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Ride Trident Snowboard Boots
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Ride Trident 2018 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Ride Trident Boot is new this year and it’s a Tripple BOA. The bad about triple BOA is there is no way you can use winged high backs but the good is that you have a lot of adjustabilities and a great boot. Actually more adjustability than most triple BOA 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: Pretty stiff and aggressive so don’t get this if you are into mellow cruising. This is more for boards like the Highlife UL. It’s still got a little give and isn’t super stiff like some boots and borders on the stiff side between med/stiff and stiff.
Comfort: All feet are different but for most the Trident will fit you pretty well and not cause pressure points.
Heel Hold: The 3rd BOA is 100% dedicated to heel hold so it’s exceptional.
Adjustability: Now this is the kind of BOA boot that I personally love. The Upper and Lower are completely separate and that makes a lot of people happy. The 3rd BOA dedicated to heel hold also makes people happy who like the Double BOAs that share the ankle and don’t have separate adjustability. All in all, this is about as good as it gets for dialing out your ride. It’s kind of like having a new level of excellence.
Flex Retention: This is a new boot so I can only speculate but the materials and articulating cuff seem like they will last a long time.
Response: Very quick edge to edge and quite a responsive boot.
Traction: Solid traction from icy parking lots to powder to cold rocky windblown peaks.
Shock Absorption: Not bad. Most boots these days are going for a more skate-like feel but these still have some solid shock absorption in the heel and along the front of the foot.
Footprint: Ride is the only company I have come across that has about the same reduction in length from tip to toe as Burton. Everyone else has a bigger footprint. It doesn’t make these boots colder or lack in performance. It really only benefits you because they pack out less as well as reduce toe and heel drag. A size 11 is more like a 10 or less on the outside but still an 11 on the inside. Really well-done Ride.
On & Off Ease: It’s not the fastest but it’s really fast. Takes a little bit of twirling to get them on but getting them off is pretty easy.
So all in all the Ride Trident is a great boot that many would like. My only concern is the BOA’s on each side of the boot makes me feel like I’m going to eventually break the one on the inner side. I’d love to see 2 boas on one side or speed lacing for the heel hold BOA but I’m just nitpicking here.
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Ride Trident User Reviews
Absolutely enjoy wearing the Ride Trident Boots with my more aggressive snowboards. The Boots are on the stiff super response side but are completely comfortable for me in every way. The boot liner makes getting the boots on and off super easy and fast. The liner also feels very comfortable and helps lock in your ankle. The upper and lower boas work great together along with the tongue tie which locks in your heels! I also own the Ride Lasso and Insano and have great experiences with all of the Ride Boots I’ve purchased. They Tridents are definitely worth the money!
Great boots with some drawbacks
So I am now going into year 3 (I believe). I have probably 90-100 days or more on these boots and here's my take. I ride primarily in the East in very cold temps and very wet springs as we ride into June with a once a year trip out west. The ability to dial in your exact fit run to run is unparalleled. I can even adjust these as I am moving. They are very comfortable for a stiff boot. As a hockey player I like my boots on the stiff side so if you want slippers look elsewhere. As others have reported they aren't warm and will let water in due to a faulty toe design. In the spring it gets so bad I actually take the liners out and put them in plastic bags and reinsert. This way the water won't get to my feet and I only have to dry out the shells at night. I see that they may have addressed this in the 2020 version by changing the toe construction to come up higher. I liked the boots so much I already bought the exact boots still in the box waiting to be used as mine breakdown further (more on that below). The front of the boot is now starting to rip open where the toe binding engages. Having the ability to dial in with Boa's that won't back off under stress is so key as my old K2 Dialogues had to be re-tightened after each mogul run. So, I always get stuck loving a product to find the manufacturer discontinue the line (see Ulta Aviator) so I bought new boots which I was planning on using maybe next year. Now I see they've changed the toe to address the water issue so I am going to exchange these for the new 2020 version.
One season boots
Pros: Comfy, responsive with a triple boa.
Cons: leaks by design at the tongue if any snow collects, leaks at the toe in general and the soles start to delaminate around 30 days. I got 40 days out of mind before they were unusable during warmer conditions. Good luck trying to warranty yours.
Comfortable, not good for small heels
So I can see these being great boots with typically shaped feet in terms of heel hold. They're also quite comfortable generally, though it's a lot of BOA-ing to get on. The insoles should also be replaced, but that's true for most boots out there.
My problem with these is that they have a TON of space in the heel. I have sorta wide feet but with a small achilles and heel area, and i was getting a good amount of heel lift even with J bars installed. Returned them for a pair of K2s, which feel way better in this regard.
(Wanted to flag this for the community since the heel hold of the boot is rated 5 stars).
Custom Comfort & Complete Control!
I originally bought a pair of these for my rapidly growing teenage son who rides 90% park / freestyle. He complained about heel lift in his previous boots. I was originally attracted to these Ride Trident boots due to their touted strengths in this arena. However, I was a little worried about the user complaints about water leakage on the Ride website. We ordered them despite these reviews and very glad we did.
Here were his observations - My son is now a size 13 and Ride Trident size 13 fit him perfectly. He reported to me that they were very comfortable. His only complaint - "there is a whole lot of dialing." He wore these on our local resort and in our neighborhood jib park during the Mid-Atlantic Blizzard of 2016 (over knee deep snow) for hours apiece. I asked him if his feet got wet wearing them - No.
