Boots. The most personal of all the pieces of snowboard equipment you will purchase, being that they’ll be in intimate contact with your feet all day long. And everyone’s feet are different: peculiar nobbly protrusions, wide heels, narrow heels, webbed toes… anyone who claims they know a good boot for you before you’ve tried them on yourself, is wrong.
This is why when we present the new boots below we give an review of the new boots’ key features, what riding styles and ability levels they’re best suited to, but we’ll stop short of an objective test review. If a boot in here sounds like it’s up your street, great! Now head down the store and try them on to see if they fit and hold your foot well. Even better – test a pair at an on-hill demo near you this pre-season.
“Everyone’s feet are different… anyone who claims they know a good boot for you before you’ve tried them on yourself, is wrong”
Of course, in more recent times getting a boot to fit your feet has been made a lot easier thanks to the proliferance of heat-mouldable liners. Over time, all liners will ‘break in’ and take to the shape of your foot’s peculiarities, but heat-moulding speeds up this process so you can do it in-store or at home without the pain of a couple days’ break-in period. Again, it’s best to get in the store and have some #footbantz with their resident boot fitter.
There are some loose guidelines to be aware of. As you move up the price range your dollar buys you access to lighter weight materials, more stability and support, and more expensive, performance orientated features like articulation, speed lace solutions and better-constructed liners. The more expensive boots also tend to be stiffer and more performance -orientated, so you need to ask yourself if you need this performance, or if you’d be better off with a more cruisy model at a lower price.
We can say that when you try your potential new dancing shoes on, the fit you should be looking for is ‘snug’. These aren’t sneakers; they should be tight all over when properly laced, with your toes just brushing the end of the liner. When you flex forward you want the boot to move with your foot and have the minimal amount of heel lift as possible: heel lift saps responsiveness, causes foot fatigue and should be avoided as best as possible.
So, without further ado, let us present to you some of the best snowboard boots the 2017-2018 season has to offer…
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