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February 27, 2013
I have been snowboarding for 20 years, moving up from steel toe army boots to these DCs, trying everything in between. I've never worn a boot this responsive.
Admittedly, on the first day they were very uncomfortable on my toes. I was still able to make it from first chair to close, though, doing some pretty heavy riding. By day three, they were perfectly broken in with no more pain. Also, I'm a person who commonly has pain across the tops of my feet (particularly my left foot as I ride regular most often) and in my ankles. Due to the stiffness of these boots and the completely separate double boa design, I never had any foot or ankle pain, even from the moment I put them on. These are truly the first boots I have ever worn that are responsive and give me no pain (once I broke them in).
From a riding style standpoint, I've tried them in the park on my Evo and in the deep stuff on my T-Rice with Horsepower. Truly perfect for both.
The only reason I dropped these from five to four stars is because they looked completely worn after one day of use. This was especially true of my right (commonly back) foot. By habit, I use that foot to hold up my board while on the chairlift. Although these boots are stiff enough that I do not have to hold up the board to prevent foot numbness, I still hold it up to prevent knee soreness. The few times I held the board under the edge, as opposed to under the bindings or my other boot, left deep gashes in the leather. In other words, the leather looks good out of the box, but it does not wear very well (at least from a looks standpoint). That being said, it is probably the leather design that allows the boots to break in so well, so there is probably a trade off.
All in all, these are the most responsive, most comfortable, and best boots I have ever worn. While maybe not the most qualified, I am pretty qualified to make that statement since I have owned at least 5 different pairs of dedicated snowboard boots over the last 19 years and have demo'd at least 20 more. If you don't care about your boots looking worn (and I don't), I doubt you will find a better pair. At this point, having ridden them half a season, I can't imagine going back to something less stiff or less comfortable. Despite picking up two new boards this season, these are probably the most important purchase I made and helped make every day on the mountain a little more enjoyable and a little less painful.
Saw in a picture there was a lip under the inside boa wheel for protection? haven't seen it in other pictures. can anyone verify??
November 8, 2012
Its there to protect the side boa from snagging and breaking on stuff that you might catch your inside foot on, like when your on a sled or even just swinging your foot over a barstool in the lodge
By: John Frank
January 2, 2013
They do have a "U" around the boa on the inside of the boot and they also are a full grain leather instead of the reinforced fabric on the judge. in my opnion the judge is a great boot but the t. rice comes with a few nice extras
By: Tim Bohlken
November 9, 2012
was gonna ask the same question. i was also wondering this. cause if it doesn't come with it then its basically just the DC Judge boot but more expensive.
Sorry this isnt an answer, just throwing in my 2 cents on asking the same question as you.
By: ellis johnson
November 8, 2012
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February 11, 2013
from the first time I put it on its been an awesome boot. went from a ride anthem 2009 to this. The dual boa is nice to have and the wider foot fits way better with my bindings.
boots breath really well and traction is good.
front lacing system can catch on the leather if you don't pay attention and have it all loose.
waiting to see if I break the laces on these boots as I snapped the ones on my anthems every year. Boa those has life time warranty and free replacements :).
If you want a nice stiff boot with heel locks. This may be something to try on.