Best Snowboarding Boots
Snowboarding is an activity that is a continually challenging and fun sport. You can rip down the backside of the mountain, where there are less people and more powder.
Or, if you are just a beginner, you may want to slip and slide all the way down the bunny hill. Not to mention, for the major adventurists out there, there are snow parks where you can whip up and down half pipes. What ever your preference is, you will want to look good and feel comfortable while riding the slopes, and having a pair of quality snowboard boots that feel like they were made just for you is a key component.
Finding the right boots may seem like an easy task, but we all have different feet. Some feet are wide, narrow, extra small, or extra big, and making sure that your boots contour to your feet in a way that keeps you firmly grounded will make your experience on the mountain much better. To help get you started on finding a great pair of snowboard boots, we have done the research and put together the following list. By the end of sifting through our fantastic boot options, you will have a good idea of what options are out there.
- Burton Imperial
- Vibram EcoStep soles
- S4 Shell panels
- Burton Felix Boa
- Antimicrobial coating
- Boa Coiler system
- DC Scout
- Fleece lining
- Snow basic insole
10 Best Snowboarding Boots
The construction of this boot is tailored around comfort with a level 2 molded EVA footbed with a support shank. Also, with B3 Gel cushioning it manages to put an emphasis on comfort and the ultimate board feel.
A 30 percent recycled outsole with rubber ice spikes not only provides a great amount of stability, it also is crafted from rubber ensuring plenty of cushion and resistance.
This boot is tailored to fit a man’s foot, so the sizes will as well. With increments of 0.5, up to 11.5, you can select from sizes 9 to 14.
To defy the cold weather and keep your feet warm no matter the extreme climate outdoors, there is a heat-reflective foil present. In addition, the internal gusset is snowproof.
A few color options are open at your fingertips including black and gray, black and red desert, and green.
As a whole, it is difficult to get better than this. While previous Burton boots have had superior shock absorption, few can match this boot’s overall insulation, comfort and durability.
- With a speed zone lacing system, adjustability is an emphasis
- The Vibram EcoStep soles add a significant amount of grip
- To keep the flex consistent, it features high-end S4 shell panels
- Though the shock absorption is still solid, previous models from Burton were superior in this area
Burton Felix Boa (Men and Women's)
Straight out of the box, you need not concern yourself with the “breaking-in” period of shoes and boots as they are comfortable and form-fitting from the word go. Past this, the cuffs ride slightly higher on your ankles to improve the response time when you move.
With its DynoBITE EST outsole, there is enough cushioning and grip on the outside to satisfy even the pickiest of snowboarders.
Burton specifically designed these boots to contour to a woman’s foot and it supports the riding tendencies of females. For size options, select from 5.5 to 11 with increments of 0.5 all the way up to 10.
Certainly, Burton placed an emphasis on warmth here. With insulation technology underneath the foot to reflect the heat back and heat-moldable liners that wick away moisture, your feet will remain insulated and dry.
Only two-color options are available and while that does not seem like a lot, the options for black or faded will adapt to a majority of buyers.
Even though the cuffs ride high on your ankles, there has still been some complaints about heel lifting. But, really, past this, you would be better pressed finding a needle in a haystack than trying to find legitimate concerns with the Felix Boa boots.
- The antimicrobial coating manages to keep all odors at bay
- For an efficient transfer of energy from your boots to the bindings, there are medium-flexing tongues
- Features a dual-zone Boa Coiler closure system to allow for easy adjustment
- Some have complained about heel lifting
Being designed with a Snow Basic insole, these boots manage to absorb and ease the impact. But, the Red liner also aids in comfort with a fleece-lining material and memory foam for cushioning.
DC integrated an all-EVA Unilite outsole into this boot for a responsive amount of cushioning and a lightweight feel to not add excess weight.
No matter the size that men pick here, with choices from 7 to 13 (with occasional increments of 0.5), the Boa H3 Coiler reel allows you to fine tune the perfect fit in a matter of seconds.
