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.
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Union Contact Pro,
Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Never Summer Proto,
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 boot 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 lot’s 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 foort print. 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.