This review is from my blog (Boarder Gear: Vans Cirro Boot Review
)... I was kind of wondering, has anyone else had durability issues with their Vans boots????
After using the Vans Cirro boots for a year (08/09 model), I really wanted to love them. The main reason I got them was for the dual Boa lacing system. You are able to adjust the ankle/heel area and the lower foot area of the boot separately. After having a decent experience using a different pair of Vans Boa boots (I think they were Fargos), I had fallen in love with how easy it was to just crank the dials and tighten up your boots.
I really thought that the boots fit me well after trying them on in the store. My feet fit in them perfectly, I didn't think I had any heel lift at the time, and I thought they were decently comfortable. I guess I was wrong. I found out that my heel lifted a little (possibly from them packing out a bit - the J bars didn't fix this for me either) and a pressure point developed in my left boot only - around the area where the tongue of the inner liner met the rest of the liner. Aside from that, the boots were relatively comfy. It was very easy to overtighten the Boas and I found myself having to adjust the dials at various times during the day (to either tighten or loosen) depending on how my feet felt and how I wanted to ride. Not a big deal though because it was so easy to do! Even though the boots themselves performed well, I did notice that a plastic piece that helped guide the Boa laces broke off of the boot after only using it six times! This part just dangles from my Boa lace now. Annoying. I'm not sure if it will eventually tear apart my Boa lace (because of the sharp jagged edge) or if more plastic will break off. Another gripe from me is that the velcro used to tighten the top of the inner liner is pretty cheap and I wouldn't be surprised if I ripped them off of the liners one of these days.
Regarding the performance of the boots, I cannot complain. These are a relatively stiff boot (especially for Vans) and they provided me a lot of control and stability. I was still able to flex them a bit as needed. They performed well in whatever conditions I put them through. Probably not a very good park boot but definitely a good all mountain boot.
If I were to give it a grade, I would give these a C+. Performed well. Loved the Dual Boa system. I really wish the craftsmanship of the boot and the inner liner were better though. There is no reason that I should have developed a pressure point and plastic parts should not have broken off of the boot. I actually just returned these boots today because of the broken plastic piece. Thanks for the great return policy REI! The lady at the store told me that this was the first time she had ever heard of plastic breaking off of the boot so maybe I'm an isolated case. In the future, I am definitely not opposed to getting Boa boots again, but I just scored a great deal on some Burton Ions a few days ago so expect to hear my thoughts on those sometime next season!