Most notable here is the fleece lining that is utilized in the interior of the boots. This not only adds warmth in its own right but it also manages moisture at an efficient rate.
Once again, there are only a few color options available. However, they both resemble each other quite a bit. No matter, select between either a variation of dark shadow, black, and lime or black.
It is rare that three products achieve a rating this high for one category. But, alas, DC proves that they can construct as good a snowboarding boot as anyone on the face of God’s green earth.
- With the Boa reel, you can adjust the boot in seconds
- The Snow Basic insole absorbs rough impacts
- The fleece lining adds a great deal of warmth
- At times, the Boa can come undone
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The closure on these boots is simple to use, as they boast a BOA H3 closure system. It is easy to use, so you don't need to worry about struggling with laces.
The outsole is a sturdy and tractioned Unilite material. Not only will the grip and sturdiness of this material keep you situated in your bindings and on your board's surface, it is also quite light (so as not to weigh you down).
These boots come in a few different color; however, the liner is a stylish red.
If you are looking for a pair of boots that will stand the test of time and remain stiff enough, so they don't get sloppy on you, these boots will do the trick. However, some users mentioned that breaking them in took some time.
- Made with quality materials
- One year warranty
- Fit well
- Some found that the BOA system came undone
Salomon Pearl Boa
Located in all the sensitive areas of your feet is full-length, high-density foam. In addition, the silver fit liner offers self-molding and an excellent amount of support.
Integrated into the outside of the Pearl Boots is a D-Light outsole that is extremely lightweight and offers an additional amount of comfort and dampening.
This is designed to contour to a woman’s foot, but the self-molding foam is able to adapt itself to your foot. For specific sizing options, you can select from size 4 to 10 but it starts incrementing up by 0.5 sizes at size 6.5.
The Ortholite C1 footbed is what provides the warmth as it is designed to keep your feet drier for longer periods of time. Nothing can cool your feet faster than wetness.
While not too many colors are available, you can choose from either a black, Bordeaux and BK variation or simply white.
Once again, narrowness is an issue here. But, the traction is not the best when you wear these on slippery surfaces. However, these few minor gripes aside, it is hard to argue with the pure amount of comfort present here.
- Features a Focus Boa lacing system for fast and easy adjustment
- The footbeds are designed to not break down over time
- With a medium flex, it feels comfortable on all terrain types
- Does not provide the best amount of traction
- They are a little narrow
DC Travis Rice
In the instance where your snowboard slams down viciously to the surface, these boots will resist as much of the impact and vibrations as possible. Past this, the EVA SE liner has memory foam for a superb amount of cushion and comfort.
With the manner in which the anti-drag outsole is designed, the overall footprint is reduced and it translates into catch-free descents when you are on steep terrains.
While not every size option can be promised to be available, men can choose between sizes 7 to 12. But, no matter, the curved tongue allows for a great fit around your shin.
DC integrates Aerotech ventilation in the liner to allow the moisture to escape. While you would think ventilation would lead to coolness, allowing the moisture to escape will actually prevent overheating and wetness.
Each color option is dominated by black, but the two options available include either a touch of orange or a touch of yellow.
Only minor downsides result in this placement, but its rating justifies why it is worth your investment. Even though DC designs their Travis Rice Boots as great as you possibly could, the truly noteworthy feature is the superb comfort.
- With Boa Focus, you can adjust different portions of the boots separately
- The curved tongue allows for a great fit around your shin
- The flex offers an incredible response transfer
- With the outer flap, you can’t slide the boots off
- Maybe a little too squishy and could be stiffer
ThirtyTwo TM 2
With so many features enhancing the overall comfort and feel, it is clear that ThirtyTwo does not want your feet to ache. Features such as an articulated cuff, a performance harness for additional support and flexibility, and a molded foam footbed for cushioning all aid in this area.
A Vibram outsole is utilized here and it delivers a high amount of durability to the shoe, while also giving you a lot of traction on your board or on the ground.
