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Best Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

Nothing is more important than your choice of boots. Sure, snowboards are sexy and contain all kinds of cool tech that can help you become a better rider, but a poor snowboard won’t exactly hurt; the wrong footwear, by contrast, can cause agonising pain that will ruin even a perfect bluebird powder day.

For this reason, we always recommend that your first purchase after learning to ride should be a comfortable pair of snowboard boots.

That is easier said than done, though. There are a dizzying variety of models and styles to choose from these days, which is why we’ve sifted through them all to bring you this list of the best snowboard boots for winter 2018/19.

“We always recommend that your first purchase after learning to ride should be a comfortable pair of snowboard boots”

Of course, it’s impossible to say for sure if an individual boot will suit your particular foot shape (for this reason, you should take your friends’ recommendations with a grain of salt) but between your budget and preferred riding style you can draw up a safe shortlist from the lineup below.

Of all the more objective factors to consider, flex is key. Softer boots (just like softer bindings) offer more potential to tweak out your tricks, and are often comfier straight out of the box; stiffer models provide faster response when turning and increased support for those heavy landings/dodgy angles. As a rule of thumb, beginner to intermediate riders will usually prefer something softer.

Should you look to pair your boots with some bindings from the same brand? While there can occasionally be some benefits in terms of the way the whole package fits seamlessly together, it’s not strictly necessary unless you’re purchasing the new Burton Step On system. Again, how the thing feels on your foot is the number one consideration.

Do you have narrow tootsies? According to popular myth, you might suit some Salomons. More of a sasquatch? Try Burton or Vans, which many claim are roomier at the forefoot. The aim always is to achieve a snug fit in which your toes faintly brush the end when standing upright, and there is minimal (if any) heel lift when flexing your shins. Don’t take anyone else’s word for it, though – try as many as you can in a store until you’ve found the best snowboard boots for your feet.

Heat molding – found on many models – can add the finishing touch, but will not make up for a downright poor fit. Other features to consider include lacing systems (traditional, speed laces and Boa all have their merits) lightweight materials and extra cushioning, such as that found on the adidas Boost models.

Scroll down to view all the best snowboard boots, or skip to a particular model using the links below

adidas Acerra ADV | Adidas Samba ADV | adidas Superstar ADV | adidas tactical ADV | Burton Imperial | Burton Ion | Burton Limelight | Burton Ruler StepOn | DC Judge | DC Mutiny | Deeluxe Edge | Deeluxe Empire Lara | Deeluxe Empire TF | Deeluxe Footloose | Deeluxe ID 7.1 WOW | Head Operator | Head Seven BOA | Head Three BOA | K2 Ender | K2 Taro Tamai | K2 Taro Tami Women’s | Nidecker Lunar | Nidecker Talon | Nidecker Tracer | Northwave Decade | Northwave Domino | Ride Jackson | Rome Libertine | Rome Stomp | Salomon Kiana Toast | Salomon Synapse | Salomon Trek S-Lab | ThirtyTwo Focus BOA | ThirtyTwo Lashed | ThirtyTwo TM-Three | Vans / The North Face Verse

adidas Acerra ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 7-11
  • FLEX: 8
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double Boa
  • PRICE: £339/€449

While many of adidas’s boots understandably look to the sportswear giant’s past for inspiration, the team behind the Acerra ADV forged their own path and the result is the brand’s most technically advanced snowboard boot to date.

Designed for riders like Jake Blauvelt, these boots are understandably on the stiffer side of the spectrum to give the kind of response and control you need while charging technical lines. The shell is tall, supportive, and delivers epic performance: it’s lightweight, locked together with a two-zone double Boa and has an articulated cuff for a natural power transfer.

These boots feature adidas’s most advanced heat-mouldable liner for stellar comfort and foot hold, wrapped in an internal harness to lock you in supremely, plus in the sole they’ve integrated the brand’s Boost material to keep your ride supercharged with an endless supply of energy whatever the conditions.

Finally, you’ll be able to hike with confidence thanks to a durable, grippy, multi-directional rubber outsole.

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adidas Samba ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 5
  • LACING SYSTEM: Classic Lace
  • PRICE: £229/€279

The adidas Samba ADV takes its design cues from the three-stripers’ famed football shoe, and has made a name in its own right in the snowboarding ballpark – partly due to its iconic looks, and partly thanks to its responsive versatility.

