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Ride Insano Review And Buying Advice
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Lacing Type Double BOA
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Boot Width


Comfort Great
Heel Hold Excellent
Adjustability Average
Reduced Footprint Good

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Flex Retention Good
Shock Absorption Great
Traction Great
On & Off Ease Great
Warmth Good

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Ride Insano 2017 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride

The Ride Insano BOA is a good stiff flexing responsive BOA boot. This sits in the same category to other boots like the Burton Driver X, Salomon Malamute and many other stiff boots out there.

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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:  Very stiff and almost unmovable at first. It keeps it’s flex pretty well over time and doesn’t break down or pack out very quickly.

Response:  Like all stiff flexing boots the response is very quick to the point that it’s better to be on a harder turning board because it could make an easier turning board twitchy and put you in uncomfortable situations.

Comfort: I think that in general, most feel will be fine with this boot but I do find it a little less comfortable than some boots out there at first.  Over time it breaks in and becomes part of your feet.

Heel Hold: This double boa system really focuses on the ankle and locks that thing in.  Both BOA coilers really work it around the ankle

Adjustability:  With this great heel hold comes poor adjustability.  Don’t think that because there are 2 BOA systems in here that it’s very adjustable.  It’s just slightly better than a single BOA boot.  Both BOA coils overlap around the ankle so it’s more for zeroing in on the ankle than having separate upper and lower adjustability. For example, if you want a tight upper and a loose lower it can’t happen because the upper coil wraps around the ankle too. For some that’s good and for others it’s bad.  Just depends on what you want.

Flex Retention:  Really holds it’s flex well over time.  Yeah, all boots break down but this doesn’t break down as much as some out there.  You can easily get 100 days out of these boots without them becoming a noodle.

Shock Absorption: Not the ultra cushiest out there but really good for the amount of volume. If paired with a Ride binding like the Capo or another equally shock absorbent binding then you have a lot of protection for that awkward and hopefully occasional flat landing.

Traction:  Really good traction that seems to hold fine from parking lot to peak.

Footprint: Ride is right up there with Burton when it comes to having a very reduced footprint.  I’d say the only difference between ride and Burton is the angle of approach (off-roading term) is better with Burton but these are really reduced.

On & Off Ease: BOA systems are super fast off but can be deceptively slow putting them on. First off you have to twist the coil for a very long time to get them tight and if you over tighten you have to almost start over again. If you have these boots dialed they are only a little slower getting them on than speed lace but if you micro adjust a lot you will find yourself twisting this BOA’s a lot more than you would think.

All in all the Ride Insano is a great boot that doesn’t have as many drawbacks as it does positive attributes.  If you want to lock in that heel/ankle and want a super stiff boot then this could be a new friend.

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Disappointing quality

Mar 20, 2022 by Gregory
Ability Level: Expert • 
Riding Style: Glades/moguls • 
Days You Ride A Year: 5-15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 173cm, 68kg, US7 

I've been snowboarding for 20 years and used a lot of Ride equipment in that time. These were the first BOA boots I've used and I really enjoyed the versatility of the dual tightening dials. Add the stability afforded by the hard shell and I had high hopes for these boots. Unfortunately, I got a pathetic 9 days of hill time before the hard shell where your ankle would be cracked and that stability was gone along with temp control with snow making its way into the boot through the crack. Even worse, Ride wouldn't help me with a repair or replacement as it had been more then a year since I purchased the boots.

Plastic tongue leads to terrible foot pain

Jan 11, 2022 by Kristian
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 1,89m, 89kg, 13 UK 

After buying the boots, they were marvellously stiff and nonetheless felt very comfortable in the shop and when I wore them at home to break them in. But the tongue is made from superhard plastic that pushes down on my feet like wanting to smash them completely, especially now that, after about 50 days of riding them, the other parts of the boots (except for that plastic tongue) have given in and are flexing more normally. I have even bought some extra silicone pads to protect the top of my feet, but the nerve running towards my bigger toe is still being squeezed off by the tongue on every toeside turn to the extent that my upper foot and my toe go terribly numb and are red and swollen after only a few rides, and I have to open the lacing of the boots after every single run and I need a full 30min break every two hours or so because the pain becomes unbearable. I actually have rather flat feet and I just cannot imagine how anyone can ride these boots for more than a day in a row after breaking them in without suffering terribly under that stupidly hard plastic tongue.

Ride Insano Snowboard Boots

Mar 16, 2021 by Rob
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 50 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5’8”,195lbs., size 10 boots, 2020 Rosignol 158W Black Ops(2021 Juggernaut) 2020 Union Force Bindings 

So I bought these boots online knowing from reviews that they were stiff! The first time I put them one I said to myself”what did I do?” These boots are so damn stiff! I own 3 pairs of Ride Boots already(Anthem,Lasso,Trident) so I knew the size 10 would fit. I was pleasantly surprised that after wearing them around the house for about a hour the boots had relaxed a bit and I had no comfort issues. I would recommend these boots to anyone that likes the Boa system and is looking for a very responsive, stiff, damp boot. You definitely want to use the Insano Boots on a stiff, aggressive board that doesn’t turn super easy. I used the Insano Boots to try to get some torsional flex out of my Rossignol super stiff Juggernaut and it definitely helped. I’m going to try the boots on my Rossignol XV next time but I’m positive it will make the board to twitchy.