Ideally, for a man’s foot, there are size options from 7 to 13. Almost every single size option is available between them, in half-sizes, except for size 12.5.
With a performance liner providing dual-density insulation foam, a storm shield sealing the weather out and a half-gaiter that prevents the lower laces from freezing all combine to deliver warmth to your feet. But, even with all these features, reviewers have complained that their feet have gotten a little cold.
Just as the rest, only a few color options are provided. The choice is yours for either black and blue or black and yellow.
Even though the warmth features are there, it can still be an issue. As with most the others on this list, this is the one design issue that prevents it from climbing any higher on this list.
- The 3D molded tongue aids in an easier lacing experience
- The performance harness is built taller for better flexibility and heel hold
- Integrated footbed has excellent heel cushioning
- Even with all the features, warmth can still be an issue
Adidas Samba Boots
Along with looking super fly on the mountain, you also get a rubber sole that provides optimal traction on the snow, and this means that your feet will stay firmly placed in their bindings and on the board.
These boots have reviewed very well, and users state that they are really comfortable and break in with a little effort. You may simply want to wear them around the house for a few days.
The liner in these boots is quality and very formable to your feet. It is a moldable Silver Level Ultralon Liner, that once broken in, will feel completely comfortable and supportive to your feet. It allows you to optimally customize the boot to your exact feet.
The power lacing system ties up as though they are sneakers. Some love the laces and some prefer the BOA system, but it really depends on what you desire and prefer.
There is an ankle harness to keep your feet totally in place, so you don't suffer from that incredibly annoying feeling of slippage.
Overall, if you want a boot that is going to provide you with complete comfort and still be stylish, these are your go-to.
- Moldable liner
- Good traction
- Some prefer BOA lacing systems
To increase the amount of heel hold and eliminate shell distortion, the cuff has been articulated. In addition to this, a custom molded EVA adds great impact absorption and cushioning for your feet.
As you have seen many times on this list, here is another outsole that is designed to be both lightweight and durable.
ThirtyTwo has tailored this boot to properly fit all the riders across the globe. From size 7 to 14, with some half-sizes present, women have a lot to choose from accommodating for a wide range of feet sizes.
The level 2, dual-density liner provides an appropriate amount of warmth on colder days.
With four different color selections to choose from, this boot has the most variety of any other on this entire list. These selections include black, blue, camouflage and tie-dye.
ThirtyTwo delivers with yet another highly impressive snowboarding boot. But, as its placement probably indicates, it is not without its caveats. The laces are not the best, you may have to replace them, and the boots can be a little stiff. But, you can also say that is nitpicking a little bit.
- Features a dual-power Velcro cuff closure system
- The cuff is articulated to eliminate shell distortion
- To provide an easier adjustment, the tongue is 3D molded
- The laces may start to fray after a few uses
- Can be a little too stiff
As with every other boot on this list, K2 ensures that comfort is not a design feature that is lacking. With all sorts of integrations present, such as foam 3D liners, an articulated cuff, and external J bars for an enhanced heel hold, comfort and feel are not an issue.
It has become clear that many designers tend to go with a Vibram outsole and K2 is no different. The Pro-Light Vibram outsole provides a great amount of grip while not supplying excess weight.
Designed for men, there are size options available from 9 all the way to 12 (with some half-sizes). With the Boa lacing system, adjusting is also a piece of cake.
Here is where the Maysis boots are lacking a little. While there is a thermal-formable foam, even with thicker and warmer socks your feet may still get a little chilly after too long in cold climates.
With the options open for black, canyon, and russet color choices, each man should be able to find a color that suits them.
Minor issues aside, these are worth a chance. Obviously, there are other snowboarding boots that are superior in many ways. But, that does not mean that the great features such as the comfort and the outsole should be overlooked.
