Hello and welcome to my Salomon Dialogue Focus Boa review.
In this review I will take a look at the Dialogue Boa as all-mountain snowboard boots.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Dialogue Boa a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain boots.
Boots: Salomon Dialogue Focus Boa
Price: $349 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 86.4/100
Compared to other All-Mountain Boots
Out of the 33 all-mountain boots that I rated:
Overview of the Dialogue Boa’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Dialogue Boa's specs and available sizes.
Who are the Dialogue Boa Most Suited to?
The Dialogue Boa is a great option for anyone look for a boot with enough power and response but also a fair amount of forgiveness. A good middle ground for riding both semi-aggressive and riding playful.
All of the above and a need for heel hold and a like for the Boa lacing system makes the ideal candidate for this boot.
Not ideal for beginners, but fine for anyone from low intermediate and up. Not suited to wide feet (but they do come in a "Dialogue Focus Boa Wide" which may be a good fit if you have wide feet).
Best matched with 4/10 to 6/10 flexing boards, IMO.
The Dialogue Boa in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Dialogue Boa are capable of.
Boots: Salomon Dialogue Focus Boa 2019
Size: 10 (US Men's Sizing)
Date: February 10, 2020
Conditions: Sunny first thing, with some clouds later. But good visibility all day.
Quite cold. Not much wind, but what wind there was, was cold.
Hard packed on groomer with the occasional icy patch, but only in the shade and not many spots.
Off groomer a little crunchy in places but fine in other spots.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Board Demoed With: Rossignol One LF 2018
Bindings Demoed With: Burton Malavita 2017
Outersole Length: 31.8cm (mondo 28.0cm)
Difference between Mondo & Outersole: 3.8cm
Backstay Height: 27.3cm
Weight: 1180 grams*
* Average of a sample of boots I weighed was 1006 grams, so a bit heavier than the average, but not overly heavy. Heaviest were 1320 grams and lightest were 740 grams.
They feel like a solid medium. Not stiffer than medium, but firm enough.
Width: Salomon boots are known for being quite narrow and the Dialogue Boas are certainly narrower than normal. But I'd say just on the narrower side of medium - nothing crazy narrow. They were a good fit on my feet and I have regular width feet. If you have wide feet though, you should look at the "Dialogue Focus Boa Wide" instead.
True to Size?: Typically Salomon boots are true to size for me. But the Dialogue Boa I tried was borderline running 1/2 size large. i.e. I felt like I could ride the 9.5 when I would usually ride a 10. That said, the 10 was fine, and it was a good size for demoing, but I think if I owned them the 10 might pack out too much and the 9.5 would perhaps be the better fit. Again, not usually the case with Salomon I have found, but felt that way with these.
High or Low Arch: Pretty much medium, like most boots out there, but if I had to say, they are maybe just a touch on the side of high for the arch. So, if you have high arches, they might be worth checking out. I don't have high arches, so I couldn't say for sure, but it felt like there's was just that little bit more room on top of the foot vs the average boot.
Good balance of response at high speeds and agility at slower speeds. They give you a good bit of power for bombing and holding a deep carve (without being epic, but still really good) but also are forgiving enough and help with when you want a surfier ride or just casually riding too.
There's some heel lift there, but that's the case with 99.9% of boots, I find. But it's pretty minimal and all the heel hold I would want. Didn't notice that lift while riding, only when really trying to lift the heels.
The Dialogue Focus Boa are double boas, so there is one adjusting the upper part of the outer boot and one adjusting the lower part. But they aren't totally independent. A couple of wires are shared between both boas, which gives you great pull for the ankle, but does mean that you can't adjust the lower and upper sections completely independently.
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I felt a tiny bit of calf bite initially, but that quickly went away, and otherwise are all round very comfortable. No pressure points and no cramping. Felt like I could ride these all day from the moment I put them on.
They absorb shock from flat landings and from chatter really well. As good as my test boots (Vans Aura) which I find to be really good for absorbing shock too.
Really decent board feel. A natural feeling boot. The sole is relatively flexy and a relatively low tread depth probably helps there.
Not the grippiest looking sole and not the deepest in terms of tread depth, but overall felt like a good quality sole. Didn't walk in anything too treacherous but just based on sole inspection seems pretty good.
I was on the 2019 model and they are quite bulky, being 3.8cm longer on the outer sole vs the mondo. I can't confirm it, but the 2020 model is supposed to have a much more reduced footprint.
The liner has a typical pully lace harness for the liner, but the way it locks is unique to Salomon (of the boots I've tried). There's a little locking mechanism that's kind of like a switch. Hard to explain in words, but easy to use in real life.
Getting my foot in was a bit of an effort but once in it felt very comfortable, but a little tricky to get in (which I've found with a couple of Salomon boots).
Once you're in it's pretty straight forward though, with that lace harness for the liner and then the 2 boas on the outer boot. Not ultra fast, but faster than traditional lace - and only subtly slower than speed lace, really.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
The Dialogue Boa strikes a great balance as being a comfortable, responsive yet forgiving boot, with good shock absorption and a nice feel.
The 2019 model is quite bulky, but the 2020 model is supposed to have a much more reduced footprint. So, once I get my hands on a 2020 or 2021 model, the score could go higher, assuming the other elements remain the same (or get better).
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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