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12-19-2010 08:03 AM
wasaskier Get double BOA or traditional laces; speedlace/powerlace system is horrible

In a search for a perfect pair I probably tried like 30 pairs, from $100 to $400+
I loved double BOA but couldn't find boots that fit.
Salomon Dialogue and F20 are super comfy and I wanted to keep them, but they would never stay tight due to powerlace system.

To my surprise lowly Ride Orion were the best fit in the flex I wanted. My wallet is also pretty happy
12-18-2010 09:23 PM
Hodgepodge
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Originally Posted by alecdude88 View Post
i have a pair of vans with the speed lacing system and couldn't be happier but i did use to have airwalks . . .
what kind of vans were they?
12-17-2010 04:01 PM
alecdude88 i have a pair of vans with the speed lacing system and couldn't be happier but i did use to have airwalks . . .
12-17-2010 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Calibre 6 View Post
What type of riding do you do? Do you want a stiff or soft boot?
all mountain freestyle. i like the park but hit the fresh now and then
12-17-2010 03:41 PM
Calibre 6
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Originally Posted by Hodgepodge View Post
thats why i'm leaning towards getting laces, because I play hockey and will apply my skate tying technique to my boots. anyone have any suggestions for really comfortable boots? probably under 275 bucks too
What type of riding do you do? Do you want a stiff or soft boot?
12-17-2010 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Milo303 View Post
If you lace your boots properly the first time, you should rarely have to re tighten lace boots....

Do a google search for how hockey players lace up. That's how I do it and my laces never come loose, but sometimes I don't hit the exact sweet spot and have to redo them
thats why i'm leaning towards getting laces, because I play hockey and will apply my skate tying technique to my boots. anyone have any suggestions for really comfortable boots? probably under 275 bucks too
12-17-2010 02:00 PM
Milo303 If you lace your boots properly the first time, you should rarely have to re tighten lace boots....

Do a google search for how hockey players lace up. That's how I do it and my laces never come loose, but sometimes I don't hit the exact sweet spot and have to redo them
12-17-2010 01:50 PM
J.Schaef I agree that the focus boa system is awesome. My next boots will probably be something with the K2 conda system.


I had some regular boa boots a couple seasons back. They were super quick and pretty easy. They did cause me some pressure points though. I like the bottom of my boots to fit a little loose, and the tops to be tight. Couldn't do it with these boots.

Now I ride laces. I like them.

Like I said, I feel like the K2 Boa Conda system with a lace up shell would be the ultimate.
12-17-2010 12:30 PM
basso4735
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Laces are tried and true. For resort riding you really can't go wrong with them. I have broken BOA cables and they are very easy to replace. Just not as easy as laces. You'll need to have replacement cables and probably go to a shop to swap it out. A Voile strap will work as a quick fix if you bust a cable. Especially with the Focus system as the upper is what you are probably going to break. The day I busted mine, I was out in the backcountry and had no replacement cables with me. The strap did the job just fine and I continued on for the rest of the day no problem.



Not a bad idea to carry a couple of these anyway. You'd be surprised with what you can rig with one to make broken gear work.
I have boa's, but I bought them due to the comfort of the boot, which just happened to have the boa system. Those straps look like something I should get for the just in case factor. Great idea.
12-17-2010 12:14 PM
killclimbz It is very easy to loosen and re tighten BOA laces. No way you are going to do it as conveniently with laces. Not even close. Seconds vs minutes. That said, do you really have the urge to loosen/tighten your boots all that much at the resort? If anything I tighten mine up after a few runs. Never loosen them.

I do use boots with the BOA focus system and I have my reason for it. Over 90% of my days are spent on a splitboard. Which means I'm skinning more than I am riding down. Laces sucked for this. Just plain uncomfortable on the up for me. I wanted to loosen them, but that took too much time. With the focus system I can keep the lower section tight and loosen the uppers to make the trek up a hell of a lot more comfortable. A few seconds is all it takes for the down.

Laces are tried and true. For resort riding you really can't go wrong with them. I have broken BOA cables and they are very easy to replace. Just not as easy as laces. You'll need to have replacement cables and probably go to a shop to swap it out. A Voile strap will work as a quick fix if you bust a cable. Especially with the Focus system as the upper is what you are probably going to break. The day I busted mine, I was out in the backcountry and had no replacement cables with me. The strap did the job just fine and I continued on for the rest of the day no problem.



Not a bad idea to carry a couple of these anyway. You'd be surprised with what you can rig with one to make broken gear work.
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