Your snowboarding boots go a long way to getting the most out of each day on the slopes. The best snowboarding boots will be responsive while keeping your feet as comfortable and warm as possible. A poor fit can make you writhe in pain down the mountain and be faced with aching feet and blisters for the rest of your ski trip.

Here at The Adventure Junkies we want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to choosing ski and snowboarding gear.  In this guide, we’ll walk you through what factors you need to consider when choosing snowboarding boots, with our pick of the top boots of the year.

 

 

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FINDING THE BEST SNOWBOARDING BOOTS

PICTURE
SNOWBOARDING BOOTS
BEST FOR
LACING
FLEX
PRICE
RATING
PICTURE
SNOWBOARDING BOOTS
BEST FOR
LACING
FLEX
PRICE
RATING
Burton Concord
Overall
Boa
Medium
$$$
4.8
Burton Ion
Overall
Quick Pull
Stiff
$$$
4.9
K2 Maysis
Overall
Boa
Medium
$$$
4.8
Salomon Launch
Beginners
Boa
Soft
$$
4.6
thirtytwo Lashed
Beginners
Boa
Medium
$$
4.6
thirtytwo Exit
Budget
Traditional Lace
Soft
$
4.5
K2 Ender
Freestyle
Traditional Lace
Medium
$$$
4.8
thirtytwo STW
Freestyle
Boa
Soft
$$
4.7
K2 Estate Snowboard Boots-Womens
K2 Estate
Women
Boa
Medium
$$$
4.8
Burton Zipline
Kids
Boa
Soft
$
4.8

 

 

SNOWBOARDING BOOTS 101

 

7 THINGS TO CONSIDER TO FIND THE BEST SNOWBOARDING BOOTS

 

1. BOOT FLEX

 Boot flex is the most important aspect to consider when choosing your snowboarding boots. Beginner snowboarders are better off with soft and flexible boots as they’re more comfortable as well as being a bit more forgiving for newbies. Advanced snowboarders need less flex to allow for more aggressive turning and harder landings.

 

 

2. PREFERRED TERRAIN/STYLE

 Where do you snowboard? Do you prefer the groomed runs or the park? Your style of snowboarding will determine what kind of boot you want, its flex and the materials. All-mountain snowboarding boots are ideal for those who plan on boarding and carving down the slopes most of the time, while freestyle boots are designed for those who plan on doing tricks and spend most of their time in the park.

 

 

3. FIT

 Snowboard boots should be snug and new boots should be reasonably tight for the first few days of use. Your toe should gently touch the tip of the snowboarding boot but without squishing or causing too much discomfort. When you bend your knees, your heel should stay in place and your toes will move back slightly from the toe cap. It’s a good idea to try on boots with a snowboarding sock so you can get the best fit.

 

 

4. LACING SYSTEM

 There are typically three different kinds of lacing systems for snowboarding boots – a boa system, quick pull or traditional lacing.

 

TRADITIONAL

Traditional lacing usually offers the best custom fit as you can choose where the laces are tightest along the boot. However, lacing up and undoing them in the middle of winter is tough on your hands and if your fingers are frozen – well, good luck.

 

QUICK PULL

Quick pull lacing is much easier and can be done while wearing gloves.

 

BOA

Boa lacing is the easiest option as it uses a dial to tighten and loosen the laces, which can also be adjusted while wearing gloves.

 

 

5. LINING

 The lining inside a snowboarding boot offers comfort, insulation and padding for your feet. You can get stock liners, moldable liners and heat-moldable liners.

 

STOCK LINERS

 Stock liners are simply standard liners with no particular molding to your foot other than what occurs after continual use.

 

MOLDABLE LINERS

Moldable liners use your body heat to conform to the shape of your foot.

 

HEAT-MOLDABLE LINERS

Heat-moldable liners offer the best in custom design. The lining is heated up, you place your feet into them and stay there for a while so the lining moulds in that time. There’s no additional time needed to wear them in.

 

 

6. MATERIALS

While most snowboarding boots are made from synthetic materials, you can find leather boots. Leather is far more durable and will last longer with proper care, although expect to pay more. Boot soles are made of rubber. Lighter rubbers are better for snowboarders sticking to the park while a heavier rubber offers better durability for boarders keen to hike up the mountain to make fresh tracks.

