Cards on the table: we haven’t tested these boots.
How can anyone? While a day, an afternoon, or even just a few laps with a board (or a pair of bindings, or goggles) can give you a fair idea of how it’ll do in the long run, the same isn’t true of boots. Even the ones that claim to offer straight-out-the-box comfort tend to need a little getting used to, so there’s always a bit of a gamble involved
It’s also here that catalogue/website spin can be at its most confusing. Terms like “perfect flex” and “pro fit” are bandied around a lot, without any real explanation of what this means. Start by thinking about how stiff you want your boot to be (soft for mellow shredders and beginners, stiffer for the more serious), and take it from there. Also ask yourself if you need the same performance from your boot all winter, or something that can be adjusted to match your game plan on any given day.
“With boots, more than with any other bit of kit, the research you do and the advice you take on board is invaluable”
Most importantly, the only person who has a chance of knowing what works for your feet is you. It can be hard to pick the right pair, especially at the start, but there, ahem, steps you can take.
Visit your local shred emporium and talk to the staff. Get your foot properly measured, and look into head-moulding services where available. Read and watch our guide to choosing your snowboard boots. With boots, more than with any other bit of kit, the research you do and the advice you take on board is invaluable. When you’re having unforgettable days in a great-fitting pair of kicks, you’ll be glad you took the time.
Here’s a few models to get you started, ranging from the soft to the stiff, and from simple fare to endlessly-customisable options.
Scroll down to view all women’s boots, or skip to a particular brand using the links below
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi – click any image to enlarge
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Tobias Grünwald / Sam Oetiker / Sami Tuoriniemi