Landing near the top of the list for our testers, the Monarchs lacing system, while initially intimidating, proved intricate, efficient, and strangely satisfying once figured out. These beefy boots with their snug, secure fit also served up exceptional, immediate pain-free comfort. But even without a noticeable break-in period, the Monarch never felt mushy. In fact, its middle-of-the-road flex combined with a natural and responsive boot-to-board connection resulted in immediate familiarity, creating an at-home feel across any conditions or terrain.

Boot Features & Details

  • TLS 5 Twin closure
  • Cloud 3 liner
  • Rubber/EVA outsole
  • Anatomical footbed
  • MSRP $240.00

Rad: Enough comfort to last from morning through happy hour.

Bad: Not the warmest boot of the test.

Despite the initially intimidating look of its lacing system, the Monarch ended up impressing our testers with its efficient design. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The TLS 5 Twin lacing system looks daunting, but it’s actually quick and easy to use. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

While testers didn’t find the Cloud 3 Liner to be as warm as advertised, it did provide exceptional comfort and support. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The middle-of-the-road flex resulted in instant familiarity, which created an at-home feel in any terrain. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Beneath, an anatomical footbed provides comfort and security. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A durable rubber, EVA outsole caps off the Nitro Monarch, a boot that testers found to be among the most comfortable and reliable in the test. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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We start the Tested + Approved process by reaching out to brands with reputable product offerings, asking them to submit qualifying gear across an array of categories. We then distribute this gear to insightful, diehard shredders across the country with distinguished product knowledge and an astute ability to critique it. Committed to eliminating inferior items, blown out soles, busted zippers, fogged up lenses, and gimmicky tech is sifted out. What remains is a collection of the industry’s most proven products; all of it Tested + Approved.

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