Landing near the top of the list for our testers, the Monarch's lacing system, while initially intimidating, proved intricate, efficient, and strangely satisfying once figured out. These beefy boots with their snug, secure fit also served up exceptional, immediate pain-free comfort. But even without a noticeable break-in period, the Monarch never felt mushy. In fact, its middle-of-the-road flex combined with a natural and responsive boot-to-board connection resulted in immediate familiarity, creating an at-home feel across any conditions or terrain.
Boot Features & Details
- TLS 5 Twin closure
- Cloud 3 liner
- Rubber/EVA outsole
- Anatomical footbed
- MSRP $240.00
Rad: Enough comfort to last from morning through happy hour.
Bad: Not the warmest boot of the test.
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.