- Price: £200
- Sizes: 5-12
- Flex: 7
They say: Our team-inspired boot.
We say: A relatively stiff-flexing beast built for advanced freestylers – like the Thirty-Two team. It’s got an ‘Articulating Cuff’ for extra tweakability and features a super-tech ‘level 4 liner’. Perhaps a bit stiff for most jibbers, but Simon Chamberlain rides it, so it works for some.
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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.