Given his positive review, I bought a pair for myself. I love snowboarding, but have struggled with severe arch pain / cramping / spasm. I splurged for yet another pair of boots (I've own three pairs in my short snowboarding career). I am a size 9.5 (like most people one foot is slightly different size). Ride Trident size 9.5 fit both my feet perfectly. Without custom insoles (I'be worn Footprint Gamechangers which have helped but not eliminated my pain in other boots, but I chose to not wear them in these boots to eliminate variables) Without custom heat molding its liner (also something that has helped not not eliminated heal lift / arch pain)...I wore these boots just as they came right out of the box.
10 times Triple Wow (previous review I read). Totally concur. Would like to give 10 stars. I love these boots. No arch pain. No heel lift. No hot spots ...and no water leakage / wet feet. I can customize the fit. "Dialed in!" (I tighten down the top section big time while only slight dialing for lower section and ankle - this does not squish or flatten my foot and therefore does not aggravate my arches. At the same time, it locks in my foot snug enough to prevent any heel lift what-so-ever.) Overall, this boot is extremely responsive and I feel the most in-control over all of my boards that I have ever had....but at the same time extremely comfortable. Awesome boots.
My son's complaint about dialing is partly true. I will make occasional re-tighting (slight / not massive) turns after every couple of laps. He reports that he makes frequent retightening. Small price to pay in my opinion...especially when you consider that all boots need to be tightened after runs and the Trident offers such a convenient way to tighten. Lastly, this is my first Boa boot. I love the fact that 3 quick pops on each boot after my last run, makes for a dream walk to my vehicle after a full day riding. Also, I have never had a problem with the inside dials scraping into each other / bumping or catching.
Awesome boots. I snowboarded in pain because I loved snowboarding so much. Now I can do it pain free, complete comfort and control. Just awesome. I hope my pair of boots last for decades (or) I hope Ride does nothing to change this boots in future years.
Fixed my problems
I have accesory navicular (extra bone in foot) that makes boots with less ability to control the pressure on the region like three inches from the bend of your ankle hurt unbearably bad. To the point where I have to call it after the second run some days. This boot is basically designed to fix this problem. You can have the whole boot completely locked in while leaving this one area less tight. The boa zones are so distinct, you have full control to dial it in however you want. I swear by this boot. Also, despite the stiffness, no soreness on break in anywhere. Bottom line, you get what you pay for.
So here is my secound Review of These boots after testing in snow!
I still love them ! No water collection what other guys said (I love to ride with real tight cranked boots......perhabs they collect water if you ride them loose....I don´t know) ! Perfect heel hold and a realy grippy Michelin sole. I was able to stand very secure on my snowboard without bindings after getting of the chairlift ! No problems with the Boa system even under -25degree Celsius. I would give them 6 Stars if I could ......Someone wants to buy used K2 Thraxxis :-D.....
Wow ....what a boot !!!! Coming from the very stiff Thraxxis whitch caused a lot of pressure points when cranking them tied I was really highly surprised when I first tried the Triedents on ! What a perfect fit ! Excellent heelhold and a superb tight but soft fit !Absolutly NO pressure points !!!! I heard some bad stories that these boots collect water cause the tounge works like a funnel for snow and I´m very excited if this is true ( hope not ....PLEEEEASE).....So far these are the best boots I´ve ever tried......I will update this review after trying them in the snow in January...
Highly recommend so far !!!!
Most comfortable boot I have ever owned. Great all mountain performance.
3x boa is fast, conventient and holds foot great with no hot spots. Plush but stiff enough to really work the edges. Loosen on the lift and then spin the knobs to ride comfortably connected. Easy to adust 3 foot zones on the fly as needed.
Dreamliner is fantastic for seamless comfort. No strings or velcro straps to mess with. It wraps around your foot like a shin high slipper and closes with a velco strip. The shell then tightens down with even pressure all over thanks to 3x boa. Heel hold is fantastic, zero lift.
Did swap out footbed for a sligjtly thicker and higher arched "athletic" insert from The Walking Store, this took up the little bit of extra room above toe box for my foot shape.
Low volume boots are great, size 12 but I could pretty much stand 0 degrees without any drag if I wanted to.
These boots replaced a pair of DC Allegence which I rode for five seasons. They were my prior favorite, 2x boa and held up great until toe area started to crush from use and abuse. Was time to retire them and the Tridendents are a great upgrade.
These boots are amazing. I ordered these boots and the Vans Aura boots from Backcountry.com. I wanted to compare a moderately priced mellow boot with a higher priced, high performance stiffer boot. Amazingly the Trident was much more comfortable. It fit like a glove right out of the box with no pressure points. The Aura on the other hand felt totally off. It just felt uncomfortable in many areas around my foot. It was also much bulkier and heavy. The Trident is extremely light and has a beautiful fit with the triple BOA. The Intuition Dream Liner is a dream. It has no laces and a wrap around closure. The 3rd BOA is completely internal and serves to pull the tongue down and set your heel deep. These boots are stiff but because of the liner, triple BOA and generally great shape of the boot, they have the comfort of a much more flexible boot. I highly recommend that you spend the extra bucks for these boots if you are deciding between these and a less expensive boot. It is well worth it.