- Price: £220
- Sizes: 4-12
- Flex: 3
They say: Dedicated to riders who want to be in harmony with the surrounding nature and mountain.
We say: This is a relatively simple boot, with traditional laces rather than fancy more modern systems, but don’t let that or the soft flex deceive you as to the quality here – it’s second to none.
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- Building boards since: 2004
- HQ: Auburn, CA, USA
- History lesson: Founded by a crew of riders who “believe in quality first”, Academy has grown slowly overseas, but it rapidly became a household name in the states, with a team that featured the likes of Chad Otterstrom. Right from the beginning the idea has been to support the growth of ordinary riders alongside team shredders. For that reason (and also, probably because it fits neatly with their name) Academy give out a series of scholarships to talented snow lovers each year to help them through college. Nice guys then!
- Ridden by: Frat-boys on company scholarships, and US-based park rats who know their Tyler Flanagans from their Scotty Jameses.