Head into any reputable snowboard shop and the shop staff will tell you in no uncertain terms that the thing you should spend most time on is your boots. Whether you’re chatting to the small moustachioed man who’s been riding for 20 years, or the groady looking Canadian who was on a snowboard before he could walk, they’ll agree on one thing- boots are the most important part of your set up.
There’s a crazy amount of choice out there, so to make things a bit simpler we’ve spent the season curating this list of the best snowboard boots for winter 2019/20.
“We always recommend that your first purchase after learning to ride should be a comfortable pair of snowboard boots”
There’s a lot of choice out there, do you want a pair of £500 boots that lace themselves à la Back To The Future, or the super soft flexing snowsurf number? When deciding which boot to go for there’s a few things you want to consider. Fit is the most important, but you’ll want to factor in the flex rating of the boots as well. Jib kids and park rats will generally want a softer option to get more tweak-ability and playfulness out of them. Whereas a lycra suited, piste charger will often opt for a stiff boot to garner more control.
Realistically there’s no absolute black and white right or wrong with it for flex, you’ve got to factor preference into it as well. However, a newer rider normally fares better with a softer model, as they have more margin for error as they’re still finding their feet. Just make sure you try on a few different stiffness’ and see what’s feeling best for you.
There’s no real way to tell whether a boot will fit you unless you try it on, even if you’ve had a pair before, brands are known to change their sizes occasionally. You’re looking for a snug fit, without it being tight anywhere. Think like a sock – it’s touching your foot everywhere, but there’s no specific point where it’s much tighter than anywhere else. You’ll want to make sure that as you’re flexing forwards into your boot that you’re locked into the heel, to avoid sloppy riding or delayed reaction time.
Get yourself a well-fitting pair of boots and you’ll be surprised at how much it affects your riding. A well fitting boots can offer powerful edge to edge transitions, improved response time and the ability to walk away from your snowboard trip with all your toenails. Conversely, an ill fitting pair might leave you with foot cramp, muscle pain and a surplus of blisters. Match a nice new pair of boots with a nice new pair of socks and you’ll be laughing.
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Adidas Acerra ADV | Adidas Response 3MC ADV | Adidas Samba ADV | Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV | Burton Kendo | Burton Ritual StepOn | Burton Swatch StepOn | Deeluxe Footloose | Deeluxe Ground Control | Deeluxe Harmony BOA | Deeluxe ID Bloodline | Deeluxe Team ID Lara | Deeluxe X-Plorer | Head Eight BOA | Head Four BOA | K2 Taro Tamai Snowsurfer | K2 Darko | Nidecker Helios | Nidecker Tracer | Nidecker Trinity | Northwave Edge | Northwave Domain | Ride Fuse | Ride Hera BOA | Rome Inferno | Salomon Launch | Salomon LoFi | Salomon Malamute