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 Post subject: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:40 am 
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I know it's early but anyone have any time in these boots yet?

http://ridesnowboards.com/boots/insano-focus-boa

I've never been a big fan of Ride but this boot looks good, feels pretty good (in the store) and I dig the dual boa idea. And an Intuition liner never hurts either.

Specifically wondering how stiff these boots feel when they're strapped into a binder. Any info is greatly appreciated.

Thanks y'all...

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:10 pm 
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I've been eying this as my next softboot setup as well... x2 on any reviews

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:52 pm 
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No review, but those look pretty cool.

I was on dual boas (Vans) last year for the first time, and I like 'em a lot. :thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:01 am 
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The Insano is similar to last year's Strikes, which I own and modded to be mountaineering boots. So far, they are killer. Just the right kind of flex I want in a soft boot. My boots have original laces..

I'm not too jazzed on the double BOA however. Mainly for 2 reasons: 1) I don't like the fit (most of the time, my T1 internal BOA boots do great), and 2) If your BOA breaks in the BC, you've just shit in a can. Laces are an easy and fast fix...

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:00 am 
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Here's the response I just got from our local rep:

"The flex definitely mellows out and has a nice long sweet spot. I have 3 team riders on that boot and it breaks in super nice!"

That's encouraging. As far as the Boa breakage, I'm not concerned about that--their website claims a less than 1% breakage rate. I figure if they're good enough for JJ up in AK then they're good enough for me.

Anyway, I just pulled the trigger. I'll post a review when I get some time in them...

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:56 pm 
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Tried them on a few times. They are stiffer than T1s or Malamutes. The way the boa works on the lower part is pretty good (more centered over the tongue), but if I were going to have two boas, I'd want one for the inner liner.

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:48 pm 
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The liner of my K2 T1's just blew up this week, and I sent them to the rep for warrantee.

In the meantime, I bought a pair of the Ride RFL's. This stands for "real fuckin light", and they are! They are SOOOOO light.... Not great for crampons and mountaineering, but I'm really excited to split with them because they feel like a great stiffness, and skinning with seriously ounces on your feet gets me stoked! Kicking steps should be a breeze!

http://ridesnowboards.com/boots/rfl

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:31 pm 
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So I've been on these boots for almost 20 days now and am pretty stoked. A few minor issues but I dig the flex and have been stoked on the feel on longer tours thus far.

Full review here (better late than never :mrgreen: ): http://emceightdaysaweek.blogspot.com/2 ... boots.html

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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:23 am 
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The Insano is definitely a solid boot.

As far as being worried about the cables breaking. If you are on a hut/extended trip, bring some replacement cables. They are super easy to replace. For a day trip, a Voile strap wrapped around your boot will work in a pinch. It's pretty rare to break the cables though. I've done it twice, early on in my Boa experience. It was due to me not taking care of my boots.


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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:13 am 
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@ Killclimbz, Dangerous E

I'd be highly interested in its weight, but Ride isn't answering my e-mails...

Could you weigh yours, if you've time to?

Thanks a lot!


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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:54 pm 
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I can say they are some of the lighter boots out there right now. I'll try to put them on a scale this weekend and report back.


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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:45 pm 
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I received an answer from Ride:
Insano Focus Boa, Size 12, 1100g


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 Post subject: Re: Ride Insano Focus Boa
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:40 pm 
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Any word on the durability of these beasts. I am looking at 4 days a week of resort riding as I will be patrolling, plus 3 days on the split.

I am hoping they are willing to hold up on a 150 day + season for the price, I have had boots break within less.


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