Expert Review: Thirtytwo Lashed Double BOA
This review is my own honest opinion of the boots, which I bought with my own money in November 2020.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the boots, which I bought with my own money in November 2020.
The Thirtytwo Lashed Double BOA Snowboard Boots are fantastic for the snowboarder who wants a medium to firm flex fit that can be dialed in over the foot and around the ankle for extra support. I would say any skill level can benefit from these boots but it’s more geared towards the intermediate to advanced rider.
About this gear
- Model: 2021 Thirtytwo Lashed Double BOA
- Lacing type: BOA lacing (double)
- Size: 11
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 188 lbs
- Street shoe size: 11
- Foot shape: Regular
- Experience: 20 years
- When I bought these: November 2020
- Days tested: 17
- Board: Lib Tech Orca and Golden Orca
- Bindings: Now Pilot
- Where I’ve used it: Afton Alps in Minnesota
- Terrain: Park and all-mountain
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for new tech since my previous boots were traditional lacing and I was a bit skeptical about BOA having issues from what I’d heard from others. I had heard that BOA often breaks or doesn't keep the boot tight after a while. But, I wanted something that would provide a better fit than traditional lacing and would be easier to get on and off.
Why I chose this gear
I decided to go with the Thirtytwo, because I had tried on the Vans Auro Pro Double BOA (another boot with a similar offering that was about $50 less) and found them to be uncomfortable and decided to go with a brand I trusted and had owned a pair of their boots in the past. On the first day on the slopes, I knew these were the right choice. They were much more comfortable than the alternative I had previously tried.
What I love about it
- Size: These are true to size – they feel tight right out of the box but eventually pack out. They run regular width; I haven’t noticed any distinct feeling of them being too narrow or wide. The boots can also be heat molded for a more customized fit.
- Comfort: These feel like a shoe. They feel really comfortable especially after they are packed out after several runs.
- Responsiveness: Response is really good when considering these are a medium flex boot. The mid-level flex on these boots provides the response I am looking for so my energy from foot to board is more direct, and I don't lose energy the way I would with a softer flexing boot.
- Grip: The grip has been really good. I haven’t noticed any slipping or loss of traction. I have pretty icy conditions in the midwest, so considering I’m hiking and walking on ice, these have fared very well.
- Ease of use: These are super easy to use right out of the box. I really enjoy how quick it is to not only get these boots on and off at the beginning and end of the day, but how easy it is to adjust both the foot and ankle adjustments to the perfect fit. When you’ve gone down a run or two and you really work in the boots, you can easily adjust the bindings again without removing a glove, and dial in for the perfect fit. There is nothing overly complicated about using these – the two dials do everything you need.
- Durability: I’ve only owned these for one season, but I haven’t noticed anything wearing or tearing. They look like they are in great condition.
- Weight: These are surprisingly lightweight especially for a size 11 boot. The Energy Foam midsoles offer a lightweight construction, giving these boots a lighter overall weight. They are comfortable, easy to walk in, and don’t feel like they hold me back in any way.
- Versatility: These are a great all around, all-mountain boot that will tackle any terrain with ease. I don’t see these holding anyone back no matter what the conditions or terrain throw at them. The fact that these are easy to adjust, are made of lightweight material, and have a medium flex makes them perfect for general all-mountain riding. This is also what I want out of a boot for park and pipes, so I have some forgiveness but not too much.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Warmth: These aren’t extremely warm boots, but I don’t feel like they are really lacking any more warmth than any other boots I’ve used in the past. I would say they are pretty middle of the road for warmth.
- Heel hold: The heel hold was not quite as good as I was hoping. I noticed my heel slightly lifting off the sole of the boot on a couple jumps, but then I was able to adjust the heel tightness a bit more and it improved somewhat.
- Shock absorption: As far as shock absorption goes I didn’t really notice it being either good or bad so I’ve given this a star rating of 3, since nothing really stood out to me with these boots as far as this category goes.
Favorite moment with this gear
These are such a nice upgrade from the traditional laced boots I owned previously. I was blown away by how well they fit and how easy they are to adjust. One of the most underrated feelings is when you can take your boots off at the end of the day and these come off just about as easy as street shoes and there’s a lot to be said about how great that feels at the end of the day.
Value for the money vs. other options
I would say these boots are definitely worth the investment. I had my Burton lace up boots for several seasons and I imagine I’ll have these boots for several seasons too. These are more comfortable than the Vans Auro Pro Double BOA that I tried and are a comparable price. I was going to save about $50 on the Vans, but after feeling the hot spots in those and then switching to the Thirtytwos, it was obviously worth the extra investment to get a higher quality boot that has no hot spots and offers a customized fit.
The Thirtytwo Lashed Double BOA unlocks the ability to have a high tech boot that is simple and easy to adjust and comes at a fairly reasonable price for the technology they offer. These are not a super aggressive boot but more of an all-around great fitting boot that works really well for all-mountain riding.