If you're looking for easy to get in and out of make sure you get boots with velcro instead of laces. The laces are such a pain in the ass and require both hands. Not to mention the laces wear out and can break, mine are about to pop on my ronix ones. As soon as these boots blow up (had them 6 months, already shredded) I'm probably going to pick up another pair of LF cradles, or maybe vantage.
Both can have their issues, but having dealt with both, I generally prefer laces. Both could be done better. Velcro should have no sharp edge (that they always have) to tighten over that chew up the cheap fake leather they use in no time.
Laces you get better heel hold, but eventually they all begin to slip when exposed to the extended use of kiteboarding.
I never lace up until a few minutes into my session and out of harms way. Lacing up on land is a bad idea. Our typical launch is a hop in off a breakwall, so its a step in and boost off into the water. None of the hassle people put themselves through or site as inconvenience associated with boots.
Velcro is definitely faster, but I would only opt for velcro upper. Lower .... lace all the way.
I find getting in to dry boots much easier. I make sure my laces are wide open and pull the tongue forward before I launch the kite and can generally just step in nice and smooth. Once their wet, I typically have to put one hand down and grab the handle on the back of the boot to tug a bit while stepping in. If your using an older style boot with no lycra lining and just the foam, then yeah, there is no easy way. Even wakeboarders used to keep a bottle of dish soap in the boat for those.
Undo laces to full loose while out in the deep and wiggle the foot and ankle on the way back in to the launch is enough that I can just pull out one foot, place it on the board and pull out the other nice and quick.
Boards that suit boots are going to be a bit wider, longer, stiffer, with more rocker than standard kiteboards. They often have some bottom channels these days so they suit small/no fins. At 5'11" and 180 lbs I have settled around 142x42ish. Most are fairly typical freeride kiteboard outline and not the super fat square tip that some more freestyle oriented kiteboards use.
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