Expert Review: thirtytwo Women's Lashed Double BOA Snowboard Boots · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the boots, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the boots, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
The thirtytwo Women's Lashed Double BOA Snowboard Boots are a versatile and uncompromising classic perfect for the intermediate rider on a budget.
About the boots I own
- Model: 2022 Women’s thirtytwo Lashed
- Size: 6
- Lacing type: Traditional
- Height: 5’4”
- Weight: 120lbs
- Street shoe size: 6.5
- Foot shape: Low arches, wide feet
- Experience: 6 years of snowboarding, 50–100 days a season
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days tested: 120+
- Board: 2022 Salomon Gypsy
- Bindings: 2022 Salomon District
- Where I’ve used it: Killington, Smuggler’s Notch, Jay Peak
- Terrain: Park, groomers, trees
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was seeking a mid-stiff boot that could withstand daily use, had a good fit for wider feet, with a snug heel grip and a variety of lacing options.
Why I chose this gear
I love the leather exterior of the boot, which continues to look great, as well as the color. I was also considering the Vans Luna Ventana, however, the Lashed has better heel hold and a much snugger fit; I have the capacity to ratchet my foot into this boot, and it fits snugly to the front of the shin.
What I love about them
- Size: These boots are slightly wider in the toe box and front of the boot, which is standard for this brand.
- Comfort: They can have a snug fit when they’re new, but I experienced no discomfort after the first few days. The intuition liners have to be heat-molded—and that results in a boot with no hot spots. The articulated cuff also contributes to the comfort quite a bit, and I don’t think I could ever go back to boots without that feature.
- Heel hold: I love that the velcro strap is around the inner liner; it acts as a harness around my shins and provides me with a very secure feel. It also allows me to ratchet the foot in; it’s part of the reason that I chose these over the Vans Luna Ventana, for example.
- Responsiveness: These boots are surprisingly responsive for being medium flex, but they’re still not the most responsive boot on the market.
- Ease of use: These boots have a lot of interior lacing and support that can take a minute to figure out. On the other hand, the exterior lacing system is intuitive, like tying a shoe. While not as fast as an external BOA system, I find the laces to be more reliable.
- Durability: The durability of these boots is one of their greatest traits; they’ve held up longer than any other boot I’ve owned. After over 100 days of use, they have finally become too broken in for my taste, but I was pleasantly surprised by how long it took them to clap out completely. I often measure longevity by the creases in a boot’s leather after a lot of use, and these have very little. The sole is the only area of the boot to show any obvious wear. Even the toe has stayed completely intact and waterproof, despite occasionally resting the board on my foot. It should be noted that the type of lacing system can contribute to a boot’s longevity, and having the model with traditional laces may have helped.
- Weight: There is not an added ounce when trying to float (or boot out of) tight, powdery tree stashes. The lack of excess weight makes for a more intuitive board feel, allowing one to really feel the contact with the terrain: “ride with the bottoms of the feet,” as an old coach might say.
- Versatility: These boots come with me everywhere: terrain parks, glades, moguls, groomers—and they serve me well in all. Though when these boots were completely new, they were not my favorite in slushy spring conditions, as I prefer something with an even surfier feel.
- Other: Fit, heel hold, and comfort are dependent on how one customizes these boots. thirtytwo boots come with an Intuition liner that is meant to be heat-molded and a heel cup kit; the upside is that one can fit them out to their specific foot. The downside is that the boots can be uncomfortable if one does not have the opportunity or funds to visit a boot fitter.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Warmth: The coldest weather I’ve taken these boots out riding in was -15°F (about -25°F windchill), and they are 100% not rated for that kind of temp in terms of warmth (they do still respond the same in super cold temperatures, which is something to note). I find these comfortable in just about any condition over 15°F. Below that, my toes go numb almost immediately. Between the leather and the stitching style, however, they are very waterproof—meaning that the only time I’ve ever gotten wet socks in these boots is getting caught in a warm fall rainstorm or when puddle jumping and pond skimming in the spring.
- Grip: These boots do not have the best grip on ice when walking around the parking lot and are more slippery in extreme cold.
- Other: The only real issue I’ve ever had with these boots is that the laces are too short and get shredded by the points on the hooks.
Favorite moment with this gear
Riding on the East Coast, I’m bound to encounter some moguls. These boots are stiff enough to be highly responsive while not being so stiff that they need to be manhandled. This translates to improved terrain-matching in my riding, which helped me to start shredding zipperlines down icy mogul fields.
Value for the money vs. other options
These boots are definitely in the more affordable range and 100% give great value for their price. The level of durability and responsiveness is above what one’s going to find for boots at a similar price point. I have previously put the Ride Hera Double BOA through similar treatment, and, despite the two boots being almost identical in price, the Lasheds have stayed responsive for twice as long.
The thirtytwo Lashed is a great option for those progressing into more advanced riding and has become a personal stand-by.