DC TRAVIS RICE $400
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.
RAD: A comfortable boot that’s pleasing on the eyes. BAD: The sole could use more traction.