In order to have the most fun on the slopes you’re going to need quality equipment – this is definitely true for what’s on your feet.
If you want to get one of the best snowboard boots there’s a few things you must consider. In this post I’ll show you everything you need to think about when making your purchase and my top picks for both men and women.
By the time your done I’m sure you’ll see a pair that you love.
How To Choose The Right Snowboard Boots
When making your selection, make sure to consider the following:
- Where you spend the majority of your time riding
- Getting the right size
- Lacing system
First off, you need to determine the type of snowboarder you are. Most snowboarders are known as all mountain riders and they tend to purchase all mountain snowboard boots. All mountain just means someone that divides there time equally on all parts of the mountain – they like riding on trail, going through the park to hit some jumps and rails and venturing into the untouched back country to surf the powder.
These boots tend to be flexible which allows them to work everywhere (you can check out my top picks for all mountain snowboards by clicking here)
Some people only like to spend their time in the park, however, and they’re known as freestyle riders. These snowboarders focus primarily on half pipes, jumps, tricks and things like that. This class of boarders want boots that are very soft/flexible because it improves maneuverability and responsiveness.
The third type of snowboarder is called a freerider and these people avoid the park all together. They like fresh, off trail powder and will occasionally hit up groomed trails too. These riders need stiffer boots because it gives more precise turning, which is needed on icy snow and through trees.
After you’ve figured out where you like to spend your time, you have to get the right size for your boot. Here’s a video that’ll help in this department:
Pretty simple, right? It’s essential to get the right size, so make sure you accurately measure your feet.
Lastly, shift your attention to the lacing system. This is important because it gives a good feel when you’re out on the slopes. There’s three types of lacing systems and they are:
- Traditional Laces: These are the easiest and most simple lacing system – they’re also the cheapest and easiest to replace. The only downside is they can be hard to adjust with gloves on.
- Quick Pull Laces: These are convenient because you can tighten and loosen specific parts of your boot. This means if the top part needs to be more snug and the bottom part less snug, you can achieve that. The laces are hard to replace, though, and if your lacing system happens to break while your riding that’ll probably end your day.
- Boa System: Boa boots make use of a wheel or dial to adjust tightness and give an extremely precise fit. Plus, they’re easy to use and can be used while wearing gloves. Like quick pull laces, if these break you’ll probably have to wrap it up for the day.
If you’re a little confused about the different lacing systems, this video should help out:
So now that you know exactly what to look for, let’s take a look at my top picks for men – my top picks for women will come directly after.
Best Snowboard Boots For Men
Salomon Faction Boa
Let’s say you’re just starting out snowboarding or you’ve been doing it for a little and want to get more serious. Where do you turn? The Salomon Faction Boa might just be the answer.
These boots are perfect for people just starting out because they can be used all over the mountain. This gives you the opportunity to comfortably try out all terrains to see which you like the most. If you happen to be happiest on trail, these will work there. Same can be said for the back country and the park.
There’s a bunch of other features you’ll like that include:
- Boa lacing system gives you the exact fit you want quickly and easily
- Silver Fit Liner automatically forms to the shape and size of your foot, giving you the perfect fit
- Medium flex ensures you’ll be in control no matter where you’re riding
- Ortholite footbed holds its structure over time and remains cushy year after year
- 2 year warranty shows this is a well made and durable product
- Lightweight and won’t unnecessarily slow you down or feel uncomfortable
The price is pretty good too and won’t break the bank. You’ll get your money’s worth here, though, and you’ll like the way they feel out on the slopes.
DC Scendent Snowboard Boot
The last boot you saw were for beginners to mellow intermediates – the DC Scendent’s is for a completely different class of riders. This boot is made for people that are very confident in their abilities and crave performance/speed.
I wouldn’t even buy these boots if you’re an intermediate. You need to be pretty advanced to rock these. Also, they’re not really made for the park either and best suited for on trail and off trail riding. This is because they’re ultra stiff which enables for more speed and precise turning/carving.
If this sounds like you, then you’ll like the:
- Double Black Liner gives a snug and perfect fit
- The Double Black Liner also forms to your foot giving you a custom feel
- Traditional lacing system is easy to maintain and can be replaced quickly if broken
- Impact G Sole is extremely comfortable and will have you feeling good all day long
- Lightweight and does a good job absorbing vibrations/soaks up impacts
When purchasing high quality equipment you usually have to pay an arm and leg. That’s not actually the case here. The Scendent’s aren’t cheap but they’re not overly expensive either.
As long as you can handle what these boots can produce, you’ll like what you’re getting here.