- The external J bars offer an increased heel hold
- The Boa liner lacing system allows for easy adjustment
- There are three unique and appealing color options
- On the binding contact points, abrasions are prone to happen
- Not the warmest boot out there
Criteria used for our selections
When discussing and analyzing any sort of footwear, no matter if it is sandals, boots, shoes, etc., it all starts with the comfort. After all, footwear is generally going to be used for extended periods of time so, as such, if they are uncomfortable they are basically a complete hindrance. Even though you may not plan on snowboarding for long periods of time, comfort is still essential as they need to be comfortable for at least the time that you want to use them.
In terms of comfort, there are a few huge areas to look for and two of them are cushioning and impact absorption. Padding and cushioning are pretty self-explanatory and you want the lining and footbed to have enough memory foam. But, this also lends its way for impact or shock absorption. When you violently land on the boots, you want them to absorb as much of the blow as possible. Of course, there are also features such as an articulating cuff that allows you to flex without distortion and proper heel hold to prevent your heel from sliding up while moving.
For those who are not literate when it comes to footwear jargon, the outsole (as the name eloquently states) is the outermost layer of the sole of the boot. As this portion of the boot is going to be exposed to impact and receive the most damage out of any part of the boot, it is important that it is constructed to be durable. But, doing so while not adding too much excess weight. Ideally, you would also like an outsole that provides you with a great amount of traction and grip. Even if you lock your boots while snowboarding, you may still walk with them when you are icy or snowy conditions.
Also, the outsole itself can aid in comfort as they should be made with enough cushioning to further soften the blows of impacts and general walking. But, as far as what types of outsoles to look for, there are a lot of great ones but a brand that came up continuously was Vibram. Manufacturers such as Vibram make outstanding and efficient outsoles that you can trust.
Trick question, is there a real purpose to buying a boot that does not fit your foot? If you answered anything but no, then you must be buying someone a gift. Simply put, if you are going to invest your hard-earned money into a snowboarding boot (and they are generally not very cheap) then you better ensure that it is going to properly fit your feet. For sizing, if you ever have any doubts if it will contour to your foot, glance around and see if any reviewers have complained about sizing consistency issues. If not, then trust your normal boot sizing and go with that.
However, a key element that also comes into play with sizing is the lacing system. A lot of times, you will see designers integrate a Boa Lace system. This is a very innovative system that forgoes the traditional laces and replaces them with a cable attached to a dial that you twist to loosen and tighten the boots. No doubt, this is much easier and faster than a normal lacing system.
It seems that sometimes this design feature flies a little under the radar and it should not. Unless you have figured out how to create artificial snow (and a lot of it), you must snowboard in colder climates. At times, you are exposed to whatever Mother Nature intends to throw at you. Who knows, you could set up a snowboarding date and it could reach frigid temperatures of below zero. In these times, it is important for you boots to provide you with warmth.
This could include some sort of insulation technology to reflect the heat back to your feet or a specific lining (for example fleece) that naturally delivers warmth when you need it the most. Of course, moisture can also come into play here. If moisture builds up in your boots, they can become damp and wet. With a lining such as fleece, or any other moisture-wicking technology, moisture will be managed efficiently and should not affect you. No matter, just look out for any design features that provide heat as it is vitally important.
Ah, is there really anything more important than style? It really does not matter how great you are at snowboarding, as long as you look good then you really can’t go wrong. Alright, so maybe it is not that important but it is still a noteworthy feature. If not, then why else would designers craft their boots with different color schemes? They understand, just as you should, that visual appeal will sell. It takes more than that, but if someone likes a specific color (especially when dealing with apparel or footwear) over another there is a higher probability that they will choose that one.
Of course, do not let this be the only important criterion. If you are trying to decide between two fantastic snowboarding boots and everything equals out, then allow the color to be the deciding factor. But, under no circumstance, you should never prioritize visual appeal over factors such as comfort, warmth and sizing.
Q: How can I tell if my snowboard boots fit properly?
