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Best Snowboard Boots For 2020-2021 | 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 2020/21 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 Freestyle Snowboards 2020-2021


Rome Libertine Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Overall Snowboard Boot
PRICE: £300

It’s not uncommon for riders to make their snowboard boot choices based on the lace-up system rather than the fit, flex, or performance of the boot itself. Needless to say, the results aren’t always great and within a matter of hours or days riding you might start to notice niggles. Rome have done away with this part of the decision-making process, offering every snowboard boot in their line available in either men’s or women’s specific fits, with the men getting a choice between boa, hybrid boa and lace configurations. The Libertine stands as one of their most performance focussed and premium models in the redesigned line, ideal for intermediates and up.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Rome Libertine here

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    Adidas Samba ADV Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

    Best for: Jib kids and park rats
    PRICE: £230 / $280

    Adidas split their range of snowboard boots into three categories: Boost, Icons and Skate-Inspired. No prizes for guessing which shelf the Samba ADV sits on. Along with the Superstar ADV, these instantly recognisable cult classics have not only cemented their iconic status in the city streets but high above the snow line in resorts around the world.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Adidas Samba ADV here

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    Burton Ion Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

    Best for: Those who prefer life in the fast lane
    PRICE: £390 / $560

    Over the years the Burton Ion has worked up a bit of a cult following, it’s a staple for aggressive chargers. A rite of passage for riders looking to up their game who need a boot with the chops to keep up.

    The Ion is right up there as one of the stiffest boots in Burton’s line (second only to the Driver X), and as such it’s not an ideal boot for everybody. It relays movement far quicker than its softer counterparts, so if you’re a novice rider still having a few wobbles then the Ion is gonna chew you up and spit you out.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Burton Ion here

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    Deeluxe Empire Lara Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

    Best for: Speed queens
    PRICE: £280

    Rolling out into 2020/21 with a snazzy new design, the Deeluxe Empire Lara is back at it. The most aggressive boot in Deeluxe’s women’s line, the Empire Lara is ideal for experienced riders who want to tear it up across the whole mountain.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Deeluxe Empire Lara here

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    Deeluxe ID Dual Boa Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

    Best for: Riders looking for tackle variable terrain
    PRICE: €350

    The Deeluxe ID is a long-standing fan favourite in the line, its middle of the road flex and plush liner make it a solid choice for riders looking for a versatile and comfortable boot. With the inclusion of the dual zone BOA system, Deeluxe have flung open the doors for even more riders to give these icons a whirl.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Deeluxe ID Dual Boa here

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    Nidecker Falcon Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

    Best for: Aggressive and powerful chargers
    PRICE: $450

    Depending on who you are as a person, a certain image will appear when you think of the word falcon. If you’re a fan of our feathered friends you’ll think of the deadly bird of prey, if you’re a fan of nerdy sci-fi you’ll think of Star Wars and if you’re a fan of premium snowboard boots with a penchant for off track exploration you’ll think of this brand new Nidecker boot.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Nidecker Falcon here

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    Rome Bodega Snowboard Boot 2020-2021

    Best for: Those who prioritise a playful and lively flex
    PRICE: £

    Small bodega’s are a staple of life in New York City, they’re the go-to favourite of many locals, and the key to their success lies with their versatility and adaptability. The Rome Bodega boot collection is much the same, it’s been going strong for years and has garnered a solid reputation among playful riders looking for one boot to do it all. New for this season, the women’s specific model is all set to kick ass and take names as a softer flexing, all-terrain destroyer. The Bodega collection features four boots with a lace option, hybrid boa, dual boa and the women’s boot featured.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Rome Bodega here

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    Salomon Kiana Dual Boa Snowboard 2020-2021

    Best for: Ladies who refuse to compromise on performance or comfort
    PRICE: $350

    New in the range for the 2020/2021 season, the Kiana Dual Boa takes over from the Focus Boa in the women’s range. The flex matches it up with a more aggressive rider, who’s looking for instant response and powerful energy transfer, but not at the expense of their day to day comfort.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Salomon Kiana Dual Boa here

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    Salomon Launch Boa SJ Snowboard 2020-2021

    Best for: Straight out the box comfort that’ll last all season
    PRICE: £270

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    The Salomon Launch BOA SJ is already a firm favourite amongst the freestyle fiends. This is one boot to do all in the park and beyond, and it’s back by popular demand and ready for lift off for the 2020 / 21 season.

    Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Salomon Launch Boa SJ here

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