The Top 5 Snowboard Boots Reviewed
Whether you’re new to the slopes or a veteran shredder, it’s fair to say nothing beats the speed, the thrill and the raw exhilaration of snowboarding! For those who are at their best when speeding down the slopes with the cold wind lashing at their faces, it really doesn’t get much better. Aside from being a thrilling, fast and furious sport, it also comes with a range of health and fitness benefits. While snowboarding can be done on indoor slopes, nothing beats the thrill of taking to the great outdoors and all that time spent in the natural world has awesome mental health benefits. Snowboarding is furthermore a terrific workout for the whole body, strengthening your core while boosting cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance and coordination. It’s also one of the ultimate feel-good outdoor pursuits. As you speed down the slopes your brain is flooded with a double dose of endorphins from the invigorating speed as well as the energy expenditure. Quite simply, you’d have to travel far and wide to find a sport more thrilling or more conducive to feeling great.
But, as any experienced shredder will tell you, the right equipment can make a huge difference to your snowboarding experience. The right equipment can make your experience easy, comfortable and pleasurable… But the wrong equipment can make even the best slopes into a gruelling, frustrating and even painful chore. Every snowboarder’s needs are unique and it’s important to know which equipment is best best suited to yours. While finding the right board for you is critical that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you’re looking to take your best first steps in the sport or you’re an experienced snowboarder looking to up their game, it’s essential to choose the right kit for your needs. And that starts from the boots upwards.
Anyone who’s spent a meaningful amount of time on the slopes can tell you how essential it is to find the right boots. Finding the perfect mix of comfort and support may involve a lot of trial and error if you’re not sure where to look. Here are some of our favorites to help make it easier for you…
For those of you in a hurry, our choice for the Best Snowboard Boots are the Burton Imperials.
Best Snowboard Boots
With over 30 years’ worth of experience in the business, Burton is one of the country’s most trusted brands when it comes to outdoor wear and sporting accessories. And these Medium-stiff boots demonstrate many of the reasons why so many shredders love and trust the brand.
The Burton Imperial has a Flex Rating of 7 meaning that it offers a good deal of support without being stiff enough to be uncomfortable or restrictive. If you’re new to the slopes this is a good Flex Rating for a starter boot. The ease with which they can be put on and taken off also makes them very appealing to new snowboarders and is facilitated by the Speed Zone Lacing System powered by Burton’s Exclusive New England Ropes. This low-profile lacing system enables lightning fast lacing control as well as a fully customized fit of the upper and lower zone which can be achieved in mere seconds.
As important as joint support is when snowboarding, discomfort can be a real distraction. It can really throw you off your game and potentially ruin the whole experience for you. Fortunately, these boots are designed to offer that “broken in” feel right out of the box. The boots utilize an EST chassis as well as B3 Gel cushioning for superior comfort and board feel while the sleeping bag shell lining keeps your feet warm and responsive even in the coldest weather.
S4 shell panels allow for consistent flex throughout the boot, while lightweight Vibram EcoStep soles give you the grip you need on the slopes.
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly pair of all-terrain boots, these make for an excellent starting point from a quality and trustworthy brand.
- LACING: Speed Zone Lacing System Powered by Burton Exclusive New England Ropes
- LINER: Imprint 3 liner with Focus Cuff
- OUTSOLE/CUSHIONING: Vibram EcoStep Rubber Outsole [30% Recycled], EST Optimized Midsole, B3 Gel, and Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil
- FLEX AND RESPONSE: S4 Shell Panels and 1:1 Firm Flex PowerUP Tongue
- FLEX RATING: Medium/Stiff, 7/10
2. K2 Maysis
If you’re looking for outstanding support that doesn’t come at the expense of your comfort, look no further than K2’s Men’s Maysis boot. These boots are comfortable right out of the box but break in fully after just a couple of days of use. These boots are designed with years of hard wear in mind, offering superior support and durability without sacrificing your comfort.
The Maysis all-mountain versatile boot uses boa coiler lacing and boa conda straps to provide one of the most secure and customizable fits you’ll find in a snowboarding boot. With just one twist, the fit can be tailored to suit your needs. At the same time the Endo 2.0 construction allows for consistent fit and flex throughout the boot so that you get great board feel and responsibility. What’s the point in a secure boot if it makes you feel like you have no control over your board? Inside, the Intuition Pro Foam 3D liner provides a fit that is so comfortable that it feels custom molded to your foot.