 

 

7. GENDER

Male and female boots are made with men and women’s bodies in mind. Women’s calves tend to be situated lower on the leg than men. Therefore, women’s snowboarding boots usually have a lower cuff for better comfort. Women’s snowboarding boots also tend to be more narrow in the heel, offering better support than the wider men’s shape. Styles and colors also differ between the genders.

 

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SNOWBOARDING BOOTS REVIEWS

 

1. BEST OVERALL SNOWBOARDING BOOTS

BURTON CONCORD

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BEST FOR: All-mountain

WOMEN’S VERSION: Burton Starstruck Boa

LACING: Boa with quick-pull liner

FLEX: Medium

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather, custom moldable liner

PROS: Easy and customizable adjustments with dual boa system

CONS: A little firm on the inside, could have better traction

 

 

 

BURTON ION

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BEST FOR: All-mountain

WOMEN’S VERSION: Burton Felix Boa

LACING: Quick pull with quick lace lining

FLEX: Stiff

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather, custom moldable liner

PROS: Very comfortable for such a stiff boot, high quality for advanced snowboarders

CONS: Expensive. Minimal shock absorption, not ideal for new snowboarders

 

 

 

K2 MAYSIS

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BEST FOR: All-mountain

WOMEN’S VERSION: K2 Sapera

LACING: Boa

FLEX: Medium

MATERIALS: Thermal formable liner

PROS: Good heel hold, dual boa adjustment for liner and boot, excellent shock absorption, solid construction

CONS: No dual boa adjustment for upper and lower boot

 

 

 

 

2. BEST SNOWBOARDING BOOTS FOR BEGINNERS

SALOMON LAUNCH

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BEST FOR: All mountain and freestyle

WOMEN’S VERSION: Salomon Pearl Boa

LACING: Boa and quick-lace liner

FLEX: Soft

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather and thermalformable moldable liner

PROS: Enough flex for freestyle, heel grip to prevent heel lift, good all-round use for trying a bit of everything

CONS: Short flex retention, quite soft

 

 

 

THIRTYTWO LASHED

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BEST FOR: All mountain, advancing beginner

WOMEN’S VERSION: ThirtyTwo Lashed

LACING: Boa and internal lacing for liner

FLEX: Medium to soft

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather and custom moldable liner

PROS: Slightly stiffer than most beginner boots which allows boarder to progress, good shock absorption

CONS: Bit expensive for a beginner boot

 

 

 

 

3. BEST BUDGET SNOWBOARDING BOOTS

THIRTYTWO EXIT

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BEST FOR: All mountain

WOMEN’S VERSION: ThirtyTwo Exit

LACING: Traditional lace with quick-lace liner

FLEX: Soft

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather

PROS: Extremely affordable, great for those starting off with their own boots

CONS: Bulky design

 

 

 

 

4. BEST FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDING BOOTS

K2 ENDER SNOWBOARD BOOTS

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BEST FOR: Freestyle

WOMEN’S VERSION: N/A

LACING: Traditional lace, boa liner

FLEX: Medium

MATERIALS: Thermal formable foam liner

PROS: Great lightweight, playful boot with reinforced ankle support

CONS: Traditional lace system can be frustrating, may turn some people off

 

 

 

THIRTYTWO STW BOA

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BEST FOR: Freestyle

WOMEN’S VERSION: Burton Ritua LTD

LACING: Boa and quick-pull liner

FLEX: Soft

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather, custom moldable liner

PROS: Excellent arch support, lightweight boots, good entry level freestyle boot

CONS: Not suitable for those with a more narrow foot

 

 

 

 

5. BEST SNOWBOARDING BOOTS FOR WOMEN

K2 ESTATE

K2 Estate Snowboard Boots-Womens

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BEST FOR: Freeride

LACING: Boa

FLEX: Medium

MATERIALS: Thermalformable foam liner

PROS: Designed for comfort and warmth, great dual boa system for liner and boot

CONS: Not as responsive as it should be for a boot for this price

 

 

 

 

6. BEST SNOWBOARDING BOOTS FOR KIDS

BURTON ZIPLINE

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BEST FOR: Kids all mountain and park (unisex)

LACING: Boa and feet belt liner

FLEX: Soft

MATERIALS: Synthetic leather, custom moldable liner

PROS: Versatile boots for kids who are still learning where on the mountain they want to be, comfortable and soft flex more forgiving for young boarders

CONS: Almost a bit too soft