ROME GUIDE SRT $400
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.
RAD: A versatile and flexible boot. BAD: Not for those seeking stiffness.