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Ride Lasso 2017 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Lasso is a great boot for those that want BOA, a reduced footprint, good flex retention, and a middle response boot to fit a wide variety of boards.
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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 middle ground and it will fit a wide variety of boards as well as riding styles.
Comfort: Ride is pretty comfortable but it’s hard to say how comfortable because each foot is different. What could be a dream for one person could be an awkward pressure point nightmare for others. I personally like the change to a continuously molded tongue the last few years because it personally fits my feet better.
Heel Hold: Both BOAs share the ankle so you can really crank it down.
Adjustability: Because both BOA’s share the ankle you have just a little more adjustability than a single BOA boot. I personally like complete separation but many prefer a super locked in hold around the heel so it’s up to you to choose.
Flex Retention: Ride boots don’t pack out much and hold their flex rather well. There is a little articulation in the ankle to help keep the boot’s flex but over time this will get softer.
Response: Nice middle ground response that’s pretty forgiving but still has support and edge to edge response when you need it.
Traction: There is some solid rubber so the traction is good here. In a time of EVA only soles creeping up even into the higher end boots, it’s nice to see real rubber on the bottom.
Shock Absorption: There is solid shock absorption in the heel and it’s pretty good for keeping uneven snow or off landings from traveling up into your joints.
Footprint: This has probably the smallest footprint of any BOA boot out there. This is really important if you are a size 10 or 11 boot that wants less heel/toe drag or to be able to fit into a smaller waist board.
On & Off Ease: Pretty easy on and off and not many boots are easier.
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Ride Lasso User Reviews
I bought the 2018/19 models after reading your Favourite Boot review and overall I am less than impressed.
I can almost echo the 2017 review by Gav.
Pros: light, easy on/off, build quality seems good, grippy sole, fairly stiff out of the box, so good response but leave 'em loose for the park. Except you can't. With every flex of the ankle, the upper section of the single boa loosens, tightening the lower around your foot like a 200lb Indian python has a death grip on it. "Locked in" is an understatement! If you leave them a little loose to try to prevent this, they just get ridiculously loose at the top. Then, when you tighten the top, the pressure around your foot becomes unbearable after 5 mins of riding. I have to loosen them at the bottom of every run and retighten again at the top of the mountain. Definitely not user friendly and the most discomfort I have experienced in a boot in 20 years.
These boots are also a good half inch longer than my Burton Ions for the same size so I'm not sure where the reduced footprint is helping.
The other thing is, the inner footbed is very thin and my ankles were positioned too low for the built in heel hold in the liner, causing pressure points on my ankle bones. A good aftermarket insole has taken care of that, but I feel this should be an option, not a requirement.
Maybe I've been spoiled by 15 years in Ions, but I was looking for a less costly alternative - these are not it.
Boots are so subjective and no two pairs alike, especially since every brand is now made in China. But I'm still gonna dribble out a review.
I bought the 2016 model late last year. Put about 20 days on them I guess.
So far the build quality looks good. They aren't quite as responsive as I expected straight out the box but it hasn't softened up much since so that's cool. Nowhere near as responsive as my last boots (DC Judge) were straight out the box but these look like they will retain their flex a heap longer. Nice and light too. The BOA system is smooth. The sizing seems pretty accurate, being a size 12 I am lucky that it is one of those sizes that usually is similar between brands.
But for me they have some issues.
The BOA system is smooth but the lower section has this unique lacing design that is supposed to do something cool, but to me it just makes them tighten up unevenly, so the top half tightens more than the bottom, but then as you ride for an hour or so the laces work through and the bottom half is super tight and the top is quite lose. So I crank on the BOA a little and then half hour later the bottom is crazy tight. I have ridden RIDE, K2 and DC Boa boots and these are probably my least favorite for all day comfort.
I think the guys at the good ride might also be surprised if they checked some larger sizes against other boots for length too. I don't see mine as that reduced at all, they are longer than my DC boots and are even longer than my old 32 Lashed which are not classed as reduced footprint at all. The sole around the heel is pretty round so maybe that helps a bit.
The Lasso rope thing pulling the tongue in is pretty awesome, definitely allows you to dial in as much heel hold as you want. If heel lift is your biggest issue definitely try a pair of these on.
So a quality build, a sweet Lasso set up but I would definitely prefer upper and lower BOA rather than this set up.
But hey every foot is different so they probably work sweet for others, so I gave it four stars mainly because I'm sick of boots breaking down too quickly and these are solid.
Ride Lasso 15/16 (size 9)
Coming from Burton Imperials where I was tired of finicking with tucking speed laces away and even though I used J-bar inserts still suffered from a bit of heel lift. I decided to get the Ride Lasso boots after reading about them on the good ride.
At first I was weirded out because they are really light in weight but have held up their first season fine. Second was the main boa doesn't seem to tighten around the toes easily but this doesn't matter and turned out to be a good thing. The reason is that because my heel is pulled back by the lasso it actually frees my lower foot to have better blood circulation and stay warmer. The tallboy inner harness tucks in cleanly and is easy to use. The boot is a true 6 flex which works well for all purpose. I keep thinking when I put them on that they could be a notch stiffer but once they are locked into my NOW Pilot bindings it doesn't cross my mind while riding.
Overall they have satisfied my issues for my boot needs. I would be curious to see Ride make a more heavy duty 7/8 flex version of it to try as the Trident is ridiculous with 3 Boas and the Insano is too stiff except for specific use cases.
If you suffer from heel lift I definitely recommend trying the Ride Lasso boots as they are comfortable and give good support where it matters.
Great Product .. Good Price
The comfort and adjustability is really good. I had K2 Guage boots before this and the double BOA is obviously a help. Easy on-off with a good ankle wrap. I can't comment on durability but after my first week long trip this year I like them a lot.