Ride Lasso Snowboard Boot
So far you’ve seen a boot made for an absolute beginner and one for near expert level riders. But what about the people in between these skill levels? The person who gets bored riding on green circles but doesn’t take helicopters to the mountain’s peek?
If you consider yourself a good snowboarder (intermediate to advanced) you’ll like the Ride Lasso and what they can do for you. This is a good boot for all mountain use and works well in various conditions.
Some cool features include:
- In2grated Construction is lightweight and gives you a boost in the performance department
- A pretty stiff boot ensures your thirst for speed will be quenched
- Intuition heat molded liner can be heated up by a professional for a custom fit to your unique foot shape
- Boa lacing system makes life very easy and gives snugness and looseness where you want it
- Imapcto Insole gives you soft landings when you’re getting air and feels good on your feet
- Rubber outsole cut backs on weight and provides a sense of lightness out there
This product is a little pricey, though, but well worth it. You’ll have a hard time finding a boot of this quality and comfort and for that, you gotta pay a little extra.
Burton Photon Boa Snowboard Boot
Burton is a household name and you’ll find their gear all over the mountain – you’ll see kids riding on their snowboards, people wearing their gloves, rocking their bindings, hats, jackets, socks, snow pants and more. They know snowboarding and they know what it takes to make quality gear.
This is all true for their Photon boots too. Keep in mind this is another product that requires a good amount of skill to rock. I don’t even think a strong intermediate will work here. You need to be able to handle basically everything on the mountain and really love pushing yourself. In that advanced and up category.
If that’s you, you’ll enjoy the:
- Total Comfort Construction which holds its integrity and the way it feels season after season
- GripLITE Backstay keeps this boot lightweight and improves energy transfer for quicker carves
- Focus Cuff ensures your ankles aren’t irritated or anything like that
- Imprint 3 Liner is heat moldable and prevents the build up of bacteria
- Antimicrobial coating lessens the likelihood of a smelly boot
- Boa lacing system gives you custom fitting in 3 different zones (upper, lower and achilles)
- Lightweight footbed that soaks up vibrations for a smooth ride
This boot does an excellent job of dampening and this will really make your day much better. How much will all this cost? They’re pretty expensive. If you’re a beginner or not very serious about snowboarding you won’t need to pay that much.
If you crave performance, however, you should definitely think about the Burton Photon.
K2 Darko Snowboard Boot
Some people just need air and love the park more than anything in the world. They don’t have anything against trail riding, it’s just not for them. If you fall into this category you should definitely consider the K2 Darko’s – they’re tailor made for soft landings off big jumps and to help you conquer the most difficult rails.
They also come with a soft flex which is perfect for the park. It’ll give you the maneuverability to pull off all those tricks you’ve been dreaming of.
They also have:
- Intuition Comfort Liner supports your ankle and is extremely comfortable
- Traditional lacing system is easy to use and it won’t be a big deal if it breaks
- Street Light outsole won’t weigh you down
- Harshmellow dampening means you’ll get soft landings and will improve your stamina from reducing vibrations
You don’t need to be an X Game finalist to rock these but having a little skill won’t hurt. As long as you’re a decent intermediate and up you’ll feel in control with these on.
Lastly, you can find the Darko’s for pretty cheap. Don’t buy these if you spend an equal amount of time on trail as you do in the park, though. You should go with a more versatile, all mountain choice if this is the case.
Salomon Dialogue Boa Snowboard Boot
Here we have another Salomon boot and this one, the Dialogue, is good for all parts of the mountain. I personally think they excel the best in the park but they can be used for trail runs too.
So if you fancy yourself a freestyle rider who likes to take breaks by getting speed down some groomers, you should think about the Dialogue’s. They can accomplish this because they have a medium flex which give you some versatility.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- RF3 Lateral Flex improves comfortability and the Heel Grip ensures your heel locks in place
- Custom Fit Liner is heat moldable and provides support for all the vulnerable parts of your foot
- Boa lacing system allows you to get the fit you want quickly and easily
- Ortholite c2 wicks away moisture build up and soaks up vibrations
- Lo Fi Outsole is specifically designed for the park and improves dampening, responsiveness and feel
- 2 year warranty shows you’re getting a quality and well made product
This is another boot that works for a lot of different skill levels too. Maybe the best of the best will want something a little more but everyone else will like what they get. It blends performance, control and comfort well.
Also, it’s pretty reasonable to purchase. This is right where you’d expect a product like this to cost.
Flow Talon Focus Boa Snowboard Boot
The Flow Talon’s aren’t for the faint of heart. This boot is suppose to be strapped to the feet of those that don’t back down from a challenge and embrace the unknown – literally.
