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Laces Out, It’s Time To Get Dialed In Developed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and first released in 2001, BOA has systematically given riders everywhere a viable alternative to traditional laces. To date there have been over 25 million products sold worldwide that have benefitted from the lace, steel and reel of the BOA closure with such varied applications as knee braces and horse boots. Despite these new initiatives, snowboarding remains at the core of BOA’s approach. With virtually every brand offering this option, now may be an ideal time to re-boot your take on traditional laces and get turned on to BOA. - Pat Bridges. Product Words: Pat Harrington

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ThirtyTwo Focus

Focus is important. If you lose it, the consequences could be disastrous. If you’re on a steep face in Alaska, for example, it’s game over. In the case of these boots, well, you would lose your boots. Thanks to the designers at ThirtyTwo for engineering this stiff, expert level boot with an ergonomic heel harness that works in conjunction with dual BOA coils. Coupled with a custom-moldable liner, rest assured that the only place these boots are going, is down the mountain with you in tow. thirtytwo.com MSRP: $329.99

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Burton Photon

Normally here at SNOWBOARDER, we are concerned with phonetics as opposed to photonics, but the new Photon boot from Burton has us nerding out a bit. This dual-lacing zone boot features an exclusive BOA design that was made in collaboration with New England Ropes (of rock climbing at yachting fame). Their new lacing system creates a whole new level of mechanics never before seen in BOA-laced snowboard boots. Eliminating the metal wire from the front of the boot and replacing it with a dynamic, and somewhat stretchy lace allows for a greater range of motion, tweaks, temperature resiliency and boot wear. burton.com MSRP: $369.95

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DC Control

We are sure that Major Tom wishes he had ground control as good as this. Built with a new Unilite foundation outsole, the DC Control gives you superior board feel while feeling anti-gravitationally light. Plus, while you are sitting in your tin can shaped gondola, you can quickly let your feet get some oxygen and then strap those babies in with a simple turn of the dial. Don’t let your feet get lost in space. Slide them into The Control and you will surely make the grade this season. dcshoes.com MSRP: $249.95

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K2 Thraxis

Internet research shows that General Thraxis is a character in an obscure cartoon TV series about a league of teenage superheroes. Upon further research, this generally has nothing to do with the K2 Thraxis boot. Built for the most demanding riders, it features a three BOA system to control both the inner and outer lacing, giving you no shortage of custom fit options, and the Vibram outsole won’t let you be caught slippin’. Generally, the Thraxis is one badass boot. K2snowboarding.com MSRP: $419.95

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Ride Anthem

For some things, being single is awesome. Not having a counterpart to rely on or explain things to, you can be a lone wolf blazing your own trail. Clearly this is the Anthem of the designer that came up with this boot. A single BOA is certainly not inferior to its double dial counterparts, and for the riders that are looking for a consistent flex, ease of use and less moving parts, the Ride Anthem will satisfy your simple needs. Plus, it won’t break the bank, leaving you some bills for the singles mixer at the slopeside tavern later. ridesnowboards.com MSRP: $209.95

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Rome Stomp

Stomp was an insanely popular musical-theater performance group in the 1990s. They used ordinary objects such as brooms, shovels, trashcans and cookware to create elaborate and exciting orchestrations. Surely, this boot was created with Stomp in mind. Every feature was built with a purpose, like Rome’s RAD F.I.T. liner, Skate Cuff tech and Coiler BOA, making this Stomp a true sum of its parts. You could even say that they work in perfect concert with one another to make one fantastic boot. romesnowboards.com MSRP: $199.99

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Salomon Synapse Focus

Longevity is the name of the game with the Synapse boot. Having been in the Salomon line since we can remember, this high performance freeride boot is a staple in the gear closet of snowboarders from Hakuba to Haines. Overbuilt with quality materials like a multi-density hiking outsole and breathable Exhale liner, the Synapse will outlast those other models that wind up on the power lines each spring. salomonsnowboard.com MSRP: $319.00

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Vans Infuse

Finally a boot that both traditionalists and tech-lovers can each be excited about. Vans had brewed up the perfect infusion of both modern materials and gadgetry with time-proven sensibility. This boot is where Internal BOA lacing meets a comfortable outer skate lace and where full-grain leather works together with rapid weld overlays. The balance is undeniable and there is no way to refuse the Infuse. vans.com MSRP: $359.95