The DC Men's Travis Rice Boa Snowboard Boot offers a stiff, highly responsive flex, with technological upgrades to keep your feet happier than ever when you're slaying steeps, sending monstrous booters, and surf-slashing powder. New for this season, the boot's asymmetric articulating cuff locks in powerful support on the lateral side, with a bit more freedom along the medial side to really tweak-out grabs with style.
The Boa Focus closure independently tightens the upper and lower zones for the utmost in responsive energy transfer. The beauty with the Boa Focus system lies within its ability to lock down your heel during high-speed riding. This is great if you're often lacking support, due to a skinnier heel shape. It also works great for anyone desiring the quick-turning convenience of separate upper and lower Boa dials. Additionally, this specific Boa Focus uses stainless steel laces to prevent corrosion and breakdown, which is especially important for riders like Travis who spend countless days deep in the backcountry.
Loaded with DC's top-shelf Black SE liner, this boot comfortably wraps around your foot without pesky pressure points or weird hot spots. Its thermo-moldable foam conforms to the shape of your foot and ankle over time. You can heat mold 'em straight away for a great fit or simply ride a few sessions to achieve the same foot-conforming fit. Moreover, you'll appreciate the supreme cushioning of the Impact S footbed when you're sending massive jumps like Travis (well, we can try anyway) or blasting over choppy chunder.
Another big upgrade for this year, the Asymmetrical Anti-Drag sole shaves off key areas along the toe and heel to eliminate drag, especially when you're carving on steep terrain. This asymmetric sole blends grippy rubber with DC's feathery Unilite foam for a balance of sure-footed traction and lightweight feel.
- SuperFabric upper with waterproof Storm Flap
- Asymmetric articulating cuff
- Boa Focus closure with H3 Reel
- Boa Black SS laces (stainless steel)
- Black SE Liner with Aerotech Ventilation
- Internal ankle harness
- Impact S footbed
- Asymmetrical Anti-Drag outsole (rubber + Unilite)
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- Q & A
Not too bad....
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Well, the only complaint I have is the zipper and strap that covers the BOA fasteners. The zipper is so tough to unzip at the end of a long day and the flap is nearly cut in half due to rubbing my board on the lift. I will duck tape it as I love the support this boot gives. Super comfortable and great for hiking steep lines too.
Definitely Not Up To T Rice Standards
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
DC Travis Rice Boots 2015-16
Gnu Impossible 2014-15
Burton Diode Bindings 2014-15
I bought these boots expecting for them to match (or at least come close to matching)Travis Rice's riding style from a technological standpoint (perfect for serious all mountain charging, very stable/sturdy etc.) I was let down, unfortunately.
The boots were clearly made using cheap prefabricated materials. After 11 days of riding, they look and feel like they are ready to get hung up on the wall for good. Seams opening everywhere, materials coming apart....much of the inside of the boot looks like it could've been assembled using Grandma's sewing kit. Despite being aesthetically pretty nice looking, these boots are not well made.
The liner is way too busy; between the velcro strap, liner tightener, and boa system. Everything gets tangled, and could have been far more well organized on the inside of the boot.
By far and away the biggest flaw with these boots is the fact that the entire tounge of the boot shifts while in use. I would pick up my pants to tighten up the boots mid-run, and the entire tounge/front of the boot would be completely off centered, rendering it basically useless. I happen to have large calves, so it is possible that the boots did not fit me properly. However, this seems like way to important and obvious of an issue to be anything other than poor design or manufacturer defect.
These boots are not stiff at all despite the 9/10 flex rating on DC's scale. In the entire spectrum of all boots I've ridden, I'd put these much closer to a 6 (absolutely no higher than 7).
The boots are comfortable, and the small footprint is actually noticeably smaller than other boots the same size. The strongest point of the boots is the Boa chords. They appear to be very strong, and do not seem to loosen at all during a day of riding. Beacuse of the other problems I had with the tongue completely shifting directions, this unfortunately didn't make any difference for me.
I'm afraid this boot was too little too late from DC. The Lib Tech T Rice is the most tech filled, cutting edge, all around solid snowboard I've ever ridden, so I definitely expected higher quality from something bearing his name.
Not as good as they used to be.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Once upon a time, DC made a great boot called the Status. Then they changed the name to the Travis Rice Status in 2013 and the last couple seasons its just been called the Travis Rice boot. Since they put T.Rice's name on the thing the quality seems to have gone downhill. I had a pair of the 2014 model which I returned because the sole on the right boot was coming unglued and the stitching on the toe of the left boot was coming apart. They warrantied the boots and gave me the 2015 model -Â props to DC, and at the time I was stoked. Upon receiving the 2015 Travis Rice boots I noticed there was a design change with the addition of a fabric flap secured by a small zipper over the lower zone of the boot. I didn'Ât see the reason for this flap as the fabric isn'Ât heavy-duty enough to protect the Boa from resting your board edge on it (if that'Âs what you do), and the small zipper seemed like it would get clogged with snow/ice and be damaged. Somewhere between 5 and 10 days into last season my fear of the zipper issue became a reality -Â the zipper on the left boot got kinked and I could only unzip it halfway. I cut the flap off and even thought it looked hokey it worked fine as the flap is really unnecessary. By spring of last season, the stitching on one of the Boa guides on the right boot started coming undone -Â just poor quality. This is the second pair of these boots that has crapped out on me in as many seasons. Where the old Status boots would last me 2 -Â 3 seasons, the Travis Rice boot can'Ât even last one season -Â makes me wonder how many pairs Rice himself goes through in a year... Anyway, I'Âm done with DC and have moved on to a different stiff, two-zone Boa boot made by another brand. Looks like they kept the cute but pointless flap for 2016 and I don'Ât trust the quality anymore. See photo of my 2015 T.Rice boots with the cut off flap (foreground, L boot) and Boa guide stitching coming apart (background, R boot).
I'v been riding a pair of 2010 Burton Ions, and the "shrinkage" on the boot's footprint size helps a lot. If you were to compare a same-size 2016 DC Travis Rice boot with the 2016 Ion, sole to sole, how do they align? Thanks!