Expert Review: Ride Jackson Snowboard Boots · 2022
This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
The Ride Jackson Snowboard Boots are great for the beginner to intermediate rider. A mid-flexed boot that won’t break the bank, it is comfortable and will perform for the weekend rider just wanting to have fun.
About the boots I own
- Model: 2022 Ride Jackson
- Size: 10.5R
- Lacing type: Single BOA
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 225lbs
- Street shoe size: 11
- Foot shape: Medium arch, regular width
- Experience: Two years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: January 2022
- Days used: 20
- Board: Salomon Super 8
- Bindings: 2022 Arbor cypress
- Where I’ve used it: Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain
- Terrain: Groomers, trees, powder
How they perform
What I was looking for
I needed a new boot because my old ones were at the end of their life. I had heard good things about the Ride boot and decided to give it a try. I wanted a mid-flexing boot that would be comfortable for long days on the mountain.
Why I chose this gear
I chose this boot because of the easy lacing system that it had. I have only worn laced boots in the past and wanted to try a BOA boot. What I liked most was the exterior tongue-tightening system. I don't like fiddling with the interior tongue-tightening systems, especially when taking out the boot liner.
What I love about them
- Size: The boot runs true-to-size for a snowboard boot.
- Shock absorption: The boot has good cushioning in the sole. I never had an issue when hitting jumps and having my feet hurt afterward.
- Responsiveness: It responds as a mid-flexed boot should. The boot can drive into a hard carve and also give a surfy response when I want to go more mellow.
- Grip: I have never had an issue when walking on snow or ice. I was stuck waiting for a lift line that was on a slope. Standing in these boots, I didn't feel like I would slip or fall.
- Ease of use: Very intuitive when it comes to the lacing system. They’re easy to put on and take off. The tongue-tightening system is convenient to have on the exterior rather than the interior. The single BOA works well in combination and gives a secure feel when tightened.
- Weight: I found the boot to be lightweight and not heavy or bulky. The boot fit into my binding perfectly and I didn’t have to worry about getting it stuck when stepping out. The lightweight construction of the boot doesn’t make my jumps feel weighed down.
- Versatility: It can handle pretty much all terrain. I was able to get these on freshly groomed corduroy, powder, choppy snow, and icy snow. In every condition, I felt locked in and the soles of this boot helped dampen any rough terrain on the mountain. My knees were happy at the end of the day.
- Comfort: These boots feel comfortable when cruising groomers, but I found my feet getting tired on long, hard-charging runs. I still have the stock insole and will probably change it out for a more cushioned one.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Warmth: It’s not the warmest of boots, but I also tend to wear lightweight socks. On extremely cold days, I could definitely feel my toes going cold until I was warmed up after a couple of runs. I don't personally layer socks, but that could definitely resolve the issue.
- Heel hold: I find that later in the day the BOA will loosen and my heel will slip out a bit. I have had to stop in the middle of runs to re-tighten the boot.
- Durability: There are a few busted stitches on the outside of the boot that do not affect the ride or feel of the boot—just a cosmetic issue. The toe cap shows wear from resting the binding on the boot while riding chair lifts. The rubber sole is coming loose, but my stomp pad is pretty rough.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment in this boot is the first time I put it on, it has that locked-in feeling that just hugs the foot. After getting off of the lift and strapping in, I set off down the mountain and locked into a toeside carve. My heels felt locked into the boot and I knew it was going to be a good day.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think the boot is worth the money for those not doing big, hard-charging runs. It feels great on groomers and when hitting small to medium jumps. For a free-ride style of rider, I would recommend a higher-end boot from Ride like the Lasso Pro or the Deadbolt.
This boot is a great all-mountain boot that can handle anything I throw at it. For the money, it will do a great job keeping the rider comfortable in a variety of terrain.