These boots are made for the untamed back country and for any person that likes the deep fresh powder and unpredictability of off trail riding. The Talon’s are ultra stiff and this will ensure you get the quick carving and speed you desire when facing ungroomed terrain.
It also has:
- 3D Lasted Tongue ensures a perfect fit and won’t be distracting you
- 5 Feather Liner are extremely supportive and can be custom fitted using heat
- Anti-bacterial materials also reduce foul smells
- Boa lacing system is incredibly easy to use
- Bare Foot Technology built into the outsole dampens and does a good job maintaining a natural feel
This boot is made for advanced terrain so it shouldn’t be surprising that it requires an advanced rider to wear – beginners and intermediates need to look elsewhere.
The price isn’t even that bad for the Talon’s either. This is a superior piece of equipment at a pretty affordable price.
Keep in mind these boots aren’t made at all for the park and won’t work well there.
Burton Highline Boa Snowboard Boot
Some just have dreams of getting air and riding through the park and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Burton Highline Boa will help you achieve this dream.
This boot has a very soft flex and this enables you to maneuver expertly in air and to hit rails with ease. This product will give you the confidence to go out side your comfort zone and improve your skills this season. Some other aspects you’ll like include:
- Total Comfort Construction makes these feel broken in and ready to go the second you put them on
- Imprint 1 liner is soft to the touch and can be molded to your unique foot shape with heat
- Boa lacing system is guaranteed for life, which is something you don’t see everywhere
- Level 1 footbed keeps your feet feeling good and soaks up impacts
- Lightweight which is nice when you’re trying out new tricks
There’s really two types of riders that will love this boot. The first, which I mentioned already, is a freestyle rider and the second is a beginner. The soft flex makes learning pretty easy, especially for carving and turning.
The price is what you’d expect for a quality pair of boots like these.
K2 Seem Snowboard Boot
The K2 Seem isn’t the best snowboard boots on this list or the best quality. This is on the lower end of the spectrum and is mainly suited for beginners. Not everyone needs the highest performance or the most up to date technologies, though. Some people just snowboard causally and aren’t too concerned with improving much.
The Seem is for these people. The one’s that like to take it mellow and really have no desire to go down diamonds or fly through the park. If that sounds like you, then you’ll that it comes with:
- A soft flex that novices need to learn how to snowboard and is good for people that like to take it easy
- Comfort foam keeps your feet from hurting and prevents unnecessary pains
- Boa lacing system enables for simple adjustments
- EVA insole does a good job locking your foot in place and reduces the likelihood of your foot sliding around
- The sole is made from gripping rubber so you won’t fall down when walking up stairs or anything like that
Because this isn’t a high end product you can find this set of boots for pretty cheap. So if you’re looking to finally join your friends out there this season and to learn what all the fuss is about, the Seem can work for you.
DC Torstein Horgmo Boa
Looking for a beginner boot to learn with? Keep looking. The Dc Torstein is not meant to go slow and is not meant for a novice. This product is as stiff as a boot can get and can be found on the feet of some serious riders.
This boot has such high performance because it’s made to go down some tough terrain. You know those videos of pros bombing mountain sides and cliffs? The videos that give you that weird feeling in your stomach and make you go “that’s crazy!?” The Torestein is the type of boot that can handle those types of situations.
That’s because it has a:
- Double Black liner improves the circulation around your toes and this will prevent coldness. Also, this liner can be customized so you get the perfect fit – not too snug or too lose
- Dual Boa lacing system ensures you can make adjustments quick and this gives you more control over fitting to certain parts of the boot
- Impact G Sole is extremely comfortable and prevents shock
So obviously the Torstein is reserved for skillful snowboarders and you should be pretty advanced to think about this product. Honestly, you should be able to handle everything on the mountain or at least be close to handling everything on the mountain to wear these.
Because this product is such high quality it’s going to cost extra. The type of rider this boot is made for won’t mind paying that, though.
You shouldn’t wear these if you’re planning on park riding this year.
Best Snowboard Boots For Women
Burton Limelight Boa
First up for the women is from a company that you can trust – Burton. Their Limelight Boa is a boot that a wide variety of riders will love. It gives you enough performance that skilled snowboarders will like what they get but it’s not so high performing that intermediates can’t use.
It works for mellow intermediates all the way to advanced boarders.
