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Ride The ‘92 Boots

- published March 2017

93

2017

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
9
Weight/Response
8
Durability
9
Versatility
8
Traction
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

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$419.95
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THE GOOD

  • Clean & innovative look
  • Low profile
  • Grippy & cushioned outsole

THE BAD

  • Pricey

THE VERDICT

The ‘92 Boot from Ride is a medium flex all-mountain boot that helps riders dial in fit quickly thanks to a superlative dual Boa that makes heel lift a thing of the past and provides a better fit than similar systems. Light underfoot, the Michelin outsole performs well all over the mountain, including good grip in the parking lot. But all that tech will set you back—it’s the most expensive boot we tested. 

FULL REVIEW

Fit/Comfort
Ride’s The ‘92 Boot includes a heat moldable insole that makes for a great fit and minimal break in period. The tongues on the ‘92 open wide, making it easy to put on and a great choice for folks with bad ankles that have a tough time putting on boots. Once the ‘92 is on your foot, two Boa lacing system helps you dial down tightness. A velcro strap across the shin snugs it all down and a layer of fabric that’s secured with a zipper keeps the lower Boa laces covered.  All these qualities combine to create the most comfortable and best fitting boot in this test.

Weight/Response
A lightweight boot, the ‘92 feels even better underfoot. It also toes the line of being too light—once that happens, durability becomes an issue—without going over that line. 

Durability
The durability is solid. As mentioned, we wear this boot more than any of the rest and the all black number still looks great and shows minimal signs of aging. 

Versatility
The ‘92 is on the softer side of all mountain. It is versatile enough for some park laps and is in the sweet spot for most. It has been our go to boot since we received it because it’s great all over the mountain, without being too stiff. 

Traction
The outsole is a Michelin product. The tire maker knows a thing or two about rubber and the road and the boot offers amazing traction on snow and ice. 

How We Tested It

The boots in this test were used inbounds and off-piste in variable snow conditions at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mammoth Mountain and in the Eastern Sierra as well as at various resorts in Utah.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other snowboard boot test, snowboard tests, helmet tests, and other related snowboarding gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar

Stephen Krcmar is a passionate snowboarder, cyclist, and motorcyclist. His ugly mug has sullied season passes at Killington, Sunday River, Big Sky, A Basin, and Mammoth Mountain, which he’s called hometown hill for the last decade. Although he’s lived in Mammoth Lakes full-time for five years, he now splits his time between Mammoth and Los Angeles because the mountain-urban one-two punch is the new bicoastal.

Krcmar has written about the outdoors and gear for Bicycling, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles Times, Outside, Gear Junkie.com, and The New York Times. He’s worked as a bike mechanic, bike messenger in in New York (pre-Giuliani) and Boston, and has tailed (just barely) alley cat cinematographer extraordinaire, Lucas Brunelle, through rush hour traffic for a story.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$419.95
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit/Comfort
9
Weight/Response
8
Durability
9
Versatility
8
Traction
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

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