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Best Snowboard Boots For 2021-2022 | Our Pick Of The Best Snowboard Boots

Whether you're looking for an ultra flexy snowsurf boot or a crampon compatible splitboard number, here's our roundup of this season's best snowboard boots

Like most things in life, snowboarding is about preferences and individual specifications, and therefore the ‘best snowboard boot in the world’ doesn’t really exist. Like humans, snowboard boots come in all different shapes and sizes and there’s something out there for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a versatile all-mountain option, an uber stiff freeride demon or a mellow freestyle boot, you’ve come to the right place.

“The sheer number of boots on offer these days is toe-tally mind blowing, so we’ve narrowed it down to our top choices”

When purchasing a new snowboard boot there’s a few things you’ll want to bear in mind. Fit will always be the most important factor, followed by flex and then lacing. Head into your local snowboard store to try a bunch of different models and brands on, you’ll find out what works for you, and what doesn’t. I know a guy with six toes on one foot and even he manages to find a boot that works. The sheer number of boots on offer these days is toe-tally mind blowing, so we’ve narrowed it down to our top choices.

A good pair of snowboard boots are the single most important part of your set up, get them right and you’ll be laughing. A properly fitted boot has a myriad of benefits from improved edge control when you’re railing turns all the way up to keeping all of your toenails after a trip. Whereas an ill-fitting pair of boots can leave you jaded, hobbling off the slope in agony as you head to the nearest bar to numb the pain with booze.

“A lycra suited piste charger will often opt for a stiff boot to garner more control”

After you nail down the fit, you’ll want to decide on your flex preferences. The stiffer the boots are, the more responsive they’ll be. 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. There’s no right or wrong with it, but as a general rule of thumb, a newer rider generally fares better with a softer, more mellow model as they’ve got more margin for error.

Remember, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better, you could have a £1000 pair of gold flaked boots that do themselves up and are woven with fibres made of Shaun White’s pubes but if they don’t fit you properly then that shit ain’t gonna fly. And whatever you do please, please, don’t just buy a pair of boots because your pal Barry has them and swears they “fit like a glove m8”.

“You could have a £1000 pair of gold flaked boots that do themselves up and are woven with fibres made of Shaun White’s pubes but if they don’t fit you properly then that shit ain’t gonna fly”

We’ve compiled our list of the best snowboard boots for 2021/22 in one handy place. There’s a bit of everything in this list, from soft flexing budget options to ultra-aggressive crampon compatible boots, so have a gander, check them out and find out what’s best for you.

Best Snowboard Boots 2021-2022


Deeluxe Deemon L3 Boa Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Freeride Boot (Unisex)
PRICE: £375 / €400

Deeluxe’s flagship all-mountain charger gets a little facelift for 2021/22, with an all-new and exclusive Boa lacing system, plus Deeluxe’s new Freeride tongue concept for VIP comfort. An offshoot of Elias Elhardt’s pro model, Deeluxe have worked with BOA to bring their new L3 concept to life for added ease of use and speed.

Who are The Deeluxe Deemon L3 Boa For?

Those looking for a boot with a bit of oomph. It doesn’t really matter where your riding takes you, be it big mountain charging or ripping the kicker line, with its refined features, solid flex and top of the line tech, the Deemon L3 Boa is ideal for riders who prioritise comfort, performance, and convenience.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Deeluxe Deemon L3 Boa here

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Vans Hi-Standard OG Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Freestyle Boot (Unisex)
PRICE: £205 / €235 / $200

Vans collaborated with team rider Kennedi Deck to produce her first pro-model boot this season, and in keeping with her mission for truly inclusive snowboarding, the Hi-Standard OG pays no mind to labels and is available across all genders and lines.

Who are The Vans Hi-Standard OG For?