These mid-flexing boots are a good choice for riders wanting to rip a variety of terrain, from street sessions, to park laps and pow blasting. They feature an articulated cuff shell matched up with a tough, 3D moulded tongue to give you a flexible, progressive fit, with power lacing and an internal speedlace ankle harness present to lock you in tight.

Thanks to a Silver level, heat mouldable liner you can get these fitting precisely to the oddities of your feet, and as your foot stays locked in place within the boot so the boot stays locked in the binding via the rubber backstay – all of which help boost responsiveness. With an outsole made of Continental rubber, you can be sure you won’t be doing the Moonwalk in these anytime soon, either.

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adidas Superstar ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 5
  • LACING SYSTEM: Classic Lace With Powerstrap
  • PRICE: £279/€329

Another adidas boot that’s mined the brand’s deep sneaker design history for inspiration, the Superstar ADV makes the, ahem, tricky idea of having a cup toe on a snowboard boot just work. The result is an unashamedly street-styled boot that works great for a wide range of shredding.

This model features a removable upper strap for you to control the boot’s responsiveness: crank it tight for maximum power, loosen it off for a little less, or take it off entirely for a more surfy ride. The Superstar ADV has the old-school charm of regular laces (however there’s speedlace on the inner harness to lock in your ankles) and once you’re in you’ll appreciate the progressive flex given by the boot’s articulated cuff and 3D-moulded tongue.

You can heat mould the liner on these for a personalised fit and when you’re stomping around the hill a lightweight EVA midsole dials back the spanks; the rubber traction zones at the toe and heel adding grip.

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adidas Tactical ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 7-11
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Classic Lace
  • PRICE: £329/€379

With its featherlight layer of energy-returning Boost foam in the sole, the adidas Tactical ADV boots have the potential to jump-start your snowboarding.

It’s a little more easy-going than the Acerra, so a broader range of riders can appreciate its strengths. We’re also big fans of the subtler take on the Three Stripes design.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 adidas Tactical ADV here

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Burton Imperial Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-14
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Speed Lace
  • PRICE: £295/€340

The Imperial boot could well offer the best bang vs buck ratio of all of Burton’s range, being that it utilises a bunch of technologies that have trickled down from, or been inspired by, their flagship models.

With a flex that sits towards the stiffer end of the spectrum, you can be sure that these boots will offer you the precision and response you need. The shell takes its cue from the B’s top-end SLX and includes S4 shell panels to keep the flex consistent while an EST chassis with B3 gel cushioning delivers epic board feel. There’s also Sleeping Bag heat-reflective foil to keep your toes toasty.

Tightened using Burton’s Speed Zone quick lace system, these are a cinch to do up and lock you in securely thanks to the former and the heat mouldable Imprint 3 liner. The sole uses tough, grippy Vibram Ecostep that reduces the literal size of your footprint as well as your environmental one, and also of note is that the Imperial feels broken in straight out the box meaning you’re primed to tackle any kind of snowboarding from the get go.

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Burton Ion Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 8
  • LACING SYSTEM: Speed Lace
  • PRICE: £329/€379

The Ion is the beard-stroking wise elder statesman of the snowboard boot world. Not only has it been around forever, it’s seen things most mere mortals wouldn’t believe.

Approved by the pro team, it’s a formidable piece of kit that needs work to really get the most out of. At the same time they’re surprisingly light, and offer excellent boardfeel thanks to the thinner sole.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Burton Ions here

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Burton Limelight Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 3-8
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: £225/€260

The Burton Limelight Boa snowboards use a single-wire system for the most convenient lacing option found anywhere. Simply give the coiler a twist, and the whole boot hugs your foot. The ‘wire’ is actually made of natural fibres which are just as tough, but lead to a more comfortable overall feel.

These are classic all-rounders by design, built to handle all styles of riding. The B3 gel cushioning, for example is ideal for taking the edge off the impact when you come up short on a park jump. If you prefer tanking the pistes, the plush cuff at the top of the liner keeps calf pain at bay.

Thanks to a low-profile version of the famous Thinsulate insulation material, the Burton Limelight Boa boots are warm without compromising on feel and flex. And because there’s no point being warm if you can’t stay dry, the lower part of the boot is fully sealed against the elements.

If the Boa system simply isn’t your thing, then don’t worry – there’s another version of these boots available that features the B’s speed lace.

