32 Lashed Snowboarding Boots: Review

I bought the 2004/2005 32 Lashed snowboard boots. Strictly speaking this isn’t a comparative review as I was moving away from the Salomon Malamutes, which are a different kettle of fish all together. However, some features of a snowboarding boot are the same whether it’s a freestyle, freeride or an all-round boot (e.g. the lacing system).

So I was looking for a more freestyle orientated boot. At the time I was totally pleased with the Malamutes, but when I started to do more jibbing, especially on the indoor slopes I found that they were too stiff. Flex was the main motivation…

How Light?
However, the thing that drew me to the Lashed boots was their weight. From the moment I picked up the 32s in the shop, I knew that they were light. Seriously light. I haven’t tried this on an accurate set of scales (maybe I should?), but the old test of holding one boot in the left hand and another in the right speaks pretty loudly here. You can easily tell the difference when you put them on… it’s like walking around in a pair of sneaks!

This actually made me think that they were pure freestyle boots, but 32 push them as all-mountain. I suppose the label doesn’t matter though if the boot works for you.

Laces
The other feature of the 32s that interested me was the basic lace set up: velcro, laces and hooks. The Salomons used the pull-and-lock-off set up, which although very easy to use, had two things that I didn’t like: firstly they seemed to loosen off after hard/long riding and secondly, the clip thing that you’re supposed to hook onto the edge of your boot always fell off, and ended up clattering around your bindings.

Plain old laces seemed to be exaclty what I wanted: a double knot that wasn’t going anywhere. Simple.

And they’re great. I tie them up once at the start of the day and don’t bother with any re-tying. No need. The laces just stay right where you put them. Although I’ve got to say that the gadgetary of other lacing systems (lock-off, hooks, boa etc.) do have advantages. I sometimes find myself fumlbing with those pesky hooks… the lace is always jumping out. This might not be a problem for those with a little more dexterity!

Fit
The best thing about the 32s in my opinion is the fit. Of course the same boot might be a great fit for one person and a horrible fit for another: feet come in different shapes and sizes! However the design of a boot can help out a lot.

Although the boots are relatively soft, as you bend and flex, the boot keeps it shape and hold with your ankle and leg. The softer flex doesn’t seem to compramise the control as the boot bends. I think there are three things that contribute to this:

  • A velcro strap that goes around the top of the inner boot, preventing the inner from opening up
  • The control/freedom that you get with the simple laces, you can have the boot tight where you want it tight
  • The tying mechanism for the inner boot: an ‘ankle brace’ that it attached to the outer boot behind the inner boot. When you tie the inner boot it is pulled-in against the outer

This setup really makes the whole boot work in sync with your feet/ankles/legs. Even though it’s a soft’ish boot you still feel like you’ve got great control. Consequently I don’t really notice the boots when I’m riding. The fit is great.

The Inner Boot
I’m going to mention the inner boot and it’s molding capabilities – which is somewhat of a double edged sword. (I think) You can have them molded to your feet when you buy them, but I was told you get a better fit if you let the moulding happen naturally. Whether or not that’s true, that’s what I did. Besides, I didn’t have a choice because I bought them on eBay 🙂

It works. The inners totally match the shape of my feet/ankles. For me this is an excellent feature as my right ankle is permanently swollen so it needs more space than the left. Great comfort and fit.

But… it has been noted (strongly) by others that the inners stink. My two previous set of snowboard boots never smelled (honestly), but these 32s are always the worst culprit in the chalet. To further back this claim up, I visited some seasonairres’ accommodation last season where the majority of the lads were riding 32 boots. They all stank! I think it must be the material of the inners…

Of course I’m kinda joking with this point, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Chances are you’ll leave your boots somewhere out of the way and the performance clearly isn’t effected. You never know though, it might put some people off!

Overall
The 32 Lashed boots are excellent. Not a single complaint. Thanks to the design of the inner boot and how it works with the outer boot, I don’t seem to get heel lift or ‘opening’ at the top. The boots feel great to ride in, it’s like I don’t notice them, and they’re like sneakers to walk around in. Being super light and having a soft’ish flex they work well for me as a freestyle boot and perform great around the mountain. If I was doing a lot of aggressive freeriding I’d probably want something stiffer – but I’m not. Fumbling with the laces was the best I could do for a negative point. And besides, once they’re done up you don’t need to worry anymore. I know that there are other compelling freestyle/park boots out there that claim light weight, low profile and the like. No doubt some of them are great too – just like these 32s, that I can’t fault!

If you’re looking to buy the 32 Lashed boots, or other boots by 32, check out the selection from dogfunk.

10 Comments

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Anonymous

    Your review of the Lashed boots is awesome! I like how descriptive and detailed you were 🙂 I just bought a pair but haven’t had a chance to test them out yet. These will be my third pair of snowboarding boots ~ my Salomons were really loose and my Burtons were a bit tight. Hopefully, my my 32 Lashed will fit just right.Thanks!Helena

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Hey, I’m glad you like the review, thanks. I’m pretty sure you’ll like your new 32s – they’re great!Gavin

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Damn it! I wish mine had that 🙂

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    north star rider24

    oddly my lased boots dont smell at all it came with a special bacteria thats in the fabric that i guess lives off the sweat and stuff in the boot

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    No problems mate! Enjoy the snowboarding, and the new setup! We’ll talk when you get back,Gav

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Martino

    Hey Gav,Picked up some 32 lashed, thanks for the tip. Hopw Morzine is going well, I will be in Serre Chevalier soon, can’t wait! Got the k2 believer aswell! Will let you know how the set up goesmartino

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Anonymous

    I would I have these boots and I would strongly recommend NOT buying them, for day trips they seem to be fine but if you use them for extended periods of about 4 days or more they begin to make a mess of your achiellis heel because of some stupidly designed padding either side of your achiellis heel that are constantly pushing up either side of it, after a few days it will feel like you have two spikes either side of your heel and you will most likely be in pain, or atleast thats what I got…

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Anonymous

    That’s strange, must be your feet I’m afraid, I’ve been riding these for weeks and no issues. I think your heel may suit a wider heeled boot.

  • Reply December 5, 2011

    cameron

    Are the inners a necessity? Not just on these boots, but on any snowboard boot? I find that i can fit my feet into a size ten boot with no inner yet with an inner i need 13’s..

    Thanks, Cameron

  • Reply December 6, 2011

    Gavin

    Hey Cameron – the inners are an absolute necessity: comfort, control, warmth, the list goes on…

    the boots just wouldn’t work without them!

    Cheers,
    Gavin

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