Rice's larger than average riding would suggest he rides stiffer than average footwear. Thus, testers were surprised by this boot's flex. Most were in agreement that its rigidity lies near the center, or even soft side, of the spectrum, especially toe-to-heel; lateral flex was slightly more rigid. It's more of an everyman's boot than its elite athlete endorsement would lead one to believe, which is testament to the idea that stiffness isn't inherently correlated with performance, but a matter of personal preference. The dual Boa design and zippered closure create a clean package that holds up well in backcountry situations or anywhere deep snow is involved.

Boot Features & Details

  • Dual Boa closure system
  • Asymmetrical Anti-Drag outsole
  • Aerotech Ventilation
  • Zippable Storm Flap
  • MSRP $400.00

Rad: A comfortable boot that's pleasing on the eyes.

Bad: The sole could use more traction.

Despite being advertised as a stiffer boot, testers found that DC’s Travis Rice fell closer to the middle of the flex spectrum. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

DC’s Aerotech Ventilation work to transfer moisture away from your foot; increasing warmth and dryness. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A zipper-equipped Storm Flap helps keep snow out of your boot. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Fast, easy, and highly effective. The tester’s praised the reliability and ease of use made possible by the dual Boa closure system. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The SuperFabric construction on the boot’s exterior held up to our testers’ abuse. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

While the Asymmetrical Anti-Drag Outsole does reduce toe and heel drag, testers felt as though it was lacking traction. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Tested + Approved 2019 presented by evo.com

Since its inception four years ago, Tested + Approved has swiftly and proudly established itself as snowboarding's most comprehensive and bullshit-free product test. With an endless sea of gear to choose from—bindings and boots, helmets and goggles, gloves, layers, and everything in between—it's not getting any easier to know where to spend your money when everything seems to be touted as the next great innovation in performance and technology. We set out to navigate this deep sea because, like everyone, we get bummed when something fails on its word.

We start the Tested + Approved process by reaching out to brands with reputable product offerings, asking them to submit qualifying gear across an array of categories. We then distribute this gear to insightful, diehard shredders across the country with distinguished product knowledge and an astute ability to critique it. Committed to eliminating inferior items, blown out soles, busted zippers, fogged up lenses, and gimmicky tech is sifted out. What remains is a collection of the industry’s most proven products; all of it Tested + Approved.

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