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Come snowfall I'm starting my 3rd season working on the snow, the last two I spent in rental boots which last season was miserable because it was my first season as a lift operator, so I got to spend over 120 days in a pair of Burton progression rentals which I totaled. I need to find a pair of budget friendly boots which will last me for a good long time. The mountain I live and ride on is known for great expert level+ side country and amazing Serria pow. I love riding trees but spend a lot of time on the steeps, cornices and gullies so my instinct is to look for stiff, supportive boots but... I also have to work in these boots, which makes me think softer boots would be a good call because I'm going be in them 9~10hrs a day. I don't want Boa because I've seen too many lifties break them because we're going up ladders, stairs and walking all day, so I'd rather stick with traditional laces. Totally new to the world of boot shopping (never gave them any thought until last season) so any/all input is much appreciated, thanks guys.
 

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Cheap, or last long. Not cheap AND Last long.

If you're using the same boots for work and riding you will not get more than a season out of your boots. Sorry.
 

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Gett the Flow Talons worth every penny! Boa, to loosen up when you want, Vibram in the sole, and 100% waterproof. Try and grab a last year model
 

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with the amount of work and riding u say ur going to be doing in ur boots, you really cant get away with cheap if u want quality. honestly ur riding full seasons at a time, not just riding one week a year. just bite the bullet, go to a boot fitter or shop and get fitted and buy a proper pair of boots. ur feet will thank u for it and ur season will be much much better.

this doesnt just apply to u but everyone whose doing full seasons at a time, if u really had passion for the sport and actually wanted to have fun, you'd buy the right gear. too many times ive seen people coming out to work at resorts and live the ski bum life and r completely under prepared for it. by mid season most of their gear has just deteriorated and really makes it good for nothing.
 

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That was my experience last season, I wasn't prepared for the amount or level of riding I ended up doing. My first season I worked in ski school so I was working on the snow daily but only rode once or twice a week and at an intermediate level so my gear was perfectly adequate. By mid-season I ended up mating some mission straps to my cartels and praying they weren't going to blow apart.
Any thoughts on 32 laced boots? A lot of my co-workers had the Boas but they also broke a lot of boas. I know I can get them for a good price and so might keep them for work, then take my 40% discount into the fitters and get something a little more stiff and better for my personal riding time.
 

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That was my experience last season, I wasn't prepared for the amount or level of riding I ended up doing. My first season I worked in ski school so I was working on the snow daily but only rode once or twice a week and at an intermediate level so my gear was perfectly adequate. By mid-season I ended up mating some mission straps to my cartels and praying they weren't going to blow apart.
Any thoughts on 32 laced boots? A lot of my co-workers had the Boas but they also broke a lot of boas. I know I can get them for a good price and so might keep them for work, then take my 40% discount into the fitters and get something a little more stiff and better for my personal riding time.
I have 2 pairs of laced 32s, have used boas as well and prefer laces.

My Lashed have lasted a long time and they are good n soft that they would probably work well for work. They are not very expensive either.
 
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