The Guide has a lot going on—literally, in the form of laces, Boa, and a Velcro strap, but also in the sense of its versatility. Its moniker hints at backcountry usage, and it's certainly rugged enough to hold up in such a setting. But the snowboarder who will appreciate this boot is not limited to any one category of rider; it's one who seeks flex. The Guide is not stiff by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, riders found it among the softest in the test. It's the type that would well serve a freerider with aptitude for tweaks and surf-inspired slashes.

Boot Features & Details

  • Boa HeelLock harness
  • GripLight outsole
  • PowerStay strap
  • Leather construction
  • MSRP $400.00

Rad: A versatile and flexible boot.

Bad: Not for those seeking stiffness.

Rome’s Guide SRT features a durable leather construction, designed for missions both inbounds and out. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The rugged, rubber toe cap held up to plenty of abuse. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Between the Boa HeelLock Harness and the PowerStay Strap, the Guide proved to be a snug and secure boot. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

the GripLight Outsole features Vibram ECOSTEP for increased traction. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The dual-density liner is heat moldable for a personalized fit. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

While advertised toward aggressive backcountry usage, testers actually found this boot to be softer than advertised, making it a suitable option for the freestyle-minded freeriders out there. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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