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DC Travis Rice Boa 2021-2022 Snowboard Boots Review

Tested and selected for our top 100 snowboard products of the year: the DC Travis Rice Boa

  • Price: £400 / €450
  • Sizes: US 7-13
  • Flex: 9/10
  • Lacing System: Dual Boa

Why we chose the DC Travis Rice Boa Snowboard Boots: Let’s be real, any product that Travis Rice puts his name to is held to a higher standard than others. We wanted to find a fault with this, honestly, we did, it’d be like finding a spelling mistake in the dictionary, but this is just a damn good boot. Too damn good, congrats Travvy, you’ve done it again.

Travis is the master of blurring the lines between freeride and freestyle, his big mountain exploits are peppered with floaty back 3’s and tweaked out methods. His boot does the same, with the rugged hardiness of a true backcountry behemoth, but enough plush comfort and play to be a powerful daily driver.

Sunrise splitboard missions, stomping natty features or boosting windlips, as long as you’re going big, these boots will feel right at home.

“Let’s be real, any product that Travis Rice puts his name to is held to a higher standard than others”

Who Is The DC Travis Rice Boa For?

Travis fanboys for one (nothing wrong with that, the man is a certified legend). Come on, you probably have at least one of the Orca fleet waxed up and ready to go, you’ve been watching Art of Flight all summer and tingling in anticipation of the first proper snowfall.

Or you’re a super gnarly big mountain rider and multi-day missions into the unknown are your bread and butter. Either way, you’ve gotta have some experience to rock a pair of these, they’re stiff with a capital S for unparalleled control when you need it most, so if you’re underprepared, they’ll be taking you for a ride instead.

Shell & Outsole

Sitting a little under the über-stiff Shuksan in the flex scale but with features that are geared more towards off the beaten track exploration, the Travis Rice Boa puts the onus on staying warm, dry, and comfortable when you’re out and exposed. The Storm Flap keeps the elements out, whilst temperature regulating Aerotech Ventilation allows for airflow through the shell of the boot, working with the sweat-wicking liner to mitigate the risks of swamp foot after a day on the hill.

The Asymmetrical ANTI DRAG Outsole is another of Travis’ little tricks to give him the edge when the stakes are high. The sole design reduces toe and heel drag and minimises the boots footprint, mitigating even the smallest risk of catching when you’re going mach 10 down the steep and deep.

“The Asymmetrical ANTI DRAG Outsole is another of Travis’ little tricks to give him the edge when the stakes are high”

Liner

For 2021/22, DC have overhauled their liners into a streamlined 1,2,3 system, with the Travis Rice Boa boasting the top-of-the-line Response 3, a warmer, more customizable option than previous years. With moisture wicking Thinsulate insulation, heat mouldable multi-density foam and an independently functioning liner lace system including an internal heel harness.

Underfoot you’ll find an anatomically designed, recycled EVA foam insole, with moulded arch support to alleviate foot fatigue. When you’re boot packing, splitboarding or just crushing groomers all day long, you’ll be thankful your feet are getting the VIP treatment.

“The 21/22 Travis Rice Boa is no different, not for the faint of heart, this boot packs a hefty punch”

Roundup

Although Travis can more than back up his freestyle credentials, we probably wouldn’t recommend this boot to those who want to spend the whole day hitting the medium kicker line. It’s just too heavy duty, but if you’re looking to take your bag of tricks outside the park ropes and into the backcountry, then this rugged son of a gun has got its best foot forward.

Travis Rice is a visionary, from game changing gear to industry shaking contests, he’s always one step ahead of the curve. The 21/22 Travis Rice Boa is no different, not for the faint of heart, this boot packs a hefty punch.

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