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Ride Fuse 2021 Review by The Good Ride
Ride Fuse Snowboard Boot Review Fast Forward Markers:
0:00 – Intro 0:11 – Summary 1:29 – Sizing 2:29 – Adjustability 3:05 – Heel Hold 3:16 – Response 3:40 – On & Off 4:38 – Flex Retention 5:25 – Shock Absorption 6:10 – Traction 6:27 – Reduced Footprint 6:57 – Conclusion 7:37 – Outtakes 7:53 – About The Reviews
Swipe Right: Excellent adjustability. Strong Heel Hold. Pretty comfortable right out of the box. Fits a wide variety of riding styles and ability levels.
Swipe Left: Slow on and off.
The Ride Fuse is a very adjustable snowboard boot that holds in your heal well and works well with a wide variety of riding styles.
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Ride Fuse Snowboard Boot Review: How It Rides And Who It Is For
How The Ride Fuse Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size Tried: Size 9
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile, Sandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Union Atlas, Ride C10, Ride C8, Union Stratas
James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size: 9 US
Foot Width: E
Arch Length: Right 9.5 and Left 9
Calve Circumference: Top of boot 17” & Bottom of boot 12”
Size 9 was 2.0lbs. That is pretty light for a snowboard boot.
The Ride Fuse fit my true size 9 feet pretty well but I think if I wanted a proper fit I would size down to an 8.5 and after a few days it would feel really well. Peter, a true size 8.5 would really like the 8’s. As far as width goes it was just wide enough for my E width and I didn’t feel cramped inside like I can with boots that work better for narrower feet.
The Ride Fuse felt and looked well built. We can’t say for sure but it should last a long time. So should the flex with the articulating cuff and stiff spine.
Traditional lace is the best for adjustability. We love how the laces are locked in at each rung. That makes it very easy to have this boot fit around your foot and leg. The BOA around the Ride Fuse ankle really help with heel lift too. It’s not quite there with Focus BOA that has 2 BOA’s overlapping your ankle but those boots have a fraction of the adjustability.
The Ride Fuse has a nice smooth response that sits pretty much in the middle of the response spectrum. It matches up well with a wide variety of boards and bindings.
Shock Absorption/Board Feel
It looks like there is a lot of shock absorption in the sole but we didn’t feel it underfoot. It’s average and has more of a skate shoe feel. So that could be bad if you want a cush ride but good if you like more board feel.
Great traction here with the Ride Fuse.
You get a pretty reduced footprint with the Ride Fuse. I would love to compare a size 8.5 Ride Fuse to a Burton boot (same fit) to see how they compare but they aren’t much bigger than our 8.5 Adidas which are really reduced.
On & Off Ease
Traditional lace isn’t easy but that is not why you buy the Ride Fuse. You get this for adjustability. Still, it’s not that slow on and off.
So overall, the Ride Fuse worked really well for us. Boots are a pain in the ass to buy and feet are all very different but this has a fit that will work for a pretty wide variety of riding styles and foot types.
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Highly recommend the Fuse! These are premium-quality boots, and I have owned two pairs of these in the last couple of years, as well as Adidas Tactical ADVs before. (Got rid of the ADVs because of the pain they cause on the top of the foot when they flex, a well-known issue.)
The Intuition liner and internal Boa lacing work flawlessly to hold your heel in place, with no bulk around the ankles, where you don't need it. Michelin rubber sole and rubber toecap make them grippy and durable whether you're hiking, splitting, and/or sledding. Traditional shell lacing is foolproof, and you won't be SOLed by a busted Boa or torn lace—just knot it till you're able to replace it. Padding is not as cushy as Adidas Boost, but better function and durability more than compensate. Toebox is both roomy and warm.
Bonus: Ride stands behind their products. (Good luck with the three-stripers on warranty issues.)
These boots are great. Comfortable not too stiff, not too soft. I agree with their review mostly about the skate feel. Yes they are no adidas boost tech, but they aren’t burton EST either. I had burton imperial before this and those were way thinner than these. I feel like the fuse has good shock absorption in the back half of the foot. It gradually thins out towards the toes. A nice compromise, cushion where you need it and a little more board feel in the toes. I added fp insoles and they are super cush now. And yes size down 1/2 size. Boot footprint of ride 11 was same as burton 11.5. Inside fit was similar w/ ride being slightly bigger. Overall a good all mountain boot!