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Gear Review

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Vans Encore Snowboard Boot

I ordered a pair of Vans Encore snowboarding boots in December, and, after less than 2 weekends of use, the stitching that holds the fitting in for the Boa lacing cable on the left foot came apart. Upon further inspection I saw that on both feet the fittings near the toes were coming loose. The only customer review that I could find reflected the exact same problem. I busted my ass pretty bad when my boot got loose all of a sudden right before I took a jump. Plus, when my boots broke, I had already loaned my spare pair of boots to a friend who was on some other part of the mountain, so it pretty much ruined the rest of that trip for me.
It's really too bad because the boots look rather cool, were very comfortable, and the toes didn’t stick out over the edge of the board. And it's such an easily remedied flaw. I hope that Vans fixes it so that they can sell a comfortable Boa boot at a decent price that doesn’t fall apart. However, even if they do, this will probably be the last Vans product that I ever buy. And I’m telling all of my friends.