Gunslinger since I am new to this boot also, thanks for the tips !
I'm sure there are many ways to do this, but what I'm trying to avoid is having to re-adjust the cables every few weeks.
So, it appears, the choices are to trim more frequently, or adjust the cables longer. When the cables (gap between boot and buckle) are longer, then when you pull them tight, the tag end will be longer.....thus the velcro...to adjust the strap length.
My wife did have one come off, coming out of the Conasauga river ford on the Iron Mountain Trail....stuck it in the mud about 3 feet from the bank....glad she bought bright red!.....but she didn't have the bottom strap tightened enough.....which then kicked off a series of adjustments along with tightening the bottom strap a little tighter than recommended all while cold, wet, and muddy.
Hey, the Renegades aren't perfect....so don't be afraid to try different things....all in all, I still prefer them.