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Burton Ruler Step On Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-14
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: £299/€339

The Burton Ruler boots has been a mainstay of the line for 20 years or more, aimed at providing riders who want to do a bit of everything with a model that will fit their needs. When the B debuted its Step On binding concept last winter, the Ruler was one of the two compatible boot models they released (there are now three), offering the all-terrain performance it’s become famed for over the years.

The 2018-2019 model retains the ‘ankle-strap free’ look to make the flex mellower than its siblings, the Ion and Photon, meaning you’ll have more scope for tweaking and buttering your hits and jibs. Holding your foot firmly with a new Boa coiler that features Lockdown tech, these also feature a heat-mouldable liner with Thinsulate insulation and reflective foil under your feet for premium warmth. There’s also Burton’s Power Up tongue, ensuring your energy transfer is progressive through your turns.

On the sole, in addition to the conspicuous Step On cleats, these have a durable grip made of recycled rubber so you needn’t fear slipping when hiking that down bar. It’s important to note that these are only compatible with Burton’s Step On system, but there’s also the regular Ruler available too.

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DC Judge Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 8
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: £289/€329

The DC Judge boots has been a mainstay of the brand’s boot range for many years now, and have evolved and improved each year thanks to extensive testing by their team. It goes without saying that these are a firm favourite of DC’s squad, thanks to plenty of features that deliver pro-level performance.

Being designed in conjunction with riders like Sebbe de Buck and Anto Chamberland means they’re stiff for maximum support and responsiveness – whether you’re pointing lines, hooning off hips or taking big urban drops. They also boast some of DC’s most top-end tech to power you through long days on the hill.

The Judge boots use a dual Boa coiler system for easy, precise closure, helping to lock down your heels in conjunction with the liner’s J-bars and an internal ankle harness.

Articulated construction allows for forward flex without creating any pressure points, while these boots also feature and hard-wearing, grippy Vibram outsole that uses an Aerotech Ventilation System to help regulate the temperature of your feet.

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DC Mutiny Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 7-12
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Traditional Laces
  • PRICE: £219/€249

These are the go-to boots for many of DC’s team when they want something with a ton of feel, blended with the level of performance demanded by freestyle riders at the apex. The Mutiny is, in DC’s words, “basically a skate shoe for snowboarding.”

The aesthetics of traditional lacing gives credence to this approach, but to give the kind of locked-in response you demand from a snowboard boot these use integrated Lacing Leverage to really crank down on the ankle and reduce heel lift. Wrap Lock hardware and an internal ankle harness also help with stability.

The heat-mouldable liner features J-bars for heel hold, while on the bottom there’s a lightweight, shock-absorbing outsole and an Impact S insole for taking the spank out of stomps.

With a medium flex, the DC Mutiny boots are a solid choice for the all-mountain freestylers out there.

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Deeluxe Edge Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-11.5
  • FLEX: 10
  • LACING SYSTEM: Speedlace With BOA And Powerstrap
  • PRICE: £329-375/€369-419

One of the stiffest pairs of freestyle boots in Deeluxe’s range, the Edge is built specifically for riders who have a fondness for speed, carving and going big that requires the maximum in terms of power, support and response.

These are part of the brand’s Carving Series, so it should be no surprise that they’re solid, offer exceptional control for precise turning, and deliver a tonne of support without compromising on comfort. This is delivered by a stiff shell flex that’s enhanced around the ankles, an adjustable power strap, and a durable backbone for added response.

Speed lacing allows for quick, independent tightening of both the foot/calf area and the ankle/heel, plus there’s a side-mounted Boa to lock in your heel even better, further enhancing the boots’ power and lightning-quick responsiveness.

Sure, you’ll need to ride aggressively to get the most out of these, but you still get a bunch of boardfeel thanks to Deeluxe’s Skate Flex soles with Slytech shock absorption.

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Deeluxe Empire Lara Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 4-9
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Speed Lace With Powerstrap
  • PRICE: £275/€299

The outer shell of the Empire Lara doesn’t just look great – it’s made from tough stuff that will keep out the snow yet allow your toes to breathe.

The Powerstrap and choice of tongue inserts ensure you’ll get exactly the right level of support, and the asymmetric flex is pretty smart too.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Deeluxe Empire Lara here

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Deeluxe Empire TF Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-12
  • FLEX: 7
  • LACING SYSTEM: Speed Lace With Powerstrap
  • PRICE: £275-319/€299-349

There’s a men’s version of the Empire too, and it’s the model that respected Japanese ripper Tadashi Fuse has singled out to be his daily driver. The boots’ construction and features are all designed with an emphasis on versatility, comfort and performance no matter what kind of snowboarding you’re stepping to on any given day.

