ThirtyTwo Lashed Boots Bilocq
23 Jan, 2013
I have 13 days in the ThirtyTwo Lashed Boot so far this season and they still feel new every time I put them on. I have older Lased models that went 100 plus days and I didn’t even complain one bit. This is my fifth season riding the 32 Lashed boots and I can’t believe they make improvements to them every year. Just when I think that you can’t make a better boot, ThirtyTwo always thinks of something. It’s like not listening to that old adage “don’t fix something that’s not broken” 32 continues to impress me every season with their upgrades and innovations.
The ThirtyTwo Lashed Snowboard Boots are a bit smaller than previous seasons due to the new one to one lasting for this season. However, not enough to change the sizing if you have previously rode these boots before. I do have custom foot beds in these boots due to my somewhat of a high arch on my feet. So if you consider yourself to have mid to high arches, then sticking with the same size with some custom foot beds is recommended. The level 2 foot beds are great in a way that you will never bruise your heel due to the smart horse shoe shape and the shear comfort level due to there almost gel like material that they are made from. The ThirtyTwo Lashed are one of the best boots if you want to avoid the break in period yet still want longevity out of the purchase price. The Intuition liners are heat moldable so they feel like they get more comfortable the more I use them. On a day to day basis, the boots seems to start to give my feet a warm hug and starts to fill in on all the right places. One of only few boots that I have rode that starts to get even more comfortable before they start breaking in and then down. The Lashed Boot is a great starting point before trying on any other boots.
Since I like to ride the whole mountain, as in start with some warm up runs then head to the park for the middle part of the day and back to free riding, having a medium flex boots, accommodates all my riding preferences. The boots are sturdy enough to have quick response in the trees and have sufficient support to even make genuine euro carve turns down some steeps and cords. The boots have plenty of lateral give to tweak all my presses and grabs through the park. The 3D molded tongue gives plenty of support when you really want to get low in an almost prone position and response back with forgiving and predictable spring back on the way up. The STI evolution foam and sole gives great traction when hiking around and provides great board feel without sacrificing warmth. I could not even wear socks with these boots and be just fine. Not that I recommend that. The STI evolution foam also makes the boots even lighter than previous years. Less it more when it comes to the weight we carry around when it comes to snowboarding.