DC TRAVIS RICE $400

Transworld Snowboarding - - MEN’S FREERIDE BOOTS -

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.

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