Everyone. Seriously. This is Vans’ first ever non-binary pro colourway. If you like ‘em, get ‘em. Thanks to the mellow flex they’re ideal for any ability level, from anxious rookie all the way up to seasoned vet who prefers a more laid back feel for putting in a shift at the spot.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Vans Hi-Standard OG here

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Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £350 / €380 / $350

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Over the years Adidas have created a boot line that encompasses the whole spectrum of snowboarding, from the uber-playful skate inspired Samba, up to the top-of-the-line power and precision of the Acerra 3ST ADV. The Tactical Lexicon ADV sits in the middle, a daily driver for those ripping the whole resort.

Who are The Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV For?

The nice thing about the Tactical Lexicon ADV’s is that they don’t pigeon-hole your riding at all- they’re the ATV of the Adidas line. The price and semi-stiff flex may put newer riders off, but for those looking for something as responsive as it is resplendent these are hard to beat.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV here

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Burton Step On Kendo Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: €340

When Step On first appeared, your boot closure system options were Boa or bust. A speed-lace version wasn’t far behind, but it’s taken until now for an honest-to-goodness classic lace model to hit the range.

Who are The Burton Step On Kendo For?

Sitting in the sweetspot of appreciation for the Kendo Step On will be those who like their cutting edge tech wrapped up in an endearingly old-school package. If that combo is good enough for the Millenium Falcon, then it’s good enough for you.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Step On Kendo here

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Burton Step On Photon Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: €420

With five different models in Burton’s Step On range now, it’s not hard to find one that’ll work for you. It’s our guess that, for most people, the answer will be the Photon. It’s a tried-and-tested member of the Big B’s boot family, subtly adapted to work with the easy-in, easy-out binding system.

Who are The Burton Step On Photon For?

Precision isn’t just for ice-axe-wielding peak-baggers; thanks to the Burton Step On Photon’s double Boa closure and oodles of support, you can fine-tune your feet without any compromise whatsoever, even if you’re just setting up for a day in the resort or hiking a side country booter. Also (duh) you get the convenience of the Step On binding system. Win-win.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Step On Photon here

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DC Travis Rice Boa Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £400 / €450

Travis is the master of blurring the lines between freeride and freestyle, his big mountain exploits are peppered with floaty back 3’s and tweaked out methods. His boot does the same, with the rugged hardiness of a true backcountry behemoth, but enough plush comfort and play to be a powerful daily driver.

Who are The DC Travis Rice Boa For?

Travis fanboys for one (nothing wrong with that, the man is a certified legend). Come on, you probably have at least one of the Orca fleet waxed up and ready to go, you’ve been watching Art of Flight all summer and tingling in anticipation of the first proper snowfall.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 DC Travis Rice Boa here

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Deeluxe X-Plorer Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £360 / €390

Some people are born with adventure in their veins, they yearn for the freedom of the unknown, to explore off the beaten track and to traipse into territory new. The X-Plorer was made for exactly such journeys, a high-end freeride boot from the brains at Deeluxe, built for the expedition. Happy trails!

Who are The Deeluxe X-Plorer For?

Those who believe that the journey is the reward.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Deeluxe X-Plorer here

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K2 Rosko Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £190 / €210

Explore the whole mountain with the Rosko boots, supportive yet highly flexible for freestyle, groomers and powder. You get a lot of boot for your buck with the Rosko, it’s a barging but still gives you great performance.

Who are The K2 Rosko For?

Anyone will have fun with the Rosko on your feet, its soft flex is great for beginners as it’s more forgiving whilst an experienced boarders can enjoy a looser surf-like feeling. If you want to explore the whole mountain without breaking the bank the Rosko boot is the perfect option.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 K2 Rosko here

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Northwave Decade Ltd Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £250 / €290 / $320

The aptly named Decade is Northwave’s flagship all-mountain boot, a stalwart in the line and a long -term team and fan favourite. To mark their 30-year anniversary, Northwave are releasing a special edition with upgraded sole, new flex window, a special lacing system and a swanky futuristic colourway to boot.

Who are The Northwave Decade Ltd For?

