Hello and welcome to my review of the ThirtyTwo Binary Boa snowboard boots.
In this review I will assess the suitability of 32’s Binary Boa boots for Freestyle riding.
How they Are Rated
For the purpose of this review the Binary Boas will be rated on the following:
- Reduced Footprint
- Heel Hold
- Shock Absorption
32 Binary Boa Overview
Boots: Thirty Two Binary Boa
Price: $264 RRP
Lacing System: Double Boa
Flex: Medium (5 out of 10)
Here are some stats relating to a bunch of freestyle boots I looked at. Of 51 boots I assessed as freestyle boots:
- The average score was 76
- The highest score was 90
- The lowest score was 61
- The Binary Boas were ranked 3rd
Right, let’s take a closer look at how these boots performed in some of the specific categories.
Surprisingly, a lot of the top ranked freestyle boots had a medium flex (as opposed to a soft or medium-soft as I would have expected), including the Binary Boas.
Whereas the highest ranking freestyle snowboards and freestyle bindings were almost exclusively soft or medium soft flexing.
That’s not to say that you can’t go with medium-soft or soft boots for freestyle riding but from the one’s I looked at the boots with soft and medium-soft flex tended to lack in other areas that are desirable for freestyle riding.
Certainly leaving the upper section of the boot looser – easily done with the Binary Boa’s double Boa lacing system – will allow for more flex around that area if you feel you need it.
But I digress!
Whilst response is not a crucial area for freestyle riding it is a nice to have especially if you like riding freestyle on the trails – or if you like to hit large or x-large jumps or the pipe.
Partially due to their medium flex and perhaps largely due to their ability to lock down the heel, the Binary Boas produce awesome response – even more so than would be expected out of a medium flexing boot.
Learn more about the Binary Boas in the video Below
O.k. this video is getting old now but not too much has changed between the 2014 and 2016 models so most of the info is still relevant – the boots just look quite different now.
Speaking of heel hold, the Binary Boas excel in this area.
This of course will depend on the shape and size of your ankles and heels but these bad boys should lock down most heels.
This due to internal j-bars in the boot liner, ankle wraps on the external part of the liner (which should also help to eliminate any potential pressure points) and a fully heat mold-able liner that will conform to your foot.
If you’re still having trouble with heel hold in these boots you can also get a separate heel hold kit that insert for even better heel hold.
Crucial for any freestyle boot is shock absorption. Whether you’re doing laps of the park all day, hitting natural hits on the rest of the mountain or climbing the pipe walls, you’ll need that shock absorption to absorb all the impact of the day’s riding.
32’s Binary Boas don’t disappoint here.
They have EVA padding in both the sole of the boot and in the internal footbed to provide some serious padding and dampening.
All that shock absorbing padding will also help these boots to be super comfortable.
That and other bits of technology, like:
- the ankle wrap on the liner for eliminating pressure points as mentioned earlier; plus
- a neoprene toe cap to help reduce toe pressure; and
- a liner made from dense ‘intuition’ foam
all help to contribute to a really comfortable, light feeling boot.
The Final Score
O.k. cool – let’s look at the breakdown of the overall score.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||88.1/100|
That’s a pretty awesome rating – it’s no wonder they rated 3rd in my top men’s freestyle snowboards boot list.
User Reviews, Current Prices and More on the Binary Boas
I hope you have found this review useful and now are more informed about the Binary Boa and their suitability as freestyle snowboard boots.
When checking for the cheapest price always check to make sure the shipping is free – it normally will be within the US if you are shopping in a US store.
If you are interested in checking out some other freestyle snowboard boot options check out the link below.