Ten Of The Best Snowboarding Boots 2018

There are many factors that snowboarders need to take into account when contemplating new boots. Support, cushioning and weight are all important. The fit is arguably the most important factor. Every foot is different, so every fit will be different. The wrong fit can cause you discomfort and possible damage to your feet. Stiffness also plays an important role. Softer boots are more comfortable and great for first time riders. Stiffer boots give more support and can handle higher speeds better. A scale is used for snowboarding boot stiffness: 1 being the softest, 10 being the hardest. Added features in the boots help to make the ride more enjoyable. Heat retentive liners, harnesses for your heel and anti-stick technology help the most avid shredders stay out longer and ride harder. Here are ten of the best boots to help you be the best shredder you can be.

 

Deeluxe Spark Boots

These boots are both supportive and powerful. They feature a d-tex weatherproof membrane, advanced weatherproofing technology, and added calf support. You can also purchase the Deeluxe TPS shield which covers the tongue and adds support to your foot. The power strap adds extra stiffness and the heat-molding ability helps to enhance fit and function. The C3 lacing lets you independently lace three separate sections of the boot to ensure a custom fit. These boots are designed for all-terrain mountain riding. The outsole also provides traction on icy surfaces. At a stiffness rating of 8/10, these boots can handle anything. They’re perfect for the toughest conditions with their rugged durability.

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Adidas Boost Boots

With these boots, riders can ride longer and harder with less exhaustion and more ease. With a medium-rated flex, these boots are lightweight, heat-moldable, and water-resistant. They feature dual-zone lacing for a better custom fit and have contained proven technology that produces energy transfer and shock absorption. New to the game, Adidas has used their Boost technology found in many of its running shoes, adding foam to ensure that extra shock absorption. While these boots are a little pricier than most, they are well worth the extra money. You will be paying for comfort and performance. Riders can enjoy 8+ hours of a more dynamic ride with these beauties.

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Burton Ion Boots

Burton built these boots to endure longer than any other boot. They crammed in Auto Cant EST soles that allow lower body alignment, a natural stance and an optimum board feel. Its shrinkage technology reduces your footprint by an entire size. The newest feature, an outer shell pressure relief panel, places soft gel cushion in spots alleviating pressure points and hot spots. Temperature regulated with reflective heat foil, these boots are designed to reflect heat back up from the bottom of your feet. The re-bounce technology promises warmth in even the toughest of settings. With a stiffness rating of 8/10 these boots are great for experienced riders on any terrain.

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Burton Imperial Boots

At a stiffness rating of 7/10, Burton delivers once again with these long-lasting boots. You can achieve all-mountain ride capability with its Imprint 3 liner that is built to execute and offer exceptional support for multiple seasons. They also feature Burton’s S4 panels that keep the flex of the boot consistent and their EcoStep soles that provide added grip. Right out of the box, you’ll have a broken-in feeling with their Total Comfort technology. With their rubber outsole design, optimized midsole and their B3 gel technology, these high-end boots provide the finest cushion. The sleeping bag reflective coil adds warmth and the antimicrobial coating along the inside aids in keeping your feet less stinky. There is enough give in these boots to handle faster, more hostile conditions while still maintaining maximum coziness.

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DC Scout Boots

These boots are among the most affordable, coming in under $200. These DCs feature an easy liner, and Foundation Unilite Outsole: a softer flex, making these boots ideal for beginners. The liner is heat moldable, much like others on the list, and adds an impact-absorbing foot-bed. The liner also has memory foam and lined with soft, fuzzy fleece to keep your feet warm in the coldest of conditions. These boots also assert a Boa Coil closure, which allows you to use a dial to better customize your fit. They have a skate-like feel with their incredible lightness. DC has delivered with a boot meant for all-mountain and all-seasons. Being a soft boot, with a stiffness rating of 6/10, these boots are able to handle all riding conditions with little effort and supreme ease.

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Vans Aura Boots

For years now, Vans has been dominating the snowboarding industry with their killer boots. These boots in particular are helping Vans continue that domination. With softer lacing and a dual-zone lacing system, these boots are reactive and marvelously comfortable. The boots also feature a Boa focus closure that controls three separate areas of the boot so you can dial in the perfect fit for your foot. Vans V-cork UltraCush Lite foot-beds absorb even the most extreme of impacts and their EVA technology reduces weightiness. Their classic outsole reduces weight while adding cushion and ensures durability. Vans added a new thermal heat retention layer, keeping feet warm and improving overall fit. They’re versatile enough for both park and peak, with the softening authority to handle substantial landings and variable terrain. Of course, there is the always iconic look and the traditional Vans lacing system that keeps customers coming back time and time again.

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Adidas Samba Boots

At an affordable price and new to the snowboarding industry, Adidas doesn’t fall short. These boots are best for free-styling, with good support and lenient flex, and a stiffness rating of 4/10. They’re based on the iconic Samba soccer shoe, so good style isn’t an issue. These boots are less bulky than others, giving riding a skateboarding-like sensation. They’re ideal for park/pipe riding with a tall tongue (made of 3D EVA foam) that adds a spring effect on landings. You can hit the biggest jumps with untiring support without losing any comfort. These boots feature dual-zone tightening for a custom fit and active heel harness promotes natural heel flex while holding it firmly. There is a removable liner that is heat moldable and as an added bonus, Adidas even added recycled coffee grounds to help fight odors.

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Burton Women’s Mint Boots

These boots have been the number one selling women’s snowboarding boots for 12 years now. They are affordable and ideal for beginners. They have the lowest stiffness rating of the bunch at a 3/10, but don’t let that fool you. These boots feature Burton’s DynoLite outsole and its Imprint 1 liner that keep the boots comfortable and warm. The speed zone lacing allows the rider to tighten the upper and lower levels of the boot separately, optimizing the fit. This is one of Burton’s softest boots but also one of the most secure in its assurance in keeping the rider happy and warm. There is a moldable imprint liner with True Fit design, sleeping bag reflective foil and they are also snow proof. These boots are comfortable enough for beginners, yet flexible enough for experienced riders.

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ThirtyTwo Lashed Boots

These pair of boots have a stiffness rating of 6/10, making them good for any terrain, in most conditions. They’re a good all-around boot with a relaxed fit and best of all, are at a great price point. They feature a 3D molded tongue, evolution foam outsole and an articulated cuff which eliminates distortion by allowing ‘give’. They have an inner ankle lacing system that provides superior heel hold and performance. These durable boots can take hit after hit with energy transfer technology. They’re ultra-lightweight for optimum performance. They also have an Intuition foam liner that conforms to your leg. And as always, you’ll enjoy ThirtyTwo’s look, too. These boots are geared toward intermediate-advanced riders.

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Burton Ambush

For the fourth time, Burton delivers. These boots are loaded with great Burton technology and are soft and comfortable. They come with high end features like an antimicrobial liner and a DinoBite EST sole that delivers a skate-like feel. They are great for park goers, as well as those just starting out on the mountain. Equipped with a heat-moldable liner, these boots will ensure a custom fit. The rubber traction pods help to maintain your grip while the oversized flex notches safeguard the casing from breaking down. Burton even added their Aegis technology that helps fight odor. They’re comfortable, reliable and are effortlessly balanced. And as expected, Burton delivers again with speed zone lacing, re-bounce cushioning and a sleeping bag reflective foil.

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