Expert Review: Ride Lasso Snowboard BootsPublished on 07/13/2022 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the boots which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Alex Light
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the boots which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Ride Lasso Pro Snowboard Boots are one of the most versatile all-mountain boots I’ve ever owned. They have just enough stiffness to take on more technical terrain, and the right amount of forgiveness when I want to ride more freestyle. I highly recommend these for intermediate-advanced-level riders looking for one boot to do it all.
About this gear
- Model: 2021 Ride Lasso Pro (Purps)
- Size: 8
- Lacing type: Double BOA H4 Coiler lacing system
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 155 lbs.
- Street shoe size: 8
- Foot shape: Slightly Wide
- Experience: 20+ years
- When I bought these: November 2021
- Days tested: 7+
- Board: Ride Warpig, Never Summer Shade
- Bindings: Arbor Hemlocks
- Where I’ve used it: Heavenly Ski Resort, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
- Terrain: Black Diamond, Double Blue, Trees, Pow Stashes, Ice, and side hits.
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for a damp and responsive boot with a Double BOA lacing system that could perform well in Tahoe weather. We get powder during the first half of the season and more sunny, hard-pack conditions towards the end of the season.
Why I chose this gear
I have always been a huge fan of Ride gear and know they put a lot of love and technical features, such as Michelin Summit Soles and Heat Reflective foil, into their boots.
I landed on the Lasso Pro Purps because they were on sale during Black Friday week. Normally, I would be shopping around for Burton boots otherwise.
What I love about it
- Size: These run true to street shoe sizes in length and come with enough width for my moderately wide feet without me needing to get a wide-specific size.
- Comfort: The shell is very lightweight and durable which makes walking around in them feel like a breeze.
- Warmth: These are extremely warm. I had a few days in the teens and did not need warmer packets.
- Heel hold: These have excellent heel hold with the Double BOA closure system. Really locks my feet into the position I want to keep them in.
- Shock absorption: Amazing dampness. Even on icy days, I did not feel chatter from the board move up into the boots at all.
- Responsiveness: Very responsive without being overly stiff. I would give it a 4 out of 5 on the stiffness scale.
- Grip: The Michelin Summit Sole feels incredibly durable and grippy, even on icy days.
- Ease of use: Easy! I never had to take my gloves off to tighten the liner or adjust the BOA dials.
- Durability: 5 stars. So far these do not scuff easily or show wear and tear despite my taking them through varied terrain and temperatures.
- Weight: Light. Hands down, Ride’s In2grated™ Construction creates some of the lightest weight performance boots on the market. The liner is factory molded into the shell leading to reduced pack out and overall awesome comfort.
- Versatility: These boots are best for freeride or all-mountain, but have enough flex to be able to take laps through the park on occasion.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Size: These run true to street shoe size in length. However, the Intuition liners come equipped with built-in internal & external J-bars that make them somewhat uncomfortable for wider feet/ankles. I replaced the liner with the ones from my old boots and they feel perfect now.
- Comfort: My only complaint is the internal J-bars, which felt like they were pinching too much around my ankles and the lack of ability to remove them.
- Hot spots: There was too much pinching and a lack of adjustment near the internal J-bars around the ankles.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite day with these started on the first chair at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe when it was in the teens and ended in the mid-forties in the afternoon! They took me everywhere I wanted to go from tree runs and powder stashes in the morning to harder pack terrain later on in the day. I didn’t notice any foot fatigue by the end of the day and they felt really locked into my board.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think these were worth the money for myself, especially since I got them on a killer Black Friday deal and they are exactly the flex I was looking for. However, I might not have held onto them if I didn’t have an alternative liner to put inside of them. I was between these and a similarly high-performing boot (the K2 Maysis) but I ultimately landed on the Ride Lasso Pros due to my past good experiences with Ride’s customer service and quality.
Overall, these boots are exactly what I was looking for in terms of versatility, stiffness, and dampness. Once I replaced the Intuition liners with my old Imprint 2 liners (no internal J-bars), they felt absolutely perfect. If someone has narrower feet, the liners might work well for them. However, I felt the lack of ability to remove or adjust the internal J-bars to be the only big negative with these boots.