TESTED + AP­PROVED:

Freeride boots & bind­ings

Transworld Snowboarding - - CONTENTS - Words: Tyler Ma­cleod + Pho­tos: Chris Well­hausen

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.

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