Hello and welcome to my Ride Lasso snowboard boots review.
In this review I will take a look at the Lasso as all-mountain snowboard boots.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Lasso a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other all-mountain boots.
Boots: Ride Lasso Boa
Price: $349 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 79.3/100
Compared to other All-Mountain Boots
Out of the 31 all-mountain boots that I rated:
Overview of the Lasso’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Lasso's specs and available sizes.
A little lighter than normal
Who are the Lasso Most Suited to?
The Lasso suits rider's looking for something that's just a little stiffer than medium, but nothing too stiff.
Good for someone looking for boots that are good for carving, but are forgiving enough that they don't feel like tanks when riding slow, and for those who tend to have issues with heel lift.
Best matched with 5/10 to 7/10 flexing boards, IMO, with 8/10 flexing boards OK too.
The Lasso in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Lasso are capable of.
Boots: Ride Lasso Boa 2021
Size: 10 (US Men's Sizing)
Date: January 13, 2021
Conditions: Mixture of sun and cloud - perfect visibility.
Temperature at -1°C (30°F) and supposed to be -13°C (9°F) with wind chill. Certainly was a cold wind. Wind 55kph (34mph) but didn't feel that cold.
24 hour snow: 4cm (1.5")
48 hour snow: 9cm (3.5")
7 day snow: 69cm (27")
Snow conditions on groomer: Icy for the most part.
Snow conditions off groomer: Icy for the most part.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Board Demoed With: YES Greats 2019
Bindings Demoed With: Burton Malavita 2019
Outersole Length: 31cm (mondo 28.0cm)
Difference between Mondo & Outersole: 3cm
Backstay Height: 28.1cm
Weight: 900 grams*
* Average of a sample of boots I weighed was 1006 grams, so a bit lighter than the average. Heaviest were 1320 grams and lightest were 740 grams.
They feel just that small bit stiffer than medium. I would say 7/10 bordering on 6.5/10.
Good fit out of the box. I found them to be quite tight around the ankles but not too uncomfortably so.
Width: Right in the middle. Certainly didn’t feel narrow, but certainly aren’t wide either. Perfectly medium. Plenty of room for toes both width and length-wise. At the widest part of the foot, they feel very medium. Versus my Tactical ADVs they are narrower and slightly less wriggle room for toes.
True to Size?: I'm typically a 10 and the 10 fit just right, so I would say true to size.
High or Low Arch: No pressure on the top of either foot which is pretty rare, right out of the box - for most boots I have to ride in them a bit or heat mold them to take the pressure off the top of the foot. So I’d say that they’re fine for those with high arches.
I felt like I could lean just a little harder into a carve with these than with my Tactical ADVs and, as typically is the case, they're just a little less forgiving and little less maneuverable at slower speeds.
Good heel hold. I had very minimal heel lift in these boots - and only really got that maybe 5mm of heel lift when really trying to yank my ankle up. When riding didn't notice any lift.
The second Boa (tongue tied Boa as Ride call it) on the Lasso works on pulling the ankle into the heel and bringing the tongue down into that ankle area, so I think that really helps with heel hold (at the expense of adjustability - more on that below).
The biggest complaint I have with the Lasso Boa is that the entire outer boot is controlled by one Boa. This doesn't allow for independent adjustment of the lower boot and upper boot.
The second Boa works on the inside of the boot to tighten around the ankle - which helps with heel hold, for sure, and also allows you to re-tighten that on the go, if you feel the need, which is certainly a plus for adjustability on the fly, but would be nice to have a third boa so you can have some separation of the upper boot (like the Trident). I know that would increase the price, but you know.
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Comfortable overall from the get go. Initially felt a little tight around the ankles, but even just sitting in them, that eased off. I noticed it initially when riding in them too, but it wasn't anything too bad for me.
However, I have had others comment that they have felt these boots dig into their ankles, so it's something to consider.
They're not terrible at absorbing shock, but there nothing great either. Certainly felt them more than the Tactical ADV (though nothing is that shock absorbing!) but also felt they didn't absorb shock as well as the Response ADV, which I also tested that day, which was also less than the Tactical ADV.
Board feel is pretty good in these boots. So what you lack in shock absorption does help you to feel what's going on well. More board feel than the Tactical ADV.
The sole isn't anything amazing. It looks pretty average. Mid-tred depth and didn't feel super high-quality. If you wanted an upgraded sole from this, the Lasso Pro has got the nicer sole.
They're not super reduced, but they're certainly not bulky either. They're about average in terms of the profile length.
Pretty easy all round to get in and out of these boots. Slipped in and out pretty easily but still with a god fit once on.
The liner lacing is typical of most brands, but I found the latch to lock it in place a little cumbersome. Became easier to use as I got used to it, so definitely not a deal breaker or anything.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
SLOW SPEED RESPONSE
TOTAL after normalizing
The Lasso is a solid all round boot that's got a slightly stiffer than medium feel. It strikes a good balance between being good on a carve, but still being forgiving enough at slower speed, but slightly more on the carvy side.
They also offer good heel hold and that tongue tied BOA does a really good job of helping with that.
Adjustability of the outer boot is the biggest issue and some have had issues with it being uncomfortable around the ankle. I felt it around the ankle, but didn't find it was a big issue for me.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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