These boots pack a bunch of punch thanks to an adjustable power strap, a reinforced backbone and an asym shell flex that achieves the perfect blend of response and comfort when freeriding. Deeluxe’s TPS Shield system allows you to tinker with the tongue stiffness for a fine-tuned flex, and when it comes to locking your feet in place you’ll dig the speedy, zone-specific tightening of L2 lacing.

The Empire is finished off with a Remedy sole that gives a great mix of traction and cushioning. All this adds up to a boot that’s perfectly suited to ruling everything, particularly in the powder freestyle department.

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Deeluxe Footloose Snowboard Powsurf Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-13
  • FLEX: Soft
  • LACING SYSTEM: Traditional Laces
  • PRICE: £189/€199

Deeluxe’s Footloose was the first boot built specifically for binding-free pow surfing and noboarding. While technically it’s not a snowboard boot as such (you could use it for regular riding, but there certainly would be better choices), if you’ve caught the bug of riding deep snow without being strapped in then it is the perfect choice.

It goes without saying that these boots are soft. With what Deeluxe have dubbed Cosmic Flex you get an unrivalled range of motion which allows you to make all the subtle movements riding without bindings requires and gives epic feel for the ride. This is added to with a Skate Flex sole that again enhances board feel.

The boots’ traditional lacing will hold your feet securely, with the possibility of getting some extra leverage over the ankles for improved foot hold, and these will endure all manner of scuffs, grazes and knocks thanks to Rock Guard with wraps around the toe and sides for improved durability.

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Deeluxe ID 7.1 SE WOW Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 8
  • LACING SYSTEM: Speed Lace
  • PRICE: £379/€429

Best collab of the year? Deeluxe has roped in amiable weird-merchants WOW for this special edition boot.

It’s a dependable all-rounder with loads of great features, so you don’t have to be a Japanese oddball to grab a pair.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Deeluxe ID 7.1 WOW Boots here

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Head Operator Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 3-13
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: €139

The Head Operator Boa boots are suitable for snowboarding, as long as you don’t mind a much softer flex than average.

Unlike similar models, it does have a removable liner. Designed to withstand bitterly cold temperatures, it’ll keep your feet toasty all day. Meanwhile the vulcanised rubber around the lower part of the boot is fully waterproof and snowproof, and the sole is tough and grippy.

The single Boa wire makes getting these nice and tight a piece of cake, although naturally there’s less support on hand. For mellow hikes and backyard sessions, these are ideal, but check out a proper pair of snowboard boots if you want something for steep faces and high speeds.

If you spend most of the winter in snowy climes, and not just when you’re on the mountain, then the Head Operator Boa boots could be just the thing. Think of them as useful day-to-day boots that you don’t have to change out of when you want to score some surfy turns.

There’s also a classic-lace version, if you prefer that style.

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Head Seven BOA Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 305-12.5
  • FLEX: 10
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: £249/€349

If you want boots that start stiff and stay stiff, the Seven was made for you. Naturally these are designed to handle months of high-speed charging, and Head’s unique build tech ensures they won’t buckle under the strain of excessive use.

Meanwhile your feet are well looked after throughout, thanks to the triple-density insole.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Head Seven BOA here

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Head Three BOA Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 4.5-9.5 
  • FLEX: 5
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: €250

The Head Three Boa women’s boots have all the same great features as the men’s version, albeit with a slightly softer flex and a few female-specific flourishes. The women’s variant of Head’s Flylite sole, for example, is lighter without sacrificing EVA cuhioning, and the cuffs have been re-shaped to better suit a woman’s leg shape.

The Boa coiler is backed by a velcro strap that keeps the tongue in place for longer, and the Boa wire is threaded lower at the instep to better tighten that area across your foot. The ‘Perfect Fit’ liner will achieve just that after a bit of head-moulding, and it’s safe to do using your oven at home.
The sci-fi sounding ‘Frequency Technology is interesting, too; by using an ultrasonic welding process on the outer shell, there’s been less need for stitching. The result is a more durable, more even-flexing boot.

That’s not a bad price for all that clever stuff, so all-rounders would do well to check out the Head Three Boa women’s boots.

