If all-day comfort is a priority, RIDEs Hera is a slightly soft-flexing freeride option that offers up a cushy and forgiving fit. The dual-density EVA midsole still cushioned heavy impacts, and the liner cradled and conformed to riders feet. With the inclusion of a dual Boa system, the Hera was quick and painless to secure. As an added bonus, the liners anti-microbial coating was effective in keeping stench at bay, a welcomed feature after long days on the mountain. Slightly softer than other boots on this list, we recommend RIDEs Hera for intermediate ladies looking to take the next step in progression.

Boot Features & Details

  • In2grated construction
  • Intuition Support liner
  • Dual density EVA midsole
  • Aegis antimicrobial coating
  • MSRP $260.00

Rad: Anti-microbial coating combats dreaded stinky boot syndrome.

Bad: May be too soft for women in search of an aggressive freeride boot.

If all-day comfort is a priority, the soft-flexing Hera might just be your freeride ticket. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A dual Boa lacing system makes this boot quick and painless to secure. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Intuition Support Liner is heat moldable, offering customizable support and performance. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Featuring RIDE’s In2grated Construction, the Hera creates a lightweight, short length boot, which is less susceptible to packing out. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

These boots feature an Aegis Antimicrobial coating, combatting that dreaded stinky boot syndrome. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Testers praised the Hera’s dual density EVA midsole for its ability to cushion heavy impacts. | 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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