Last season, I had the opportunity to test a pair of 509 laced RAID boots. So here are my impressions.
First of all, I would like to mention that these boots are totally to my liking. I really like the combined look of the matte brushed finish and the rubber reinforcements, giving these boots an all-black design that combines sobriety and character.
Once on, they are real slippers! They are definitely the most comfortable boots I’ve ever tried on. The interior is soft, and the ankle support is perfect. Considering the solidity of the sole as well as the lateral and rear rigidity of these boots, I would have expected to feel some stiffness when moving, but the combination of the laces and the flexibility of the tongue gives the RAID impressive freedom of movement. What’s more, the grip and stiffness of the sole being indispensable characteristics for driving off the beaten track, 509 delivers a product that meets my expectations.
In terms of warmth and waterproofness, I didn’t encounter any issues in the conditions I tested them in. My use, mostly off-trail, has revealed these boots’ true qualities, as much at -20 °C in deep powder snow as in spring conditions in wet snow. I have never had frozen or wet feet, which is major for snowmobile fun. However, I haven’t really tested the RAIDs in a more immobile application, such as a full day on the trail, so I can’t really testify on that aspect.
In summary, the 509 laced RAID boots are an easy choice. I recommend them without hesitation!