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Old 12-21-2010, 08:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was able to try out my '10/'11 Ride Insano boot this weekend and wanted to share my experience.
First off, it is a stiff all mountain boot. The lean on the boot is awesome when actually snowboarding but can be very tiring when standing in line (pushes your legs forward so basically gives your quads a nice workout the whole time, or I could just be out of shape). The Focus BOA system worked flawlessly and really provides good adjustability so you can really get your feet comfortable. The responsiveness of the boot is excellent as well. Most importantly for me was that my feet were comfortable and warm all day. I couldn't be happier with them and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a stiff boot. The only thing about them is that there isn't a good place to attach my leash to on them so I think I need to invest in something to strap to my leg.

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I tried these boots on in one of our shops. I have to warn people, they are super stiff. I also hear that it only slightly loosens up after packing out so the stiffness pretty much remains the same.

It is literally the stiffest boots I ever put on my feet. Looks real sick and is comfy though. The BOA Focus is awesome as well.

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Old 12-21-2010, 10:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The only thing about them is that there isn't a good place to attach my leash to on them so I think I need to invest in something to strap to my leg.
Try hooking a small carabiner (I like the small plastic S hooks) to the rear pull up loop on the back of the boot. You can hook the leash to the carabiner. When you strap in, just make sure the carabiner does not slip behind the highback. As an added bonus, you can use the same carabiner to hook your boots together (when off your feet of course).

I am on my second pair of Insanos ... I agree they are the stiffest boot I have tried. On a 15/15 at 24", I notice the stiffness on my inner calf. Loosening the top BOA helps. A binding with a cant plate would also help alot.
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Thanks Duncan! Great idea on the carabiner, I will do that. My calves are just sore (muscles) probably from relearning how to snowboard and from first trip of the season. I will have to check out canted bindings (bought '09/'10 targas so no cant). Do you feel your quads getting a workout by standing around or walking?
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Thanks Duncan! Great idea on the carabiner, I will do that. My calves are just sore (muscles) probably from relearning how to snowboard and from first trip of the season. I will have to check out canted bindings (bought '09/'10 targas so no cant). Do you feel your quads getting a workout by standing around or walking?
I have 08/09 Targas and 07/08 (?) Unions and neither have canted foot beds. My next pair (Targas or Flux) WILL have cants.

I do not feel my quads when standing in the Insanos (but I spin several times a week which really helps quads). I also keep my top BOA relatively loose, relying on the bottom BOA of the boot and the ankle strap of the binding. The faster I plan on taking a run, the tighter I crank the top BOA.

Pop that top BOA as soon as you are done with a run and you should get less strain.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea, more good ideas! Thanks! This is my first BOA boot and I feel like it loosens up after a run so I end up tightening it back down (when I strap my bindings on, the BOA cables look loose).
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Did you get the Intuition liner heat molded to your feet?
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No I didn't. From what I read, it doesn't do a great job of actually simulating how one would stand while snowboarding. I let them mold as I just snowboarded. I am sure they are molded by now. Great boots. I wouldn't trade them for anything.
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i just picked a pair of these up tonight because after 90-100 days on my Ride Deuce boots they are straight up falling apart, not sure why; need to call Ride and get them replaced
but im worried about all around performance for different types of riding, bombing runs im not worried about too much...its when i hit the park and go touring in the backcountry that im curious if they're the right choice
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