Best Snowboarding Boots
Snowboarding is a continually challenging and fun sport. You can rip down the backside of the mountain, where there are fewer people and more powder. 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. Whatever your preference is, you will want to feel comfortable and be firmly grounded while riding the slopes. Having a pair of quality snowboarding boots that feel like they were made just for you is a key component.
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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
Top Ten Snowboarding Boots
1. Burton Imperial
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
Spoiler alert, the top two spots on this list are secured by Burton. What does this tell you? It provides you the reassurance that anytime you see Burton, you know it is of high-quality (most of the time). Their Men’s Imperial Boots embody what snowboarders look for in a pair of boots.Read more
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, but 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.
2. Burton Felix Boa
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
Similar to their Imperial Boots, it is hard to find more quality in a boot than with the Felix Boa Boots. Designed for women, it to excels in all the major areas you need to look for.Read more
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 purple velvet 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.
3. DC Scout
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
Indeed, there are other manufacturers outside of Burton that know how to design an efficient snowboarding boot. It just so happens that DC, which sports the same rating as the other two boots on this list, has one of the best with their Scout Boots.Read more
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, blue, and white.
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.
4. DC Search
Made with quality materials
One year warranty
Some found that the BOA system came undone
Here is another entry on our list featuring DC boots, and this is for good reason. These women's snowboard boots are some of the most solid pairs you will find on the market today. They are made to be durable and will definitely last for seasons to come. Find out more details about them below.Read more
These DC Women's Search Snowboard Boots have a rating of 6/10 for flex. This means that they will take some time to break-in, and they may be stiff at the beginning. However, once they are broken in and molded to your feet, you have a great pair of boots that will be durable in all snowboard situations (whether you are a beginner, intermediate or novice).
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, but it is also quite light (so as not to weigh you down).
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. Most reviewers agree that they run slightly small and that you may want to order up a half of a size.
These boots are ideal for all seasons. The liner inside helps to keep your feet warm without overheating. For colder climates, you'll want to pair these with a warm, insulated sock.
These boots come in a few different colors including Black with red, Black with blue, Maroon, and Brown.
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.
5. Vans Ferra Pro
SmartWool liner is comfortable and moisture-wicking
Hybrid boa system for an adjustable fit
No walk mode
Can feel very stiff to begin with
The Ferra Pro is a women's style boot that is great for backcountry or all-mountain riding. They feature a hybrid boa/lace-up system that really allows you to dial in the fit that is most comfortable and secure for you. Above all of the great features, we love the style of these boots.Read more
With a five to seven flexibility rating from Vans, these are a great backcountry or all-mountain boot. The V2 UltraCrush liner offers great stability, arch support, and shock absorption. Many features make the fit of these boots very comfortable.
The V2 WaffleFlex outsole is made entirely from rubber and features lugs that provide great grip. The outsole is lightweight and has a great balance of traction ad shock absorption while still allowing you to feel the board beneath you.
The Ferra Pro tends to run about half of a size small. However, even if they feel tight upon arrival, they do mold and stretch to your feet with a few rides. There is a hybrid boa system integrated into this boot that allows you to dial-in the fit. The front features a traditional lace-up tie and the side-mounted boa dial tightens the boot around your instep.
The insulation of these boots hasn’t been a popular subject. However, there’s nothing bad to say about it, just that you may need some cozy socks in extreme cold. The inner is made from heat-moldable V2 UltraCrush with a smart wool liner. There are also built-in airflow perforations to avoid overheating.
Depending on which retailer you choose to support, your style options will differ. However, with this women’s boot, you can expect neutral colors with feminine accent colors and flowers.
If you are looking for a stylish and versatile woman’s boot, we highly recommend the Ferra Pro. While these boots are stiff to begin with, they loosen up after a few rides.
6. Burton Mint
Many color options
The speed lace system is not as tight as a traditional lacing system
The Mint has been the best selling women's snowboarding boot for thirteen years and running. With its great insulation and comfort that makes it ready to wear out of the box, it's no wonder why. This may not be the ideal choice for an advanced snowboarder, but it is great for beginner to intermediate levels.Read more
The Mint has a flexibility rating of 3 on the Burton scale. They are soft and forgiving, giving you great control when gliding or turning. Thanks to the Total Comfort Construction, there is minimal to no break-in period. The EVA footbed is comfortable and absorbs vibrations and small bumps.
