TESTED + APPROVED:
Freeride boots & bindings
Since its inception four years ago, Tested + Approved has swiftly and proudly established itself as snowboarding’s most comprehensive product test. With an endless sea of gear to choose from—bindings and boots, helmets and goggles, gloves and layers—it’s not getting any easier to know where to spend your money when seemingly everything is touted as the next great innovation. Our aim is to sort claims from competence
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 for submissions across an array of categories. We then distribute this gear to insightful, diehard shredders across the country with distinguished knowledge of product and an astute ability to critique it. Committed to eliminating inferior items, blown out soles, gimmicky tech, busted zippers, and fogged up lenses are sifted out.
In the pages to follow, we’ve found the best in freeride boots and bindings—products built to withstand the extensive abuse and demands of our allterrain endeavors. Whether setting bootpacks in the Sierras, strapping in for waist-deep turns in Jackson, or rallying through thigh-burning berms in the Rockies, the following offerings proved themselves in comfort, durability, and response. So before you start plotting this winter’s missions, inbounds or out, take a moment to flip through the ensuing selection. You may find the next boot and binding worthy of sinking your feet into.