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K2 Ender Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 3
  • LACING SYSTEM: Traditional Laces
  • PRICE: £265/€299

The ender carries less prestige in the snowboarding world than it did in the pre-digital era, but the K2 Ender boots are a different story altogether. A premium all-round pair with a classic aesthetic, these pack a whole lot of great features into their subtle design.

Starting at the sole, you’ve got a Vibram-enhanced foundation that’s tougher than the industry standard yet not too heavy. The contoured footbed boosts your comfort levels, and the liner foam is extra supportive with integrated J-bars to keep things firm.

The liner gets locked down by the Boa coiler on the side of the outer shell, leaving you to fine-tune the fit with the classic lace. Thanks to the medium flex, you can do anything with these, with the Ender’s overall durability ensuring that you won’t be swapping them out for a new pair any time soon.

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K2 Taro Tamai Snowsurfer Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-11
  • FLEX: 4
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: £409/€449

This soft-flexing number is ideal for ‘noboarding’, where you take to the hills without binders on a surfboard-esque shape.

You can definitely use them with your regular stick as well though. Expect to feel freer than ever when cruising through a powder field.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 K2 Taro Tamai Snowsurfers here

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K2 Taro Tamai Women’s Snowsurfer Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 4-9
  • FLEX: 2
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: £409/€449

There’s now a women’s version of the Snowsurfer too.

Packing exactly the same tech as the men’s version, the K2 TT Women’s boots give female riders an opportunity to embrace their inner soul shredder too.

The ‘Space Heater’ liner ensures you won’t feel the chill, and the convenient Boa system delivers the perfect fit every time. Conventional they ain’t, but if you’re looking to mix things up – particularly off-piste- then these are well worth a look.

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Nidecker Lunar Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 3-10
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: €339

Women’s boots don’t get much more technical than the Nidecker Lunar. Don’t worry if you hate overly stiff models, though, as these are actually pretty middle-of-the-road in their flex profile.

Heel lift will never be an issue, as the Boa coiler on the side is there to ensure your foot is always held firmly, yet comfortably, in position. Meanwhile the other coiler on the front controls the rest of the boot, and fine-tuning your fit couldn’t be easier.

Vibram has been used liberally in the sole, to absorb unwanted vibrations that lead to foot fatigue. For the seismic impacts, such as coming up short on a kicker, there’s gel in the heel to protect the bone from potentially season-ending damage.

These have antimicrobial material in the liner to keep nasty smells at bay, and it’s got moisture-wicking properties too. The whole thing is heat-mouldable too, giving you the best chance of a perfect fit before you’ve even twisted the Boa for the first time.

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Nidecker Talon Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6/12
  • FLEX: 10
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: £399/€469

The jewel in the Flow boots line has undergone a rebrand, but all the premium tech that earned the Talon’s reputation remains.

Formidable and unforgiving, it’s for advanced riders only. For those who can handle it, boots don’t get much better.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Nidecker Talon here

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Nidecker Tracer Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 7-13
  • FLEX: 7
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA With Speed Lace
  • PRICE: €339

These are not to be confused with the snowboard of the same name, but both have one thing in common: an asymmetrical element. The tongue – and by extension, the Boa lacing system that sits upon it – is curved towards the inside of the foot, for increased comfort.

One Boa controls the whole shell, but you can ensure that your heel stays put thanks to the quick-access speed lace on the side of the Nidecker Tracer. Given the mid-stiff flex you’ll be tempted to open the throttle while in these, so it’s good to know that you’ve got that extra security.

The sole soaks up energy with a combination of EVA, Vibram and gel cushioning, whether it’s everyday chatter or bone-rattling thumps. The heat-mouldable liner plays a part too, as a well-fitting boot is less likely to cause trouble.

An unusual asym design, combined with a striking colour palette – there’s nothing quite like the Nidecker Tracer boots.

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Northwave Decade Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK4.5-12
  • FLEX: 7
  • LACING SYSTEM: Superlace
  • PRICE: £240/€279

A long-serving all-mountain model, the Northwave Decade has had a few upgrades for 2018/19, not least of which is the upgraded heel hold system. One of the two speed laces controls a harness that wraps tighly arounf your ankle, pulling from two anchor points for the best possible security. Heel lift, begone.

The guides for the lace have been improved too, reducing friction for longer-lasting performance. With a closure system at the top that you can take to the bank, getting just the right level of tightness on the Northwave Decade boots is a doddle.