Just as with any shoe you ever put on in your lifetime, snowboarding boots should fit a certain way and if they do not you risk an uncomfortable experience. But, how exactly are they supposed to contour to your feet? When you first receive your brand-new snowboarding boots, assuming you are purchasing them online, put them on and stand as you would on your snowboard. If you notice that your toes are being squished in the boots, they do not fit and they need to be bigger. Ideally, your big toe should be able to barely touch the tip of the boot. In this instance, the boots fit you perfectly.
In addition, be sure to judge how much your heel is lifting while they are on and if they are not staying down then the fitting is an issue.
Q: How do I clean my snowboard boots?
Eventually, you are going to want to thoroughly clean your snowboarding boots. While it may not be necessary after each ride, depending on how many times you use them, you may want to clean them at least once per year. To do so, begin by removing all the inserts that you are able to. From there, go ahead and add a cup of vinegar into a sink that is filled with warm water. Along with the vinegar, add a minuscule amount of detergent to create your cleaning solution. If you have any removable inserts, place them in the solution and allow them to soak for around 30 minutes.
To wash the actual boots, moisten either a cloth or sponge with the solution of water and begin to scrub the inside and outside of the boots. Once you feel they have been scrubbed enough, rid the soapy solution by wiping it with plain water. If 30 minutes have passed since the time you placed the inserts in the sink, you can now take them out and drain your sink. Refill it with plain water to rinse them.
Q: How do I dry my snowboard boots?
Now that you have finished the washing process, it is time to dry them. There are a few ways to do so and the one you decide is based on your preference. One surefire way to dry the boots themselves, as you should simply allow the inserts to air dry, is to place them in front of a fireplace or forced-air heat vent. This is a terrific solution if you need the boots to dry quickly. But, if you do not intend on using them for a while then you can allow them to air dry. If so, to speed up the process a little, you can stuff old newspapers or bags of rice inside. These types of materials will absorb the moisture at a faster rate. However, you may have to swap out different newspapers as they will become damp over time.
Q: What is the best way to store my snowboard boots?
Snowboarding is a seasonal activity and can only be performed when there is snow on the ground. As such, when spring and summer weather hits it will be time to store them away for several months. To do so, you want to avoid simply tossing them in a random corner of your house with no care. Instead, you should take the time to ensure they are stored properly for the seasons. Before you store them, it may be wise to fully wash and dry them. After which, you should place a couple of fabric softener sheets in the boots.
Now, go into your pantry and measure out around half-a-handful of baking soda (you can just eyeball it as it does not have to be precise) and place it on a paper towel. From there, wrap up the towel with rubber bands and secure it so the baking soda will not seep out. Place one of these in each boot and then store them in their own separate location.
Q: Can I add toe room to a pair of boots that are too small?
Proper fitting was addressed previously and it was concluded that if you do not have enough toe room, they need to be larger. However, it does not necessarily insinuate that you should scrap them. In fact, there are ways that you can add toe room to your boots. Firstly, try removing the footbed and replacing it with a thinner insole. If this does not add enough space, also consider purchasing a thinner pair of socks as these can be the catalyst to why you have no room.
If neither of these does the trick, take the liner out and stretch it over a handle. Or, if none of these remedies work, you can simply take it to a repair technician and they will heat mold the boot to contour to your foot.
Q: How can I break in my snowboard boots?
Some boots are specially designed to eliminate the need for the “breaking-in” period. But, not all of them are. Probably the worst part in buying new footwear is breaking them in. This is enhanced with snowboarding boots as it is not as if you are going to wear them daily. However, before your first big snowboarding trip of the year, you can break them in a little. While in your house, go ahead and put them on with whatever socks you will snowboard with. Throughout the day, partake in your normal activities where it’s easy to do so with the boots on your feet. The more you move around and walk, the faster they will break-in. Also, you can take your snowboard and place your feet in the bindings and mimic the motions you would make while actually snowboarding.
There are many different types of gear that snowboarders need and boots are just one of them. Thankfully, now, you can at least check one of them off your checklist as you are now fully educated and should be able to make a logical final decision.