Any boot ‘review’ has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Unlike boards and bindings, you can’t really gauge what the best snowboard boots are for you just by trying a pair out for an afternoon. And even if you do speak to someone who’s properly tested a pair over time, everybody’s feet are different – can you ever be sure that what works for them will work for you?
“It sounds obvious, but the smartest move you can make is to try the boots on for yourself. Head down to your local snowboard shop and check out their range”
That’s not to say that any purchase has to just be a roll of the dice; there’s a lot you can do before buying to ensure you make the right decision. Firstly, most brands are very up front about what each model is designed for. If you like pootling around the pistes, for example, don’t go for a stiff beast. If you need something for a winter’s worth of park laps, make sure the pair you choose can handle sustained abuse. And whatever you do, don’t just get the best-looking pair – most of it gets covered by your binding anyway.
It sounds obvious, but the smartest you can make is to try the boots on for yourself. Head down to your local snowboard shop and check out their range, trying as many as you can in order to determine what feels best. Ask to have both feet properly measured, and take as much advice on board as you can. Lots of boots have different lacing systems, which can seem tricky at first, but the guys in the shop will ensure you get the fit just right.
We’ve gathered together the best models from the key boot brands, giving you an overview of what’s out there. Peruse our list, check out the full ranges, talk to the shops – but always remember to take your time. Buying the wrong board or binding is bad news, but with boots it’s potentially a disaster.
Get clued up with our guide to buying snowboard boots, then take a look at what’s good in 2015/16:
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi