- PRICE: £230 / $280
- SIZES: UK 7-11
- FLEX: 5/10
- LACING SYSTEM: Classic Lace
Why we chose the Adidas Samba ADV Snowboard Boots: The comfort of a skate shoe, the look of an iconic classic, and the performance of a quality freestyle boot.
Adidas split their range of snowboard boots into three categories: Boost, Icons and Skate-Inspired. No prizes for guessing which shelf the Samba ADV sits on. Along with the Superstar ADV, these instantly recognisable cult classics have not only cemented their iconic status in the city streets but high above the snow line in resorts around the world.
The overall look and feel of the boots definitely lean towards the freestyle side of the all-mountain divide. That said, the fit will always take priority when picking a pair of boots so, even if you’ve no intention of dropping into the park, the Samba’s could still make a great all-round option.
“These instantly recognisable cult classics have not only cemented their iconic status in the city streets but high above the snow line in resorts around the world”
Their flex rating sits at 5/10 with a fit that remains snug and secure around the ankle but with a little more width in the toe box than the more performance-driven boots from Adidas – something that may suit riders who value all-day riding comfort or don’t want to slip into their crocs and cut the aprés short outside Cocoricos at 2 am.
Perhaps more important than the rating itself is the consistency and durability of the boot’s flex. Featuring both an articulated cuff and 3D moulded tongue, the upper portion of the Samba is able to progressively flex without blowing-out the lower portion of the boot or compromising the locked-in fit around the ankle.