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Thirty Two 305 06 Snowboard Boots, Advanced

Reviewing: Thirty Two 305  |  Rating:
By miko on
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Now I don't claim to be Shaun White, but I've had my number of days down the slopes. And those days can be long, so having the right kind of boots helps immensely. Thirty Two is known for making high quality boots, since that's all they know how to do. The 305 was a higher end boot I found near season's end for a great price, and I was not disappointed one bit.

I had an old Liquid boot, which had no liner, kept my feet in place, but not that comfy overall. Putting the 305s on for the first time was a huge eye (foot?) opener. The boot is relatively stiff, keeping a lot of forward lean, which is necessary for those bent knees and proper edge to edge transitions. However, the liner was very comfortable and there were very little pressure points or gaps in the boot, which was good, as I have relatively wide feet with lower arches and I usually have trouble with some footwear. The 305s fit me well, and the numerous straps and laces would help almost anyone fit well too. There is a seperate lacing for the liner, the outside shell, and even a top strap that holds the boot tight to your shin area, right below your knee. The laces around the bend of your ankle are looped around a strap that is connected to the tongue, which tightens the fit to minimize heel lift. Despite all these multiple straps and the extra time needed to get them all tightened up, there's never a point where there's any pain, as they are secured well and not cutting off circulation.

The boot itself looks nice. It has a decent colour scheme that isn't too loud as some snowboard gear likes to do, but it gets the job done. The toe area is very hard, without being metal and keeps your feet from getting cut by your board. It does scuff a bit though, since its not fully indestructible (I've wrapped some hockey tape on it just to minimize this). The boot's size is relatively big, so your bindings may need some adjustment to fit a wider boot, but overall it shouldn't be a big problem. The extra stiffness and secure fit keep you from heel lift and your foot moving in the boot, making sure everything you do will be heard by your board and not fall on deaf ears. It definitely helped my boarding without having to worry about laces every time I get off the lift. I've taken small jumps and have never had any real problems with impact and stiff landings, which is probably due to the cushioning. It is a stiff boot, so if you're a hardcore park rat, it may not be your first option in a boot. After a long day, my feet feel great and are toasty warm (my legs are a different story).

Overall, Thirty Two's 'most customizable offering' the 305 are a solid pair of boots that would help anybody trying to get into the sport. Keeping your feet happy is important for a good day on the slopes, and if you can find this boot for a decent price, it'll be an investment that will pay for itself on the hills.