The EVA sole is the ideal blend of shock absorption and boardfeel, something that’s important to get right on an all-mountain option. As for the liner, it’s the most technical one in the Northwave range, with head-mouldable foam and a powerstrap for custom support.

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Northwave Domino Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 2-8.5
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Superlace
  • PRICE: £213/€239

The Decade’s improvements to the heel harness and lace guides are also present on the Northwave Domino women’s boots. They’ve got a similar all-mountain remit, so it makes a lot of sense.

THe liner isn’t quite as techy, but unless you’re desperate for a powerstrap then you’ll find everything you need here. The footbed is all EVA, although the section on the heel is softer than the rest, to better absorb heavy impacts on the bone.

As for the outsole, the Northwave Domino boots feature a brand new version that’s lighter and more bendy for better boardfeel. It’s also really grippy, which can come in handy when you’re hiking across ketchy terrain.

Finished off with Northwave’s classic two-part speed lace, the Domino boots are better than ever this winter.

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Ride Jackson Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-14
  • FLEX: 5
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: €269

The Ride Jackson boots are one of the brand’s most versatile models, with a straight-down-the-middle flex that can be put to any task on the mountain. They’re also very user-friendly, with a single Boa wire that is run through guides to spread the pressure evenly every time.

Great care has been taken to make the liner and shell feel ‘as one’, with minimal gaps between the two. This results in a truer, more responsive fit, and less chance of discomfort. The lining is made from high-density foam and features incorporated J-bars, so it’s more supportive than alternatives.

As we said, however, the overall support of the boot is in the medium range. The cuff is able to keep its shape as you bring your shin down towards your toes, so it’ll still feel the same even after months of use. The outsole – a collab with the tread gurus behind Michelin tyres – is lightweight and grippy, while the insole has anti-stink properties as well as plenty of effective padding.

There are plenty of more specialist, more technical models in the brand’s stable, but none are as versatile as the crowd-pleasing Ride Jackson.

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Rome Libertine Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-12
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Classic Lace With BOA
  • PRICE: £259/€299

There have only been a few minor tweaks to the Libertine this year, but that’s to be expected. This was already one of the finest pairs in the game, and now it’s even better.

If you like the classic-lace approach on a medium-stiff all-rounder, go get this one.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Rome Libertine here

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Rome Stomp Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-9.5
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: BOA
  • PRICE: €289

Both the men’s and women’s versions of the Rome Stomp have received identical makeovers this year, and riders of both genders looking for a mid-flexing all-rounder will be pleased with the results.
The single Boa coiler is utterly idiot-proof, and there’s a powersteap below the dial for extra support (or you can leave it loose, of course). EVA padding surrounds your ankle bone, giving you a more secure fit and reducing the risk of heel lift.

The lining has foam underneath it for a more comfortable ride, working well with the new lower-profile outsole to deliver the right balance of boardfeel and cushioning. The shell is designed to flex without disrupting the shape, so when you really want to tweak it out then it’ll happily oblige.

If you liked the Rome Stomp women’s boots before, you’ll love them now – and if you’ve never tried them, this would be a great time to change that.

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Salomon Kiana Toast Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 2.5-8
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double Boa
  • PRICE: £379/€449

Begone, cold toes; a little battery-powered assistance from the Kiana Toast keeps you riding harder for longer, even when it’s freezing out.

Aside from its USP, this is one of Salomon’s best pairs of boots, and a fine choice for those who want a premium model that can turn its hand to anything.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Salomon Kiana Toast here

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Salomon Synapse Focus BOA Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK x
  • FLEX: x
  • LACING SYSTEM: x
  • PRICE: £249/€279

The Salomon Synapse boots have been around so long they probably qualify for a bus pass, but they keep improving and are now better than they’ve ever been. As well as the classic speed-lace version, available in standard and wide-fitting, there’s also this double Boa take.

These cost a little more, but if you want the convenience of Boa, and the ability to easily get the exact fit you want without any handle-pulling, they’ll be worth it. The outer shell has a fairly stiff flex, so can handle more aggressive riding without that being the only option.

Both the insole, outsole and liner are pulled from the top of the tech tree, with the highest quality impact-absorbing materials keeping you safe from the bigger hits. The liner features different thicknesses of foam in different areas for the best possible support, and there are removable inserts that let you customise how much is around your ankle.

