Expert Review: Ride Hera Pro Snowboard Boots · Women's · 2023Published on 04/26/2023 · 7 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Tyese Messerman
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2023.
The 2023 Women’s Ride Hera Pro Snowboard Boots are a great choice for an intermediate to advanced woman looking for a boot that can ride the entire mountain. These boots are medium flex and provide great support for carving groomers at high speeds or making tighter turns through the trees. They are packed full of features to provide lasting comfort all day long.
About the boots I own
- Model: Ride Hera Pro Snowboard Boots Women’s 2023
- Size: 8.5 women’s
- Lacing type: Double BOA
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 130 lbs
- Street shoe size: 8.5–9
- Foot shape: Regular to a bit narrow
- Experience: 23+
- When I bought these: February 2023
- Days tested: 10+
- Board: Nidecker Thruster /Ride Peace Seeker
- Bindings: NOW Conda/Union Trilogy
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado, Utah, France, Switzerland, Oregon, Idaho
- Terrain: Powder, Trees, Groomers, Chunder, Park, Backcountry Splitboarding
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was hunting for new boots because my old ones were too soft for what I wanted and were getting really worn out. I was looking for a boot that provided more support and was a bit stiffer, without feeling like a ski boot. I still wanted enough flex to ride playfully, hit kickers, and go into the park if I wanted.
Why I chose this gear
The main reason I went with these boots was the wrap liner they have. I loved it when I tried it on. There were no extra strings to pull to get the boots tight, they were super fast to get on and off, and the plush lining felt really comfortable. They also had nice flex for what I wanted, and the Michelin Summit Sole was really grippy, which I thought would be good for any time spent in the backcountry.
I tested the Salomon Ivy Double DOA Boots for a while before deciding, and I also looked at the Vans Encore Pro. Both are great options, but the Rides are a little stiffer than the Vans. I also noticed that the outside heel of the Vans was wider than the others, making them catchy in certain bindings. The Salomons were great but ran a tad small, and I just fell in love with the liner that the Hera Pros feature.
What I love about them
- Size: Snowboard boots are designed to fit snugly so that, as one wears them, one can pack them out, and they don’t get too loose. My running shoes are a size 9, and I got these in a size 8.5. When I bought them, my toe was ever so slightly touching the front of the boot, and now after riding 10+ days, they feel almost too big. So, I probably could have sized down to an eight. I wouldn’t say they run narrow or ride, just regular.
- Comfort: When I tried these boots on, they were some of the most comfortable boots I had ever tried. However, during the first 3–4 days out, the Internal J-bars felt really aggressive and left my ankle bones sore after riding all day. Now that I have worn them many hours, they have packed out just enough to be some of the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn again. Full circle. The Liner Mesh is also softer than most options and is very comfy.
- Warmth: These boots have kept my feet warm so far, although I don’t usually struggle with cold feet. They use a Heat Reflective Foil that is supposed to redirect heat under the foot and toe and keep warmth in. I usually wear thin to medium Merino wool socks, and I have had no issues with warmth.
- Shock absorption: The Hera Pros absorb shock and impact like a champ. The footbed uses what they call an Impacto Elite Insole, and this feels very cushy when landing jumps or riding through uneven terrain and chunder.
- Responsiveness: The flex on these is rated as a 7/10, and to me, this is the perfect amount of responsiveness. They provide enough support to turn on a dime, even through tight trees, and they are just soft enough to lap the park once in a while.
- Grip: Between the SLIME Midsole and the Michelin Summit Sole, the grip is superior on these. Whether walking through the parking lot to get to the lodge or out boot-packing to the very top of the summit, these boots provide great performance.
- Ease of use: These are the fastest boots to get on and off that I have ever worn. The Intuition Trap Wrap Liner that Ride uses on these is absolutely amazing. I can quickly conform it to my ankle/calf area, and the velcro sticks in place with ease. When taking them off, the same thing—undo the velcro and step out. The Double BOA system makes it fast and easy to then tighten the boots to the desired tightness in two different areas of the foot as well.
- Durability: So far, so good; the soles on these seem really durable, and I haven’t had any problems so far with wear and tear. The back of the heel is reinforced a bit as well, which helps with durability when getting in and out of bindings all day.
- Weight: These are actually pretty lightweight. I held them up with the Salomons and the Vans I was looking at, and the Rides felt the lightest while the Vans felt the heaviest. Note: I didn’t weigh them; this is just based on feel.
- Versatility: So far, I haven’t found anything that the Hera Pros can’t do. I have gone splitboarding with them, I have ridden countless days at resorts, and I have hiked to the top of Mt. Bachelor in a boot pack. I have carved fast on groomers, ridden through tight trees, and cruised the peace park, and have loved these boots everywhere I take them.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Heel hold: The heel hold on these is interesting. There are Internal J-bars that have the sole job of keeping my heel down. To maximize this, I really have to cinch my foot back into the heel of the boot as far as possible and then tighten the BOA down. As I mentioned, these bars are pretty aggressive, so for some foot shapes, I think they would work perfectly. For my foot shape, they added a good bit of pressure to my ankle at the beginning, and now that they are packed down a bit, they are very comfortable but do not have superior heel hold. I would suggest getting them professionally fit/molded to the foot for the best results.
Favorite moment with this gear
A day in Chamonix, France, stands out in my mind above the rest. The day before it had snowed heavily all day long—a total whiteout. When we woke the next day, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. We rushed to the resort and had the most epic pow day with the French Alps in view.
Value for the money vs. other options
These boots are not cheap. They are more expensive than the Salomons and the Vans I looked at. The Hera Pros are priced closer to the Vans Viajes and the Salomon Kianas. Those two boots are stiffer than the Hera Pros as well. While I can’t say the Ride Heras is a great deal, the wrap liner and the Michelin Sole do make them unique. I think they’re worth it if they can be bought on sale.
These boots are a score for any intermediate to advanced woman rider looking to charge the entire mountain. The comfort and versatility provided help the rider keep going all day through any terrain and conditions, and the responsiveness and shock absorption are unmatched. They’re warm, comfortable, easy to get in and out of, and put a smile on my face all day.