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Old 02-21-2012, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vans Encore or 32 Lashed Fast Track ??

I went to a local snowboard shop a couple days ago and tried on many boots, and narrowed it down to either the vans encore or 32 lashed fast track boot.

I originally wanted something with a dual BOA system but they were all sold out of any like that since they're having a sale. I felt that both boots offered what I wanted, but I like the boa system more than the fast track since its waaaayy easier to do up heh

Only thing is that i've heard people with the vans encore boot complaining about the wires squeezing in too much around the ankle.

Have any of you owned one of these boots? I need to make up my mind soon before everything sells out of my size
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32 Lashed is an awesome boot. If they both fit equally well, I'd choose the 32 everytime.
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I've got the women's version of the encore and have not had any issues with pressure points from the BOA system. In fact I tried on a double BOA boot (Vans Veil) and had terrible pressure points with it immediately, so it's not something that is inherently bad with a single BOA boot or not a problem with a double BOA boot.

If you feel like they both fit the same just go with whichever you like better, but don't pick a boot that fits worse just because you think the lacing system is easier to deal with.
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I love my 32's, good weight, super comfortable. Haven't rode the Vans but if the 32s fit well, I'd say go with them.
btw why the fasttrack? I personally use the traditional laces and much prefer them. You can lace em up as tight or as loose as you want, and they stay at that tension the whole day. I dunno about 32s fasttrack system but I've heard of a few other brands' fasttrack systems getting looser throughout the day. It's only about 20 seconds longer to lace up the laces at the start of the day so unless you're constantly taking off your boots throughout the day, I can't imagine it being worth it.
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I have a pair of 32 Lashed with laces. Love 'em. Bought a pair for my wife, but with Fast Track. She also loves 'em. You can get last year's models for peanuts on eBay.
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If they both fit equally. Then the 32 lashed hands down. One of the best boots on the market besides Nike if it fits you. Be careful though. The bottom on those boots are tanks and will scratch your board. If you don't use a stomp pad you might wanna if you don't liek your top sheet getting scratched.
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i had vans encore boots last year. they felt unbelievably comfortable in the shop and wearing them around. then when i went to ride them... so much pain on my instep that i got rid of them. vans boots are pretty low tech compared to other brands. if they both feel good, i'd go with the 32 boots.
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If they both fit equally. Then the 32 lashed hands down. One of the best boots on the market besides Nike if it fits you. Be careful though. The bottom on those boots are tanks and will scratch your board. If you don't use a stomp pad you might wanna if you don't liek your top sheet getting scratched.
WTF!?

If you skate through teh parking lot with BA, the gravel in your boot will get on the top of the board, not just the bottom
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WTF!?

If you skate through teh parking lot with BA, the gravel in your boot will get on the top of the board, not just the bottom
Yes, and even it were true that gravel gets stuck at the bottom of these boots from time to time and scratches the top sheet, it's really not that big of a deal. Snowboards are meant to be used and abused. Scratches will happen, one way or another.

If we were talking about using these boots to tap dance on the hood of a Ferrari, that would be a whole different story.
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Yes, and even it were true that gravel gets stuck at the bottom of these boots from time to time and scratches the top sheet, it's really not that big of a deal. Snowboards are meant to be used and abused. Scratches will happen, one way or another.

If we were talking about using these boots to tap dance on the hood of a Ferrari, that would be a whole different story.
True that. My top sheet gets plenty scratched up by my 32s but I seem to recall having a scratched up top sheet back when I had my burton boots before this. As long as it's just cosmetic damage I'm fine with it. Who would want a super brand new looking board anyway? Just makes it look like you don't spend very many days on the mountain.
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