Expert Review: Ride Anthem Snowboard Boots · 2022

Published on 02/07/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
Matt Johnson, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Matt Johnson

All photos by Matt Johnson

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.

My take

The Ride Anthem Snowboard Boots are an absolute snag at their price. They offer BOA lacing for quick adjustments, plush and warm lining to keep toes comfy, and a well-constructed build sole for shock absorption and traction.

About the boots I own

  • Model: 2022 Ride Anthem Snowboard Boots
  • Size: 9.5 men’s regular
  • Lacing type: Single BOA

About me

  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 175lbs
  • Street shoe size: 10 men’s
  • Foot shape: Regular
  • Experience: 5 years of snowboarding

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: November 2021
  • Days tested: 20 days on the slopes
  • Board: 2021 Arbor Formula Camber
  • Bindings: 2021 Arbor Spruce
  • Where I’ve used it: Snowbowl, AZ; Park City, UT; and Whistler, B.C.
  • Terrain: Park, trees, groomers, and powder

How they perform

Ease of Use
Heel Hold
Shock Absorption

What I was looking for

I was looking for my first pair of snowboard boots to get me out of the rental lines. I was looking for an entry-level boot as I was still kind of new to boarding, and I needed a versatile boot to use on the whole mountain.

Why I chose this gear

I decided to buy these boots because they feature a BOA lacing system which I prefer over regular laces due to their speedy adjustability. I also wanted a medium flex boot that would be responsive but still allow some room for errors while I learned how to carve. I also considered the Vans Hi-Standard OG Snowboard Boots out of brand loyalty to Vans; however, I decided to go with the Ride Anthems due to their BOA lacing.

What I love about them

  • Size: I wear a size 10 in street shoes and a 9.5 in these boots. I would say these run true to size. I like to size down a half-size to prevent heel slippage while I ride.
  • Comfort: Thanks to the Intuition Plush Foam Liner in the inner boot lining, these boots formed to custom-fit my feet after a few days on the slopes. I haven’t experienced any outrageous foot cramps since I broke these in, and now they don’t even feel like I’m wearing snowboard boots.
  • Warmth: These boots have kept my feet warm in all conditions, from swimming in deep powder to slushy spring runs.
  • Heel hold: Thanks to the custom fit of the inner boots, I haven’t experienced any heel slippage.
  • Shock absorption: The Slime Midsole of these boots really helps absorb impacts while I try to hit jumps, which my ankles and knees are very thankful for.
  • Grip: These feature a Grip Lite Sole that helps give me traction even in icy conditions. I’ve used these boots for hiking up to some upper bowls and haven’t had any issues with traction.
  • Ease of use: Thanks to the BOA lacing system, it doesn’t get any easier to lace up and ride in seconds.
  • Durability: This is my second season using these boots, and they have held up amazingly. Outside of a few marks from my bindings, these boots still look brand new.
  • Weight: These boots feature a lightweight construction so that my legs don’t fatigue from a day of riding.
  • Versatility: The medium flex in these boots really makes for a perfect all-mountain boot. I’ve been able to easily hit powder runs, park runs, and carve through groomers.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Responsiveness: These are medium flex boots, so if someone wants an extremely responsive or very forgiving boot, these might not be right for them.

Favorite moment with this gear

I did my first ever snowboard hike trail in these boots while I was in Park City, Utah. The hike was a breeze thanks to their insulation and cushioning, and my toes stayed toasty. The ride down the bowl run was even better.

Value for the money vs. other options

Another pair of boots that are in the same price range are the Burton Moto Snowboard Boots. I chose to go with the Ride Anthem boots because I trusted the reliability of the BOA lacing system and didn’t want to take a chance with the Burton Speed Zone lacing system.

Final verdict

The Ride Anthems are a perfect all-mountain boot that will allow intermediate riders to really explore the whole mountain confidently and comfortably.

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