Hello and welcome to my Ride Trident snowboard boots review.
In this review I will assess the Ride Trident’s as all-mountain boots. i.e. boots that are good at doing a bit of everything.
How they are Rated
Everything that is reviewed on SnowboardingProfiles.com is given a score, so the Tridents will get a score out of 100. This score is broken down into several categories which are:
- Reduced Footprint
- Heel Hold
- Shock Absorption
As we are looking at all mountain boots we are looking at boots that should be at least reasonably good at each of the categories.
Ride’s Trident Boots Overview
Boots: Ride Trident
Price: $439 RRP
Lacing System: Triple Boa
Flex: Medium-Stiff (8 out of 10 on Ride’s “feel-o-meter”)
Now let’s take a closer look within the categories to see how the Trident’s do.
The Trident’s definitely aren’t for the faint hearted. These are on the stiff side of all mountain boots and would also do a great job as freeride boots. They are definitely for the aggressive all mountain rider.
If you are on the more casual, playful side of all-mountain riding you might want to check out some other options. Check out some more options at the link below.
What’s great about the stiffness of these boots is the awesome response they get. In fact they are even more responsive than what you’d normally expect from an 8 out of 10.
And that’s awesome for those aggressive riders who like to bomb it hard down the mountain, love to ride chutes, tree runs and any other challenging terrain that requires tight manoeuvring and sharp reflexes.
Got larger feet that are just too big to fit on a normal width board? Or would you prefer to ride a narrower board to eek out even more responsiveness and manoeuvrability? Or are you worried about digging your boots into the snow on hard carves?
Not a problem with the Trident’s – they have an awesome outer-sole reduction – so you ride a boot that has an outer-sole that is essentially a whole size smaller than a normal boot with the same inner.
This opens up your board options and can help some people fit on a narrower board or smaller sized bindings.
Everyone’s feet are different so there’s no guarantee in terms of heel hold but if you tend to have issues with heel hold then the Tridents are definitely worth trying to see if they are a good fit.
What helps this heel hold?
The tridents actually use a triple boa system. They have the traditional double boa system for the outer boot which uses one boa coil to tighten the lower section of the outer boot and a separate boa coil to tighten the upper section.
But they also have a third boa coil which works on the inner boot and this locks down tight on your ankle and pushes your heel down holding it firmly in place.
Learn more in the video below
So with great heel-hold, response, reduced footprint and traction (see below) these boots are ticking all the boxes for downhill riding – but to be good all-mountain bindings they must also be able to ride freestyle too.
Shock absorption is really important for freestyle riding – to absorb the impact of all those jumps, tricks and jibs. It’s also important for comfort.
The Tridents, as any good all-mountain boot should, don’t slack off in this area either. Sometimes it’s difficult to get boots to have good shock absorption and traction at the same time. This is because if there’s too much padding in the sole it’s tougher to make it grip.
But the Tridents achieve a great balance here – one of the hallmarks of great all mountain boots.
Because these boots are quite stiff they’ll be better for bigger jumps than the likes of boxes and rails, where softer flexing boots would do a better job. They’d be great in the pipe though!
Like to ride in the backcountry?
Then you probably need to do some hiking to get to the best spots. So you’re going to need some decent traction on those boots.
The Tridents, true to their all-mountain billing, will have no issues taking you into the backcountry and have some awesome traction for those hiking missions.
This is also great for when you’re coming off the lifts or skating on flats – when you need your boots to grip your stomp pad for control.
Another video to break up the text!
This video talks about three different Ride boots. The last one is the Trident – so skip to around 2:45mins if you just want to check out the Trident.
A warning that this guy goes on about their Michelin soles a lot if you are going to watch the whole thing. And it’s also for the 2015 model but still applies to the 2016 model.
As mentioned in the heel-hold section above, the Tridents use a triple boa system.
This gives you some awesome control over how you have your boots tightened.
Like a looser top section but tight around your ankle – no problem!
This can also help when you want to ride the park and want a bit more give in the boots.
Let’s face it, no one wants to be uncomfortable on the mountain and no one wants to come off the mountain with sore feet, legs or back.
You shouldn’t have any trouble with the comfort with these bad boys.
These are Ride’s top of the line boots and nothing has been spared on materials here to make them comfortable and lightweight.
Not too much has changed for the 2016 model.
However, just a warning that some users have found themselves with wet feet (thanks to Adrian for pointing this out – see comment below) after riding in these for a prolonged period of time. Other reviews haven’t mentioned this so it may have been a bad batch – but just so you know that this could be an issue.
O.k. let’s take a look at the breakdown of the Trident’s score.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||91.8/100|
That’s an awesome score – and in fact topped my list of the top all mountain snowboard boots
Over to You
Thanks for checking out my review of Ride’s Trident snowboard boots. I hope this has given you some valuable insight into these boots and whether or not they are for you.
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