Poor design

Dec 17, 2020 by JD
Ability Level: Intermediate/advanced • 
Riding Style: Powder hound • 
Days You Ride A Year: 35 

The solid tongue is just a plain terrible idea. Every time you lean toe side the tongue compresses into the top of your foot and after a few days in a row it becomes unbearable. Only way to reduce is by tightening them up so tight your feet go numb. Terrible design. there is actually a small amount of articulation built into the ankle of the boot yet the tongue is completely stiff... Why? If you want a stiff boot make the boot stiff not the tongue. I have struggled with these for 2 seasons now and thought they would finally break in but after chatting to a mate who used to be a sponsored pro who also has these exact boots and also hates them, I have had enough. Anyone who thinks these are good either doesn't ride back to back days or has wooden feet. Avoid.

Amazing control, superb quality

Nov 04, 2019 by Jim
Ability Level: Intermediate>Advanced • 
Riding Style: Aggressive • 
Days You Ride A Year: 40 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 185 cm height, 105kg and boot size 12 US 

No problems with that tongue thingy as another reviewer states. The boot fits perfectly even with my flat feet with barely any arch and custom feet therapist insole. I tried like 5 pairs of boots before this and none if them fit me well. Thraxis for example I had way too much space in. Also there was a pressure point which felt like a boa iron cable at my right small toe, really hurting me. Could not carve AT ALL, every turn it felt like my whole foot had to tilt and pull the boot afterwards. K2 Ryker and maysis just sucked and some other randoms just did not feel locked in. Then in the store the guy told me he also had Insano in my size. I already researched it so I knew what it was. I put them on, at first felt extremely tight but they did fit well. Plus they were cheaper than the Thraxxis:)

Then he also sold me a Ride Mtnpig (160W) and he put my K2 Lien AT's on it. I went to the indoor snow slope and tested them out. AMAZING control. I could carve super fast, super locked in. Went for 3 hours, and only after 3 hours my left ankle started to hurt. But that is after 3 hours in a boot that has not been broken in yet. Very happy about it. STRONGLY recommend. I feel that these boots will last for a very long time.

Great sock/cast hybrid

Feb 22, 2019 by Ivo
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride/All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 15 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'10'' 172lbs, 164W board, 11 boot 

Came into these boots after turning a pair Burton Moto and ThirtyTwo Lashed into noodles, so was after something with more character. The Ride Insanos did not disappoint. These are as stiff as advertised and then some. For someone like me, who rides a board that's way too big, having that extra control and power transmission was a revelation. On my last trip I ended up rolling an ankle in the apres-ski mess, but was able to ride the next day due to the massive amount of support these provide. (Don't try this at home kids). Would have gone out on the second day as well, but ankle was too big to fit in the boot, oh well.

A great feature is the footprint reduction they provide - for us yetis out there worries about toe/heel drag. That comes at the cost of some padding and these may not be the warmest boots out there, so keep that in mind.
Would not peg them as the most comfortable boots out of the box, but with a few rides they mold to your feet very well. The heel is locked-in, which is great for board response, but you can overdo it with the two BOAs - so try not to over tighten, rather adjust as needed. I've found the BOA to be very good at retaining it's hold throughout the day, so once dialed-in you're set til the last chair/line.
The Insanos are also INSANELY light, this comes into play for the larger sizes especially and was a pleasant surprise when putting them on first.
Overall - if you have big feet and want a good-looking, comfortable , very stiff and light boot, that won't completely break your bank - this is it!

Killer Boot

Mar 15, 2018 by Chris
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'11" 200lbs 10.5, 159 board, L bindings, 10.5 boot 

I've been riding the Insanos for two seasons and absolutely love them.
Never had any hot spots or comfort issues, even riding non-stop all day and wearing them into the lodge fro a celebratory beer. Heel hold is phenomenal, response is lighting fast.
After 60+ days on the mountain they're still performing great. They size directly with your shoe size so no need to worry about ordering larger.
The dual BOA system is wonderful. My buddy has the Burton Ions, tried my Insanos and said he preferred mine to his.
The only time you'll run into discomfort is if you over tighten.
Eventually when/if these pack out I'll be buying another pair, no doubt.

Really wanted to love these..

Aug 02, 2016 by Ted Maul
Ability Level: Intermediate/advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: Not as much as I want • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'5", 13.5Stone, UK12 

These boots are handsome in the flesh, a really good looking boot. I so wanted to enjoy the Insanos but unfortunately they put me through hell. After two days the super solid tongue started to rub through the skin on top of both of my feet. I wear Salamon Mission socks (merino wool), and always dry my boots and socks out each night after boarding. After the 4th day I was in so much pain I had to take a day off from boarding, not ideal. My feet are quite skinny so I don't know how the average guy would cope in these any better than I did. Ride need to seriously sort the design of this boot out. Boots were sold one week after returning from my trip, I do hope that guy's feet are in one piece

3.4 5.0 8 8 I've been snowboarding for 20 years and used a lot of Ride equipment in that time. These were the first BOA boots I've used and I really enjoyed the versatility of the dual tighten Ride Insano Review And Buying Advice

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