Mark S.wrote a review of DC Travis Rice Boa Snowboard Boot - Men's on November 13, 2015
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).