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I'm going to be in the market for rubber soled wading boots sometime this year. I just started doing some comparison and was looking at the Boa System. For those with experience with it what do you think? Are these systems reliable or do they have a tendency to break wire. I have never looked closely at a pair so I'm not sure what's involved to rewire them if needed. Easy to fix? Let me know your opinion please.

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I love mine on my Korkers, on my second pair. The Boots fell apart(6yrs) before any problems with the BOA. I will never do laces again.

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I’ve had two different versions, the first version had issues with the sleeves that the wires laced through. The newer version has significantly beefed that up, and opened up the radius to minimize wear and potential for jamming or kinking. I would also recommend that you do a bit better job about rinsing the ratcheting knob than I do. I usually get around to that when it starts getting sand and grit built up, but one of these days I swear I’m going to start doing it on a semi regular basis. I’m not quite as sold as Rifflehitch on Boa ... but almost, I definitely prefer them to regular laces. For what it’s worth, I’ve had more lace failures... but that typically an issue that’s much easier to solve out in the field.
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I love mine on my Korkers, on my second pair. The Boots fell apart(6yrs) before any problems with the BOA. I will never do laces again.
I've had nothing but great experience with the BOA System !!
I will never go back to laces either.
I have busted many laces ... and have never busted a wire yet. On my second pair of Korker boots as well. I put the first pair through hell and this second is not far behind, but yet they show very little signs of wear. Boa wires still look new.

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I’ll be the minority of one. Although I don’t dislike the Boa system and have a pair, I just can’t seem to get them tight enough, so usually default to laces.
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I’ve gone back to laces but the BOA closure system is very reliable and easy. LikeJason said
dont forget to take off the cap and clean the ratchet system of sand and gravel. It’s a nylon mech inside so it can wear out if not cleaned out. BOA kits that include cable and a new ratchet knob are easy to get and a snap to replace.
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I love my BOA laces - I have not used anything else since Korkers started making them available. Here is what I have learned though:

1. Make up a repair kit with a pair of extra laces, one winder kit, and a small pair of diagonal cutters. Carry it with you whenever you will be far enough from your vehicle that you don't want to retrace your steps. BOAs always fail after a 2 mile hike, not after a 100 yard walk.

2. BOA will provide replacement laces, and the winder system for free. Make sure that you have those parts on hand before you need them. When I get new boots, I take off the laces and measure them so I know what length I need. The laces are easier to remove when they have not been tightly wound, as is the case with well worn boots.

3. Inspect the laces periodically. Make sure that there are no frayed spots. If frayed spots get into the winding mechanism they can make it very difficult to remove the boot because the tongue won't open. If the frayed places are further down the boot, the weak spot will probably turn into a broken lace when you are two miles from the vehicle.

4. If you have very narrow feet, it is likely that when you cinch the laces tight you will coil enough wire onto the spool to overfill it. Overfilling scars the inside of the mechanism, making it very difficult to pop the button out at the end of the day. A solution is to carry a very small flat bladed screw driver and use that to gently pry the knob out. Overfilling can be avoided by simply shortening the wire by about 10cm. The laces come in 10cm increments, so I just order the next shorter length, ie, my boots take 140cm laces, so I order 130cm laces.

5. Make sure you pull your gravel guards over the winding mechanism! That will make a big difference in keeping very fine sand out of the mechanism.

Hope this helps. It sounds like the BOA system is nothing but trouble, but it is no problem at all with a bit of preventive maintenance.

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Thanks guys. So it looks like they are pretty reliable then. I will look closer at them now. Thanks again.

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Thanks guys. So it looks like they are pretty reliable then. I will look closer at them now. Thanks again.

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It is an awesome system, I’ve been running boa boots for 5-6 years now and the boot always gives out before I even get a chance to have problems with the wires. The Korkers dark horse are the best bang for the buck if you hike a lot and you are hard on boots imo. You will not be disappointed with those boots, light weigh, great support and you can run whatever sole you want!
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I've had poor experience with the wire breaking. To repair a traditional broken lace all you have to do is tie a knot. To repair a broken wire Boa Lace one must use what they have when your on the river. 12lb test Maxima does a poor job. Well you can always drive to the Fly Shop that sells all types of boots with the Boa lacing system and they tell you that that particular model replacement is not in stock. Then you get home and order a replacement wire online but the replacement doesn't come in time for your next trip so then you use some 40lb Maxima from your leader tying kit. And it kind of works but eventually fails halfway through the day. How F'ed up is this? If I had regular laces I could have just tied a knot? The Boa System was made for ski and snowboarding boots. Snow is not abrasive, sand is abrasive. My son had a lace brake and ended up 3 miles from his car and having to walk with a slipping boot back to the car. Yes you can buy a replacement wire to keep in your tackle bag, been there done that. Good luck threading a replacement wire in a wet boot when its 35 degrees out. Just look at the thick folded instruction sheet that comes in the replacement wire kit, many steps to perform. And the whole time your thinking "If I had a regular lace I could have just tied a F'ing knot!
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I had a pair of BOA equipped boots that I fished for 3 or 4 seasons before going back to laces. I'll be sicking with laces. I could never quite get the snug fit all the way around my foot with the BOA, and I found it hard to release, especially with cold hands. Never broke a wire or a lace in the field, but either way, laces are much, much easier, faster, and cheaper to repair. Overall, I just found more advantages with laces than with the BOA system.
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Since thatís the second mention about Boa laces not getting as snug, I will add this tid bit from my experience. I would agree that they do not cinch as evenly, which means that the upper ankle tightens down first, without necessarily tightening equally around the foot. Iíve found that if I snug them part way, then either walk around a bit in them or flex my ankles back and forth a bit to even the tension throughout the lacing, then on the final tightening it seems to do a much better job of getting snug all around my foot. Itís something minor enough that Iíve just got in the habit of cranking them down in stages.
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I will echo Jason's comment about re-tightening the BOA after walking and getting the Boots realy soaked, after all they will stretch a bit once wet. After more than 10yrs on 2 boots with BOA laces I have had zero issues, and have never done any maintenance.
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THAT is why I still boot foot waders. No laces, no wires, no eyelets, and no other potential trouble spots while on the river :-)

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