The number of women’s snowboard boots on the market continues to rise, and there’s a terrific range up for grabs this year. In some cases the brand has adapted a popular men’s model, and in others they’ve started from scratch. Neither is more legitimate than the other, though, so judge each model on its own merits.
Before you even try on your first pair, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself:
- What is my budget?
- What type of snowboarder am I?
- How many days will I be likely to ride this winter?
Even if money’s no object, it doesn’t make much sense to splurge on an expensive pair if you’re only going to use them once in a year. Conversely, seasonaires should consider coughing up a little more for something that’s likely to retain its quality beyond to the 100th day of the winter and beyond.
We’ll say this until we’re blue in the face – no matter what kind of boots you want, visit your local snowboard shop! Not only does it save the hassle of sending back a pair that you ordered online when you find out they’re not comfortable, there’s a wealth of knowledge to be gleaned from shop staff that fit customers with boots all winter long. They’ll make sure that when it comes to the three F-words – Fit, Flex and Features – you’ll be making the most informed decision possible.
Where lacing systems are concerned, it’s really all about preference. Speed lacing systems are more popular than ever, but if you prefer a Boa wire or a classic fat lace, then go for that. A lot of models these days come in more than one option, giving you a great choice.
Check out our guide to choosing your snowboard boots, then enjoy our top picks for 2015/2016:
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi