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DC Travis Rice 2019 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The DC Travis Rice Snowboard boot has evolved over the years and 2019 has some pretty interesting asymmetrical tech. It has super-hard material on the outside but a super-soft material on the inside. It is a nice play on asymmetrical tech for snowboard boots and this somewhat softer boot (well compared to past models) could work for a wide variety of riders that want a little easier flex on the inside but still good overall support. Our only issue with it was the footprint was massive compared to my 8.5 Adidas Tactical ADV. It’s not all about footprint size though and if this comfortable boot (well to Peter) appeals to you it could for sure work as long as you aren’t an in-between size like a size 10.5 trying to fit into a normal width board.
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Peter’s Foot Specs
Foot Size: 8.5 US on the Brannock Scale
Foot Width: C
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The DC Travis Rice is pretty much the DC Status with a new name and some new tech. I think DC decided it was a bad idea not to use Travis Rice’s name on the boot he uses so they switched up the name. This is still the same aggressive gnarly boot that DC has always had in their line.
Flex: Same stiff aggressive flex as the Status had.
Comfort: When I tried the Status years ago it hurt a lot the first day I rode it. DC has got a lot better with the comfort factor but it’s still not exactly fun on these boots the first day. I only had one day but usually it takes about a week .
Heel Hold: The Travis Rice Boot really Grips your ankle and it’s even more so than the Status. The Travis Rice Boot’s upper and lower BOA’s meet in the middle and kind of overlap around the ankle so there is no heel lift what so ever.
Adjustability: The new upper lower BOA system is great at locking in your ankle but kind of sucks when it comes to being able to have separate upper/lower adjustability. So I personally liked the old Status better than the new Travis Rice but I know some people who want the ultra secure heel or have heel lift issues with many boots will really like this.
Flex Retention: You have some articulation going on and there is still a pretty good build so the flex retention isn’t bad. The boots do break down a bit over time and do get softer.
Response: This is DC’s most responsive boot in their line and it makes for a boot that can turn any board.
Traction: Felt like there was good traction.
Shock Absorption: There is pretty good shock absorption going on here but it’s not amazing.
Footprint: DC does a good job at reducing the footprint and it’s only a little bit behind Burton and Ride when it comes to a reduced footprint and eliminating Toe/Heel Drag.
On & Off Ease: BOA is about as easy as it gets taking it off and isn’t bad cranking it down to put on but it’s a little slower
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