A classic design with bleeding-edge features, the Salomon Synapse boots remain a fantastic all-mountain option.

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Salomon Trek S-Lab Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-11.5
  • FLEX: 8
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: €499

Joining the ranks of splitboard-friendly boots, the Salomon Trek S-Lab may be the best pair yet.

There’s a lot to take in here, so bear with us. The lower part of the boot is fastened with a simple elastic lace, which is then kept locked down (and protected) by the zip-fastened waterproof shield. An interior strap holds your ankle more firmly in position, and the Boa coilder tightens the top section.

With all these things done, you’re ready to ride, and crucially the Salomon Trek S-Lab boots feel hardly any different to a conventional pair in this regard. Then when you’re ready to do some touring, you just release the Boa and lean back, sepatating the now loose top section from the liner.

You can now take much longer strides with your splitboard, as your lower legs have more freedom to move. Saving energy as well as time, these have the potential to make a big difference to your days in the great white yonder.

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ThirtyTwo Focus BOA Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 5-12
  • FLEX: 8
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: £379/€449

Still looking for the ideal freeride boots? Before pulling the trigger on any pair, have a look at the ThirtyTwo Focus Boa boots.

Everything about these is designed to keep your heel down, your ankle supported, and your speed and power at maximum. An internal harness keeps you locked up in the best way, while the outer-shell and 3D-moulded tongue ensure you get all the response you need when going hell for leather.

Two Boa coilers work together to let you set the fit exactly how you want it, and loosening them a bit for the hike up couldn’t be easier. Effective weatherproofing keeps you warm and dry even when plodding through the deep stuff, and the Elite liner is supportive and snug.

Then when you’re charging, the Vibram-enhanced sole helps to mellow out the chatter, letting you concentrate on your line rather than the rattling in your foot-bones.

The ThirtyTwo Focus Boa boots may be expensive, but for the right rider they’ll be worth every penny.

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ThirtyTwo Lashed Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 3-8
  • FLEX: 5
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double BOA
  • PRICE: £279/€329

The ThirtyTwo Lashed boots have been a the heart of both the men’s and women’s collections for several years, making them among the most popular pairs around. While it’s also available as a classic lace-up, here we’re checking out the dual Boa version.

Each coiler gives you control over a different part of the outer shell, letting you fine-tune your fit. Once you’re good to go, the medium flex lets you turn your hand (or foot, rather) to just about anything.

A longtime team favourite, these offer enough movement for park riding, and have a lightweight foam sole to handle those dodgy landings. Even after a season’s worth of sessions, the shell’s design means that you’ll retain the optimum flex without any warping or creasing.

The Thirty Two Lashed Double Boa boots can also handle the powder. They’re fully weather sealed, and the cuff prevents achy legs after a day of getting pitted.

Not a fan of the baby pink? There are four other colour-ways to choose from, so the ThirtyTwo Lashed Double Boa has you covered whatever your style.

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ThirtyTwo TM-Three Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 7-12
  • FLEX: 6
  • LACING SYSTEM: Traditional Lace
  • PRICE: £379/€449

Chris Grenier may never achieve household name status, but he’s a fine example of a snowboarder’s snowboarder. His signature hooves from Thirty Two embody his do-it-all attitude, and the quality is up there with the best of them.

The ThirtyTwo TM-Three boots feature the brand’s most advanced liner, with a layer of energy foam incorporated into the lower half. They’re heat-mouldable, and have a powerstrap across the top to maintain the fit from your first run to your last.

There’s more foam in the outsole, giving these boots the ultimate in shock-absorbing. The sole itself is seriously grippy, which is handy for backcountry hiking booter sessions and street rails alike, and the rubber toe cap can take a beating too.

They aren’t too stiff to begin with, but you’ve got the option to soften them up a bit by removing the tongue stiffeners. Then if you’re planning to hit some steep faces, you can just pop them back in again as needed.

These are versatile, and very impressive. Much like Grenier.

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Vans / The North Face Verse Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

  • SIZES: UK 6-14
  • FLEX: 6-9
  • LACING SYSTEM: Double Boa
  • PRICE: £379/€419

This epic team-up for Blake Paul’s pro model boot resulted in a seriously impressive freeride-friendly design.

The waterproof cover gives you extra protection when you’re way out of bounds, and a moisture-management system loaned from TNF keeps the sweat at bay.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Vans Verse here

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