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Ride Anthem 2017 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Anthem BOA isn’t anything special in terms of tech but in this price point, it’s got more than most. It’s a well-made boot that has a BOA system which most entry-level or casual rider want. It also has a very reduced footprint which is a real plus in this price range.
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James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: Right 9 and Left 8.75
Foot Width: Right and Left between a D/E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Flex: Pretty middle ground flex that is going to accommodate most riders.
Response: Works well with a wide variety of intermediate/easy to mid turning boards. It’s enough to make the board turn and start to commit to harder turns but not too much that it can put you in a position to catch an edge. It’s a nice balance between response and being forgiving.
Comfort: I didn’t really feel that this book blew me away in terms of comfort but I’ve owned ride boots before and they usually take a week or so to break in. On day 2 it was starting to get comfortable but I felt it still had a way to go. Most boots are like this and only a few companies make boots comfy enough for day one.
Heel Hold: Held my heel pretty well.
Adjustability: Single BOA’s can be a bit tricky with me because I have medium to big calves and big ankles so it’s hard to tighten the upper without cranking down on the ankles. This is why personally I couldn’t ride this day in and day out but I ride 100 days a year and have lots of requirements for a personal boot. If you are picky like me you will want something with more adjusting ability. However, I can see this being a good fit for someone who just rides 10-15 days a year and wants something a little more than the entry-level low-cost boots.
Flex Retention: The flex retention is not really that well known by me for this year but I can say that in the past every Ride boot I owned held up well. They usually make a good boot.
Shock Absorption: Pretty good shock absorption that can handle most bindings. If you have a ride binding with all that cushioning then you are good and even if you have a binding with not much padding it will still be pretty good.
Traction: I really like that this isn’t a single mold EVA foam sole. It’s still got rubber in there and good traction. Before this was a given but these days many boots at this price point don’t.
Footprint: Very reduced and all Ride boots, no matter what price point, seem to have a very reduced footprint. My main boot for 2014 was the Burton Imperial and I didn’t have to adjust the bindings to fit this boot. If you want less toe and heel exposed on your turns this is a great choice.
On & Off Ease: Single BOA is very easy off and pretty easy on. I found myself micro-adjusting a lot when putting it on to get the right fit around both my ankle and upper calf but other than that it’s pretty quick.
It hasn’t changed much over the years in terms of design but they keep working to refine the fit, adjusting ability and feel. All in all, it’s one of the better boots in this price range.
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Ride Anthem User Reviews
Quite a nice boot
Well I got them after Nike Zoom Force 1, which are known as one of the best boots ever made, but where too narrow for me so my feet hurted in first hour of riding and in addition I lately got problems with big toe joint and needed a bit loose boots with a wider inside.
I acrually was looking for a double boa boots, cause I really fed up with laces, they sure have the best hold but it's too annoying especially when you need to ajust them time to time. But I have Burton Deathfalcon bindings and at the last point I realised that their highbacks won't let me have any boots with a boa on a side of the boot.
So after reading few reviews I got the Ride Anthem Camo.
Boots are well made from outside and have nice design.
Boa cable management is much better than most other boots have. They actually hold almost the same as most double boa boots I’ve tried.
Don’t have orthopedic or 3d insole, whatever you call that.
I got an insole from my Nikes in one boot, and Ride’s insole in other, and could hardly tell the difference. Anthems have a nice rubber foam under insole which feels almost the same as 3d insole and I believe will take my foot’s shape in future. I decided not to buy one in addition.
Absolutely no heel hold.
Yes, that’s true. But there is a solution – couple of j-bars or similar will do the trick. That’s what I did, and it really helped.
It’s complicated to tighten the liner good, just because of it’s simple construction. But is it really needed to be so tight?
I got 28,5cm – real insole size 28,2cm
Then I got 29,5cm – real insole size is 29cm
Just for information
Seem to be 5/10 for real, not the less.
Overall impression is good, only problem for me was a heel hold which was solved with jbars, which I made myself from 5mm adhensive rubber foam. I didn’t expect them to be some pro boots, so I got just what I needed. If it’s your first boot you will be super happy
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I got these boots in 2011 because they were cheap and I wanted a BOA boot. Every day I use these boots I hate them a little bit more. As you ride they keep getting looser so I'm constantly tightening them, which causes them to squeeze my feet. By the end of the day I don't even want to take them off because my feet hurt so much. The heal hold is terrible and it feels like my foot is going to slip out of the boot even though they are extremely tight.
Most of this could be my fault for riding a cheap boot so long, but I expect a boot to last more than 30ish days of riding. I highly don't recommend these boots if you have skinny caffs like me and/or can't afford to by new boots every season.