The outsole of these boots is made from 100% rubber. The intricate traction of the DynoLITE sole provides great grip and cushioning.
The imprint 1+ liner is heat-moldable, meaning that you can bring it to a local snowboarding shop and have it specially fit your foot. The shoe tends to run a ½ size large. The speed zone lacing allows for quick and easy adjustments to the upper and lower zones separately.
If you tend to have cold feet, the Mint is a great option for you. The interior is lined with sleeping bag reflective foil that uses and traps your own body heat to insulate the boots. There is also a snowproof internal gusset to ensure that no snow enters the boot, keeping your feet warm and dry.
There are plenty of style options, depending on where you buy this boot from. You’ll find different colors available on Moosejaw, Backcountry, Amazon, and Gearcoop. A few options that you can expect to find include Tan, Black, Purple, Floral design, and Blue.
The women’s Mint boot has been a best seller for over a decade for a reason. With its great flexibility and control, it is ideal for beginner to intermediate snowboarders and function well on multiple terrains.
7. ThirtyTwo TM 2
The 3D molded tongue aids in an easier lacing experience
The performance harness is built taller for better flexibility and heel hold
The integrated footbed has excellent heel cushioning
Even with all the features, warmth can still be an issue
ThirtyTwo is a brand you will quickly become familiar with and while their Tm-Two Boots are hindered a tad by their warmth deficiencies, they are still terrific in their own right.Read more
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.
8. Adidas Samba
Some prefer BOA lacing systems
The Adidas Samba Boots look just as fun as their name is. They sport the classic Adidas three stripes and come in black, white, or grey. Not only will your feet look super styling on the mountain, but they will also be comfortable and in a pair of solid quality boots.Read more
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.
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.
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.
These boots are lined with faux leather and faux suede to provide comfort and warmth.
These boots are great if you are wanting a boot that looks fashionable. The black pair comes with a touch of flashy gold stripes to uphold that classic Adidas look.
If you want a boot that is going to provide you with complete comfort and still be stylish, these are your go-to.
9. DC Travis Rice
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
Dc returns with yet another entry on this highly-impressive list, which says something about the brand’s quality. Their Travis Rice Boots, in specific, excel in the aspects that a great boot should.Read more
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.
For color choices, you can choose from Black with yellow accents or Brown with black accents.
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.
10. K2 Maysis
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
A new manufacturer is presented here. This time, K2 is responsible and their Maysis Boots are crafted with quality in mind. They may not be flawless, but they are sufficient enough to perform well.Read more
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 the 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.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When discussing and analyzing any sort of footwear, no matter if it is sandals, boots, shoes, etc., it all starts with 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 to snowboard 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 through icy or snowy conditions. Also, the outsole itself can aid in comfort as it 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. However, 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 you properly.
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 Lacing 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 your 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 doing it 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.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
When looking to invest in a pair of snowboarding boots, you can use the same sizing as your shoe size,e which will make it easier to find the perfect fit. It is recommended to try on the boots even if they are the same as your shoe size to ensure they fit snugly, as this will give you more control over your board.
While a stiff boot may sound uncomfortable, it is much more responsive and preferred by many seasoned snowboarders. Boots that are less flexible are better for beginners. Stiff boots will react less to each movement you make, allowing your mistakes to slide, in turn, making them great for someone who is just picking up the sport. Each movement that you make sends a command to your board, and you’ll want to make sure you’re sending the correct signals.
Other Factors to Consider
Another component that you will want to take into consideration is the compatibility between your boots and your bindings. Chances are that if you already have a board and bindings, you've been through this before. Bindings are typically offered in three sizes, Small/Medium, Medium/Large, and Large/Extra Large.
To start with, double-check the size chart from the manufacturer. Afterward, it's time to check the compatibility yourself. Place your shoe in the binding and tighten the straps. They should not be painfully tight nor should they have excess slack. The ladder should the rachet easily, and if not, will need some readjusting. Your bindings should allow for a bit of movement, but not enough to sway.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How can I tell if my boots fit properly?
Just as with any shoe you ever put on in your lifetime, these 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 pair, 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 should I clean my snowboard boots?
Eventually, you are going to want to thoroughly clean your 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 should I dry my 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 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 of 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.