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Ride uses the Lasso Boot to round up its best, most essential features on a more affordable platform. Its medium flex (6 out of 10 on Ride's scale) makes it an extremely capable all-mountain freestyle boot, or even a big-mountain freeride boot for guys who like a bit more flex when they're charging hard.
The first thing that you'll notice about the Lasso is its Boa Focus lacing system. You know how effective Boa is, and you know that it's pretty much changed the way we view boot fitting. Well, Focus takes it to the next level. Using internal cable reels, Focus allows you to achieve a precise fit in two zones—upper and lower—for a custom fit every time you wear the boot. The Lasso also adds Tongue Tied, which uses a Boa reel to lock the tongue in place, secure the ankle, and provide unheard-of heel hold for better edge control and an end to heel blisters. The Closer lace guide at the forefoot drives lace power down and evens the tension throughout the boot for a close, responsive fit without pressure points. The inner liner uses Lock Down Turbo to make it easier to get the liner tight and simple to release at the end of the day. Speaking of the inner liner, it's an Intuition Support Foam Liner. That means it's thermo-moldable to fit your foot perfectly and antimicrobial to reduce boot-stink. Ride also included removable external J-bars that allow you to lock your heel down inside the boot while providing added comfort.
Shock-absorbing duties are taken care of by Ride's 3D-formed dual-density EVA foam Impacto insole, so your next flat landing won't feel so flat. The Blown Light Apex Sole is made with lightweight Phylon and comes equipped with a gel pod to absorb impacts. To round out the Lasso, Ride hooked it up with a natural-feeling articulating cuff and a 3D-formed tongue to eliminate shin-bang forever.
- Boa Focus with Tongue Tied closure
- Medium flex (6 out of 10 on Ride's scale)
- Intuition thermomoldable Support Liner with Aegis antimicrobial treatment
- Gel Pod impact Heel
- Dual-density EVA insole
- Impacto insole with TPU cradle heel
- Blown Light Apex Phylon sole with rubber pods
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Boa Laces started to fray 6 hours in..
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The fit of the boot is great. They kept my feet warm and dry. It's a comfortable boot. True to size. Great flex. Unfortunately the metal laces started to fray about 6 hours of use. I sent them back to Backcountry and currently am waiting on a pair of Ride Jackson BOA. Later found out that the Boa system has a lifetime warranty with Boa. Also you CAN NOT send anything back to RIDE unless you purchase it directly from RIDE. You have to send it back to the authorized RIDE dealer you purchased it from. I like these boots but disappointed with the Boa system laces. I like the BOA system in general and will try it again. You do have to re-tighten after walking in them.
Backcountry did an excellent job exchanging these for me and sending me out another pair even before they received my old boots.
Lightweight, Great Flex and Heel Hold
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am coming from the DC Judge which fit my food and ankle perfectly, however one of the boas broke. The Judge fits differently this year (not as good in my opinion). I was pretty bummed and was afraid I wouldnt find another boot that fit as well. I have a wider forefoot and a pretty skinny ankle and calf. From my experience its tough to find a boot the eliminates heel lift. I wear a size 10.
I am extremely pleased with the Lasso. They feel broken in out of the box. The foreward flex is really nice which allows you to actively use your ankle joints when riding. In my opinion stiff boots can really limit your ankle joint range of motion which can hurt your riding. I didnt weight these boots, but they feel light on my feet. The best part about these boots is the heel hold. The new system by Ride with the 2nd boa tightening the instep of the boot really works. I have ZERO heel lift with these boots. Boots are the most important piece of snowboarding equipment. If you have sloppy fitting boots its going to hold you back. They are comfortable and my feet have stayed warm. The construction seems to be very good, and they are noticeably less bulky than other boots I looked at. Toe and heel overhang isnt an issue on regular width boards. I wouldnt say they are any "shorter" or "longer" than other boots out there. Any good boot is going to have some sort of footprint reduction. I would highly recommend these (if they fit your feet correctly).
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Lasso...a good boot
My first boot with the BOA closure system. In the past I tried the old BOA and found pressure points. These have the binary BOA which totally solved that problem for me.
I have normal width feet and bony ankles and find it difficult to get comfortable boots. These are definitely comfy.
You will have to re-tighten after walking in them and/or after your first ride of the day. I needed that less with laces but this is WAY easier with the dials. Also the ankle lockdown thing is amazing. Ride as hard as you want and there will be no heel lift for sure.
These are a 6/10 on the firmness scale. I recently tried on a pair of tridents (9/10) and if you have the cash to burn you need to check those out!
I do think the Lasso is in the sweet spot of price/quality and Ride stuff is great quality relative to most other brands.