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I just received the 32 focus boa and I went half size smaller than street sneakers.

It is extremely difficult to get into the first time. I had to loosen up everything and stretch everything out a little bit. After a few times of doing this, it has gotten easier. I didn't get a chanced to heat mold yet so I'm hoping that I can just break them in while wearing them inside the house for a few times. I hope they get more comfortable as they get broken in more.

I get a feeling these will be great once I get them broken in. No heel lift at all and it's still feels very tight around my foot.
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I just received the 32 focus boa and I went half size smaller than street sneakers.

It is extremely difficult to get into the first time. I had to loosen up everything and stretch everything out a little bit. After a few times of doing this, it has gotten easier. I didn't get a chanced to heat mold yet so I'm hoping that I can just break them in while wearing them inside the house for a few times. I hope they get more comfortable as they get broken in more.

I get a feeling these will be great once I get them broken in. No heel lift at all and it's still feels very tight around my foot.
cool!, if you can get it heat molded that would be much better but, there is nothing much better than breaking them in while snowboarding so you'll just have to wait till then....

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Just an update to this. I discovered that there's a "pull-tab" on the liner lacing about halfway down which allows you to easily loosen the liner laces, and I mean really loosen them. Do this, and make sure the Velcro is completely disconnected, and the boots are not nearly as hard to get into and out of. So just needs a little more up-front prep work before putting them on. They're still feeling good otherwise.


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have same tab on my flow focus hylites. My only piss and moan was the one cable came loose off the tightener, luckily with help fro folks here I found enough documentation to fix problem quickly. I can confirm with focus hylites you can go down in size, at least from burton
I went from 10.5 to 10 in flow boots. my street shoe is a 10 w and the 10 flows were fine for my wide toebox.
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Just curious, would you say that these can be made tighter or looser than traditional laces? I'm concerned about responsiveness being sacrificed because of the looser boa system compared to traditional lacing. Or is it similar to Flow bindings? Loose, but still responsive?
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Just curious, would you say that these can be made tighter or looser than traditional laces? I'm concerned about responsiveness being sacrificed because of the looser boa system compared to traditional lacing. Or is it similar to Flow bindings? Loose, but still responsive?
I don't find them loose at all. The Focus is a pretty stiff boot, and you can really crank down the boa. It's dual zone, so you can get the calf really tight without pinching off your foot. Work the velcro and lace on the inner boot and I think they fit great (once get into them! See above). I use them with stiff Flow NXT FRX freeride bindings, and the combination is great, very responsive.
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A ways back was using 32 305 traditional laces...focus boas go waaay tighter and easier to do than I could get the laces. in and out really loosen up the inner harness, the velco strap and pull open the shell tongue and boas. When they pack out add some bits of foam and stuff....below what I've done to the liners and after 3 years they still feel like slippers.

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Follow up:

After using the thirty two focus boa for the entire season, I have decided these are not the boots for my feet. I normally wear 9.5 in sneakers/shoes, etc.

I decided to down size for these boots and got 9. I heat molded them and wore them around in the house before hitting the slopes. They were snug and fit pretty good. My toes were barely touching so I thought that would be great. They were hard to get in and out of at first but as I broke them in they were easier and easier. These were great boots as they were solid but I always rode with some sort of pain in my toes. No big deal I thought as the boots will break in and pack out even more as I continue to ride them. Nope!

I ended up getting different soles for the boot, thinking a thinner sole would make it better. Tried Remind, and Superfeet. While the soles make the pain less, there was still some nagging pain in my foot. I then tried thinner socks. That helped a little more but still pain.

So I've come to the conclusion that either the boot was too small or my feet were just too wide for the thirtytwo focus boas.

Ended up trying DC Judge boots in 9.5 and my feet are very happy. I think I found my boot and will not switch out of them for another boot.

So far through trail and error I have found the boots that fit my feet the best.

1) Burton - too narrow for my wide feet
2) Salomon dialogue wide size 9.5 - Great boot but size down for this as they pack out a lot. The foot print is just so big. My 9.5 were the size of 11's in other brands. I think that's why i was able to center them on my Burton Cartel Reflexs in a Large binding.
3) Thirtytwo Focus boa size 9 - a bit narrow for my wide feet. Reduced foot print compared to Salomon dialogues.
4) DC Judge boa - Found my match! Reduced foot print and comfortable and most importantly wide enough for my feet.

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