine riding my new boots, for example, for anything but freeriding. They aren't flexible enough (by design) to do anything freestyle, really.
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If you like the boots and they are comfortable, keep them, the boa doesn't loosen. In fact I find it much easier to get them as tight as I want. Tighten them when I put them on, walk around for a minute, then just give another crank or two if I need.
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And laced boots never need to be retightened? I own Ride Jackon Boas (my second pair) and I love'em. Like rocker vs camber, Flow vs traditional, this is one of those subjects that generate a lot of loud opinion without a lot of decisive factual backup. No offense to your friend, but she is probably just repeating something she heard someone else say.

I retighten my boas after my first run, and I may have to retighten them once or twice during the day, but that's just a matter of cranking the dials a few times. You'll spend more time fiddling with your goggles.


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I bought the Ride Anthem Boa boots earlier this season. I had them heat molded before I left the store. The fit pretty good and they are comfortable. My feet stay warm and dry which is good too. I will say that the boa system did loosen a lot at first but the more you wear them the less the loosen. On the first run they werena bout 3 turns too loose. By the end of the first day they only were about a quarter turn loose.
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I bought the Ride Anthem Boa boots earlier this season. I had them heat molded before I left the store. The fit pretty good and they are comfortable. My feet stay warm and dry which is good too. I will say that the boa system did loosen a lot at first but the more you wear them the less the loosen. On the first run they werena bout 3 turns too loose. By the end of the first day they only were about a quarter turn loose.
It's not that the boa is loosening, it's your foot settling/packing out the boot. I just walk around a bit and maybe give a lean or two forward and backward, then I can usually give a couple more turns and its usually good to go till I take them off. Occasionally I might crank them down once more at the top of the lift, but once I get them tightened down good, they stay that way. Same ones Donutz has, Ride Jackson Boa.
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Thanks for all the replies. I kind of figured as much, just wanted to get others' opinions. My previous boots were salomons and they were decent, but they had the pull laces, which I am not much of a fan. They started pinching my feet this year...I'm guessing my feet changed after pregnancy, not bigger, just different...but I digress. These boots feel so magical on my feet already, so I'm glad to hear you all like the boas.
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I've owned BOA and speed laces in the past but I prefer traditional laces. The BOA boots I owned were single BOA, I think the double BOA would be much better.
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