Deeluxe Empire Lara 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Boots Review

If Croft went snowboarding...

Do you want women’s snowboard gear that doesn’t look like women’s snowboard gear? The Deeluxe range of female-specific boots ditches the flowers and pastels, whilst still tweaking the tech just right for the riders it’s designed for. Take the Deeluxe Empire Lara women’s snowboard boots, for example.

Other than the new ‘Girl Power’ lace handles (which appear to be more an excuse for a bad pun than any real innovation), the Deeluxe Empire Lara boots have much the same aesthetics and features as the men’s equivalent. Both are as all-rounder-friendly as it’s possible to be, covering all bases from park to backcountry.

“The Deeluxe Empire Lara boots rank among the most impressive all-mountain models of the year”

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The outer shell doesn’t just look great – it’s made from a durable waterproof membrane that allows your feet to breathe at all times, whilst staying protected from the snow. It’s also been made to flex slightly more on the medial side of each foot (that’s the one that your big toe is on) than the lateral side. As you move your weight along the length of the board, it’s easier to get those surf-style turns, but when you’re whipping from edge to edge across the corduroy then you still get plenty of support.

If you like a stiffer tongue, the addition of a firmer ‘TPS Shield’ (available with the Empire Lara for a slightly higher price) can make it more suited to aggressive riding. Furthermore, the powerstrap can be pulled tighter at the front. However you choose to set it, the backstay gives you reliable support for all the heelside carves or take-offs you need.

“Two speed laces control the upper and lower zones independently”

As for the rest of Empire Lara, two speed laces control the upper and lower zones independently. It’s a piece of cake to get exactly the right level of security that you want, and can be changed on the fly even when wearing heavy mitts.

We’ve always said, and continue to say, that boots are the most subjective gear out there – what works for someone else may not work for you, even if you have similar riding styles and preferences. It’s always a good idea to start with a brand that takes boot tech seriously, though, and the Deeluxe Empire Lara boots rank among the most impressive all-mountain models of the year.

Trade Secrets

Florian Heim – Marketing Manager, Deeluxe

“At Deeluxe we take the feedback of our customers very seriously. Over the last years the feedback we got from some of our female customers was that some had problems tightening their boots.

Therefore, we came up with the all new Girl Power handle for our 18/19 women series. This reinforced and customized handle is much easier and more convenient to use, and helps female riders to perfectly tighten their boots.

The Empire Lara is designed for female rippers who demand more from a boot and feel at home in any terrain. Therefore it has an asymmetrical flex that makes the boot stiffer on the outside and more flexible on the inside, resulting in the perfect blend of power and control. Additionally, the Empire Lara is equipped with the Remedy outsole. This especially versatile sole combines traction and cushioning at its best.

All that plus its fresh colourway and a lot of love for detail make the Empire Lara your perfect companion for every upcoming adventure.”

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