What’s more, the Vibram Pro Lite exterior offers enhanced durability and grip no matter what the terrain. While there may well be cheaper boots on the market, this offering from K2 offers such great durability and versatility that you’ll have to wait a long time before needing another pair.
Strong yet yielding, comfortable yet impermeable… It’s the perfect option for shredders who take their snowboarding seriously!
- Lacing: H3 Boa Coiler
- Liner Type: Boa Conda
- Riding Style: All-Mountain Versatile
Another entry from Burton, this Moto soft and flexible boot also uses a Boa coiler system combining the technology of K2’s boot above with Burton’s own practically indestructible Exclusive New England Ropes. As any boarder who’s used coil systems before can tell you, they can be extremely inconvenient when the laces snap. But the ropes in this boot are so reliable that it’s extremely unlikely that this will happen to you. The system is also covered by the brand’s Boa guarantee for your peace of mind.
Moreover, the brand new Imprint 1+ Liner with Integrated Lacing allows for a more comfortable and customizable fit. The lighter and smaller your boot the better. It minimizes heel and toe drag on your board and makes for a smoother boarding experience. Fortunately, Burton’s Moto BOA has been designed with this in mind, boasting impressive Shrinkage Footprint Reduction Technology.
Even when wearing new soft boots, boarders are not guaranteed a truly comfortable fit right out of the box, but these shoes have been designed to give wearers that “broken in” feel straight away, with Total Comfort construction 1:1 Soft Flex tongue. What’s more, the ultra-light DynoLITE outsole delivers soft cushioning and heat reflective technology for warmth and comfort even in the coldest temperatures.
If you’re looking for a softer boot, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that offers better support or response.
- Flex Rating: 3/10
- 1:1 Soft Flex Tongue
- Total Comfort Construction
- Imprint 1+Liner with Integrated Lacing
- Boa Coiler Closure System
Yup, it’s another boot that uses a Boa coiler system. But in terms of cool features, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this offering from ThirtyTwo. The STW Boa not only looks incredibly stylish, it comes with a suite of technologically advanced features to provide the perfect combination of comfort and support with the kind of cushioning and heel lock that few soft boots can match.
The STW BOA makes it quick and easy to get a perfect fit fast with a Single Zone Precision Fit – which makes it quick and easy to get into and out of the boot. Once secure, the internal lacing and heel hold systems provide instant heel lockdown to prevent movement of your foot within the boot which could cause a loss of stability and lead to a fall.
Intuition foam liner gives a fit that is comfortable and readily customizable and the 3D heat molded tongue adds to the feeling of support. The interior is lined with warm microfleece to prevent your feet from feeling the cold, whatever the weather conditions. Finally the comfort footbed and STI Evolution foam outsole provide underfoot cushioning yet their lightweight design ensures that the boot won’t weigh your step down.
A great soft boot for those who prize support and stability!
- Comfort fit liner
- Boa coiler lacing system
- Evolution foam outsole
- 3D molded tongue
- Overmold protection
5. DC Phase
For serious snowboarders, the DC Shoe Co. needs no introduction and this Phase boot neatly demonstrates the brand’s ability to incorporate smart tech into stylish designs. Unlike most entries on this list DC’s Phase eschews a Boa lacing system for traditional lacing. The boot’s upper uses strategically designed overlays to provide more power and leverage in lacing. This makes for optimal shell closure to keep cold, snow and water away while ensuring a customizable fit.
Inside, the boot uses a multi-layer liner for superior comfort and fit, incorporating EVA memory foam combined with a thermal-regulating fleece lining.
All of this is built on the foundation of an extremely lightweight outsole. Made from 100% Uni-Lite this provides the boot with essential durability, dampening, and cushioning while also allowing the boot to remain light and responsive. The snow-shedding traction pattern also helps to ensure a secure ascent or descent.
- Simple but far from basic, the proven performance of the DC Phase snowboard boot will have you locked in for seasons of shredding!
- Traditional lacing for optimal shell closure and fit.
- Snow basic insole for comfortable wear.
- Red Liner:• Technical moisture and temperature management lining• Lace closure• Multi-density EVA construction
- Foundation UniLite outsole for lightweight and shock dampening performance. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 2 lbs Shaft: 10 in Product measurements were taken using size 12, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size. Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.
Whether you’re taking to the slopes for the first time or simply looking for something more comfortable and durable, any of the above boots are a worthy purchase for the discerning snowboarder.
How To Choose Snowboard Boots
Here is a great YouTube video explaining what you need to look for when purchasing snowboarding boots: