The Ride Trident Boot is new this year and it’s a Tripple BOA. The bad about tripple BOA is there is no way you can use winged high backs but the good is that you have a lot of adjustability and a great boot. Actually more adjust ability than most triple BOA boots out there.
Flex: Pretty stiff and aggressive so don’t get this if you are into mellow cruising. This is more for boards like the Highlife UL. It’s still got a little give and isn’t super stiff like some boots and borders on the stiff side between med/stiff and stiff.
Comfort: All feet are different but for most the Trident will fit you pretty well and not cause pressure points.
Heel Hold: The 3rd BOA is 100% dedicated to heel hold so it’s exceptional.
Adjustability: Now this is the kind of BOA boot that I personally love. The Upper and Lower are completely separate and that makes a lot of people happy. The 3rd BOA dedicated to heel hold also makes people happy who like the Double BOAs that share the ankle and don’t have separate adjustability. All in all this is about as good as it gets for dialing out your ride. It’s kind of like having a new level of excellence.
Flex Retention: This is a new boot so I can only speculate but the materials and articulating cuff seem like they will last a long time.
Response: Very quick edge to edge and quite a responsive boot.
Traction: Solid traction from icy parking lots to powder to cold rocky wind blown peaks.
Shock Absorption: Not bad. Most boots these days are going for a more skate like feel but these still have some solid shock absorption in the heel and along the front of the foot.
Footprint: Ride is the only company I have come across that has about the same reduction in length from tip to toe as Burton. Everyone else has a bigger footprint. It doesn’t make these boots more cold or lack in performance. It really only benefits you because they pack out less as well as reduce toe and heel drag. A size 11 is more like a 10 or less on the outside but still an 11 on the inside. Really well done Ride.
On & Off Ease: It’s not the fastest but it’s really fast. Takes a little bit of twirling to get them on but getting them off is pretty easy.
So all in all the Ride Trident is a great boot that many could like. My only concern is the BOA’s on each side of the boot makes me feel like I’m going to eventually break the one on the inner side. I’d love to see 2 boas on one side or speed lacing for the heel hold BOA but I’m just nit picking here.