Intermediate and up riders who are looking for one boot to do it all.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Northwave Decade Ltd here

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Nidecker Helios Apx Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £315 / €340 / $330

Let’s be honest: Nidecker are more famous for their Swiss-designed snowboards than their boots, but with the (ahem) strides they’ve been making over the past few seasons all that could change. Since taking over the Flow brand, they’ve re-designed the range from the ground up – starting with the lasts – with the lofty aim of producing a seamless boot/binding interface. Their latest footwear is 100% vegan and packed with premium features at a super competitive price, as epitomised by the Helios APX. It’s a mid-stiff model aimed at intermediate riders and up who want a comfortable, well specced platform for tackling any terrain.

Who are The Nidecker Helios Apx For?

In a nutshell: discerning shreds who know value when they see it. Premium dual Boa lacing, Gel cushioning, heat moldable liners… the list of features goes on, and alongside a versatile flex it makes for a powerful boot well suited to freestyle-oriented riders that like to tear up the whole mountain.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Helios Apx here

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Nidecker Lunar Women’s Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: £329 / €350 / $350

Nidecker aren’t messing about with the new Lunar. It’s well specced, it’s light, and yes – it’s black. OK, there’s a subtle graphic going on around the side, and some luxurious touches like the fur-lined inner, but this is clearly a boot that means business. As anyone who’s followed the brand over the last couple of seasons knows, these guys really think about fit – including how it works with your bindings – and they’re not shy of including a bunch of high-end technology at a very fair price. In short, more than worthy of a closer look.

Who are The Nidecker Lunar For?

Within the Nidecker range these are second only to the women’s Helios in terms of stiffness. They’re basically a tricked-out all-mountain freestyle boot aimed at experienced riders who like to go fast, chuck spray and throw some moves – wherever they are on the hill.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Lunar here

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Rome Bodega Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: BOA: £250 / €280 / $300, LACE: £180 / €190 / $200, HYBRID BOA: £230 / €230 / $250, WOMEN’S: £310 / €280 / $300

Park rats can get a bit of a raw deal when it comes to boots. Brands will typically throw all their premium tech at a flagship freeride or ‘full send’ model. Maximum support, maximum price, maximum stiffness. If you prefer to keep it mellow – maybe hit the rail line, dial in some butters or tweak the crap out of your favourite grab – it’s assumed you don’t need (or want) the same level of features and you’ll be directed to a freestyle-focused boot that’s priced for younger wallets. Rome have challenged all that with the Bodega. OK, it’s not quite as loaded as the top-of-the-line Libertine, but you won’t find a better specced boot with a flex this friendly.

Who are The Rome Bodega For?

Park lappers, side hitters, rail rippers and any other shredders who need a little more flexibility in their boot to be able to express their style – but who don’t want to compromise on quality.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Bodega here

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Rome Libertine Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: BOA: £340 / €400 / $430, HYBRID BOAD: £300 / €360 / $380, LACE: £260 / €300 / $330

We always say it’s best to try on a ton of boots in store to find the right ones for your feet. Those that follow that advice will typically draw up a shortlist from the likes of Vans, ThirtyTwo and the big B, but it’s high time you added Rome to that stack of boxes in the fitting area. For evidence, look no further than their line-leading Libertine. It’s a super stylish boot that’s benefitted from years of refinement, with the same brilliant Vibram, Boa and Ultralon components that all the usual suspects like to shout about – only the overall package is a bit less corporate and a bit more… Rome.

Who are The Rome Libertine For?

Riders who want a mid-stiff boot to tackle park kickers, backcountry lines and everything in between, and who want to keep it core while they’re at it.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Libertine here

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Salomon Launch Lace Boa Snowboard Boot 2021-2022

PRICE: €280

When you get down to brass tacks, what you use to tie your boot up is all about personal preference. That’s why Salomon (among a few other brands) offers some of its most popular models with different closure systems, so that all bases are covered. The Salomon Launch is also available with a speed-lace, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s the regular lace version that takes the biscuit.

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Who are The Salomon Launch Lace Boa For?

The Launch Lace Boa is a firm favourite with Salomon’s freestyle specialists, thanks to the level of support relative to its softness – not to mention the classic look that’s never going to go out of fashion. That said, you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy these; this one is as accessible as they come.

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Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Salomon Launch Lace Boa here

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