This boot really excels in the park too because it rocks a soft flex. If you have dreams of air and rails this is a product you definitely should consider. Not sold yet? You’ll also like that it features:
- Women’s Specific Fit is designed specifically for the needs and anatomy of a women’s leg and foot
- Total Comfort Construction makes this boot feel great first day out of the box
- 3M Thinsulate keeps your feet warm even on those frigid January mornings
- Imprint 2 Liner cuts back on overall weight and can be heat molded to your foot
- Boa lacing system is the easiest to use and will save you a ton of stress
- Level 2 footbed will keep its cushioning long after the first time you try them on
The price isn’t too low or too high. If you plan on getting out there the next few years you’ll definitely get your moneys worth and you’ll be happy you decided on these.
Maybe you’re on a budget and can’t really purchase a $300 pair of boots this season. Or maybe you just don’t really see the value in having top of the line, best of the best.
Either case you’ll find your solution with the DC Karma. This piece of equipment is affordable without giving up too much in the performance department. If that sounds attractive to you, you’ll like that they come with a:
- Medium flex means you’ll be able to go all over the mountain with this product
- Red liner is ultra comfortable and does an excellent job keeping your feet and toes warm
- Traditional laces are easy to fix if broken and simple to use
- EVA footbed soaks up impacts and makes sure you feel good
- Outsole reduces weight and grips the ground well which prevents you from slipping when walking
The Karma works for a wide variety of snowboarders and I personally think it works best for low level intermediates all the may to more advanced. The only group I would say shouldn’t consider this product is extremely high performers – they’ll probably want something a little more.
I mentioned these are pretty cheap too. You’ll have a hard time finding a pair of boots this inexpensive that are still pretty quality.
This K2 boot is a “Haven” for people learning how to snowboard. One of the worst thing you can do when just starting out is having the wrong equipment. If the boots you select offer too much performance you’ll find yourself falling down constantly.
It’s kind of like you wouldn’t want to learn how to drive with a Ferrari – it would just be too fast. The Haven’s make sure you’re in control all the time and will enable you to take slow, wide carves and turns.
Also, you’ll that it has a:
- Soft flex is good for the park and keeps you from flying out of your comfort zone
- Intuition Comfort Liner allows for comfort all day long and won’t take too much time to break in
- Boa lacing system is durable and lets you make adjustments without taking your gloves off
- Rubber Lite sole prevents you from falling down the stairs and grips the ground well
- Die Cut EVA footbed provdes a good amount of cushion for you to enjoy
The price is fair too. This is a good price for anyone not looking to break the bank without giving up much in the performance department.
Salomon Pearl Boa
The Pearl Boa is a product that a lot of different snowboarders are going to like. It has a medium flex so you can hit up all parts of the mountain including the park, on trail and off trail.
One thing that you’ll like about the Pearl is the autofit feature. Autofit means it comes with self molding foam and it forms around the shape of your foot. You’ll always have a custom fit this way.
Some other aspects that make this a quality boot include:
- Silver Fit Liner makes use of comfortable memory foam and will leave you filling good for the whole day
- Boa lacing system takes away the stress of lightening your boots
- Ortholite Footbed keeps its structure over a long period of time and feels good for years
- D Light outsole is lightweight and grippy (adds a little safety when you’re walking around)
- 2 year warranty shows it has a good amount of durability
Personally I think this boots suits a lot of different skill levels. The only group I would recommend looking else where would be very advanced riders. They’ll probably want a product with a bit more performance.
Price is definitely a positive too. This makes them a really good value for all that you’re getting.
Are you someone that rides for leisure or performance? Do you like a combination of both? If so, the Ride Sage might be the boots for you. This product is lined with plush cushioning that feels as soft as a pillow. This makes it one of the best feeling boots on this list.
It does this without giving up much in terms of quality, either. Maybe if you’re a pro in the making you’ll want something else but any recreational rider will like what this product can do for them.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- A medium flex means you won’t be stuck on one part of the mountain and will be able to explore all parts
- In2grated Construction is extremely light weight and adds even more comfort
- LSD Calf Adjustment Technology gives you the prefect fit around your lower leg
- Intuition Foam Liner gives you that pillow feel
- Antimicrobial coating reduces the spread of bacteria and lessens the chance of foul smells
- Can be heat formed to your foot for a custom fit
- Boa lacing system is easy to use and will last through out the seasons
- Drip sole is durable and does a good job gripping
How much is this going to cost? Not that much actually. They’re a good deal for all versatile snowboarders.
Salomon Ivy Boa
The Salomon Ivy Boa is a boot that works for a lot of different riders and can be used all over the mountain – this is one of the more versatile products for women on this list.
One reason it works so well in different terrains is the medium flex. It’s soft enough to give you control when in the air or on a rail, while also giving you speed and handling on trail and off trail. So if you’re the type snowboarder that likes to mix things up, you’ll really like what you get here.
