DC Judge 2017-2018 Snowboard Boots Review

  • Price: £260 / €330
  • Sizes: UK 6-12
  • Flex: 8
  • Entry System: Dual Boa

Stiff and serious, the DC Judge snowboard boot is the go-to for most of the brand’s pro team. It’s got the chops to handle their kind of high-speed, high-consequence riding, whether it’s in the park or the backcountry. This winter it’s been given a few tweaks that make it better than ever.

“Overheating isn’t a concern thanks to the ‘Aerotech’ vents that work seamlessly with those of the outer shell”

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As before, the DC Judge features a dual Boa coiler system, which allows you to control the tightness on the upper and lower zones of the boot separately. Boa gives you an unbeatably precise fit every time, and the High Power Reel makes things go more quickly and easily when you want to loosen off the wire.

They’ve also carried over the impressive liner tech from last year’s version. A powerstrap ensures you’re as well supported as you’d like, whilst a foil layer reflects heat back around the boot. Overheating isn’t a concern thanks to the ‘Aerotech’ vents that work seamlessly with those of the outer shell. J-bars keep your heel locked down where it belongs, and different versions of EVA foam work together to deliver as comfortable a fit as possible.

“New for 2017/18 is a redesigned outsole, featuring Vibram shock-absorption”

New for 2017/18 is a redesigned outsole, featuring Vibram shock-absorption. It’ll deal with the vast majority of the vibrations that lead to sore feet, whether it’s from hammering across uneven terrain or stomping landings on the kicker line. Like all DC boots, there’s some serious tread on there too, which comes in handy when you’re skating across a flat section.

The DC Judge’s insole is also built to take a battering, which is another indicator of what kind of snowboarder should be looking at these. It’s not for everyone, but fans of stiff, uncompromising performance boots will find everything they’re looking for in the DC Judge.

Trade Secrets

Chris ‘Gunny’ Gunnarson – Founder, Snow Park Technologies

All of us at SPT are so stoked on the Judge Boot for it’s function and style, comfort and versatility. Whether riding or working in the snow, the Judge boot is our favourite all around boot from DC, on and off the job.

We can’t take much of the credit though; DC’s snow product design team has been so responsive in working with SPT to craft products that help our team adapt to the ever-changing elements that we work and play in.

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