Words: Chris Brunstetter
The best-selling snowboard boot gets a convenience upgrade as the new Lashed Boa from ThirtyTwo. All the expected ThirtyTwo features are present including lightweight construction (4.3 pounds/pair, US men's size 9), forgiving flex, and heat moldable liners with good ankle hold. The Lashed Boa is an understandable evolution of the people’s champ of park boots, the Lashed, and one that quick-lace lovers should appreciate.
Inner lacing is handled by a cinch cuff that is centered around the ankle, which is easy to adjust. The aforementioned Boa system handles the outer lacing, and its Coiler knob pulls most of the slack in for you. One drawback of this Boa system, however, is that riders can't customize the upper and lower lace zones' tightness; the single dial controls both upper and lower lacing. On hill, the Lashed Boa performs as expected–fun, flexible, and forgiving, however not too much thanks to the rigid plastic performance backstay running up the boot’s backside. When flexed, the articulated cuff breaks the upper and lower boot into two seemingly solitary zones so they flex freely, which makes tweaked grabs easy to reach and presses able to be pressed that much more. Below the foot, an STI foam outsole provides ample cushion and dampening. STI foam is lighter than EVA and polyurethane while still providing reliable traction and impressive rebound, and it won't pack out easily.
Thirty-Two has the formula for a great park boot down, and did the next logical thing by offering it with a Boa quick-lace system. It’s an easy choice for most people looking for a comfortable all-purpose boot with great flex. And yes, the Lashed still comes with traditional, non-Boa lacing. That model costs $20 less.