Tested with Ride Vapor SI boot.

Ease of entry: Average
Ease of exit: Good
Performance: Average
Snow clog factor: Average
Step in on the fly? Yes, but can miscue.

Highback: External

Ride’s latest retooling of the Device system has upped its step-in stock immensely. By employing the simple suggestion the company’d heard since the system came out, a cutaway was made in the back of the highback to provide a visual confirmation of engagement.

To engage, hook the toe clip on the bar, then the heel slides into place with a natural downward motion. The more forward lean, however, the harder it is to hit the sweet spot because the heel spur sometimes hangs up on the top of the highback.

Once in, the highback is as supportive as a traditional setup, and the interface feels solid while riding. Afterall, the Device system was the first step-in to go with an external highback-first by years.

Ride’s SE is mostly clog-free, but the mechanism can miscue, making you think you’re in when you’re not. Thankfully, the cutaway in the highback allows you to see if the heel spur is truly in without straining. Don’t judge an entry just by its sound-the second, more crucial “click” is hard to hear.

The mounting disks were well thought-out, but the highbacks could definitely be refined to fit more closely to the boots. The release is a one-hander and fairly unproblematic.

Thumbs up: Toe/heel interface offers solid response. New visual confirmation of entry.

Thumbs down: Like most external highback systems, ease of entry decreases with forward lean. Binding mechanism can increase heelside drag. Hard to engage from a seated position.

These companies also make Device-compatible boots: 5150, Liquid, and Oxygen.

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