Also, it comes with:
- Heel grip ensures your heel stays locked in place when you’re riding
- Custom Fit Pro Liner is cushioned and provides a good amount of support
- Focus Boa Lacing system is extremely easy to use and comes in handy when it’s too cold to take your gloves off
- Ortholite footbed keeps your foot comfortable and dry
- Flight outsole is extremely lightweight
This a boot that performs at a pretty high level so you’ll need some skill to wear it. You don’t need to be an expert but you should at least handle blue squares with ease.
Lastly, the price isn’t cheap but I wouldn’t say it’s overly expensive either. That’s pretty fair for all that you’re getting.
Flow Deelite Coiler
I know what you’re thinking – the better you get at snowboarding the more you’ll have to pay for gear. You’ll have to go out and buy a $500 snowboard and $300 boots.
That’s actually not the case and the Flow Deelite’s prove that.
These boots can work for skilled snowboarders and won’t completely break the bank. The best part? You can use them on all terrains and parts of the mountain. The flex is in the sweet spot that makes them all mountain.
Some other features you’ll like include:
- 3D Lasted Tongue has a minimalist design and won’t feel or seem bulky
- OC Kush Fit doesn’t react to temperature which is nice on those colder days
- 3 Feather Line forms to your foot and provides a good amount of comfort
- Boa Closure System is durable and will stand the test of time
- B.F.T. Free track is good for when you’re walking around and will prevent you from slipping all over the place
I mentioned this boot is low cost. This really does make it one of the best values on this list. It’s rare to get a piece of snowboarding equipment this cheap that satisfies what skilled snowboarders will need.
This is the perfect budget boot for any girl looking to shred this winter.
Thirtytwo STW Boa
The Thirtytwo STW Boa’s are for the person just dipping their toes into the world of snowboarding. Maybe you’re a skier that wants to try something new, or maybe your friends have been bugging your for a while to come to the slopes. Whatever the reason, the STW’s are made for true beginners or moderate intermediates.
That’s because it has a very soft flex and keeps you from flying down the mountain – it also prevents carves that are too sharp or precise. This type of flex will give you wide, sweeping turns and this keeps you from going face first into the snow. This is very good for learning.
Some other aspects you’ll come to enjoy include:
- Comfort fit ensures this product feels good from day one
- 3D molded tongue doesn’t take up a ton of space and won’t be digging into your shin
- Level 1 liner is heat mold-able and will form to the unique shape of your foot and ankle
- Boa lacing system will save you a ton of stress going froward
- Level 1 footbed keeps your feet nice and warm
- Evolution Foam Outsole reduces weight and makes sure this product will last year after year
- Comes in a few different colors so you can get the exact look you want
Plus it’s extremely affordable. There’s a lot of positive reviews too and if you’d like to see what others are saying about the STW’s, click below:
Like a few of the boots on this list, the K2 Sapera is a boot that lets you explore all terrains. If you want to cruise down some steep trails you can do that with these on your feet. Feel like taking a break from the crowded slopes and taking yourself into the untouched back country – the Sapera’s work here too.
You can even take these puppies through the park to show off that new trick you’ve been working on. Besides just versatility, these boots have some awesome features, like:
- Intuition Control Foam 3D Liner gives you a boost in ankle support while maximizing comfort through out the entire boot
- Traditional lacing system is easy to replace and non complicated to use
- Phylight Outsole is durable and lessens the harshness of vibrations; this makes for a smooth ride
I personally would recommend these for someone that knows what they’re doing. At the very minimum you should be a solid intermediate. A true beginner might think these are a little too fast.
Also, the price is VERY good0. These boots are probably the best value for women. It’s rare to get a new boot, that’s high quality, for this cheap.
Last on the list comes from a familiar brand and one you’ve seen plenty of times already – Burton. Their Mint is another quality boot from them and works well in the park. If you’re a speed junky or like to surf the powder, you may want something different.
They can be used once in awhile in those places but they shine off jumps, rails, and the half pipe. That’s because they’re ultra forgiving with their soft flex.
You’ll also like that they have:
- True Fit tongues means you’ll have extra space for your shin and you won’t feel too snug
- Total Comfort Construction ensures these feel good right away and keep you feeling good for years
- Imprint 1 Liner is heat mold-able and can fit the exact shape of your foot
- Speed Zone Lacing lets you make adjustments quickly on the fly
- Level 1 footbed eats up impacts and shocks
- Dynolite outsole is lightweight and adds even more cushioning
If you’re a beginner on the slopes this product will actually work for you but it’s more geared toward intermediate to advanced freestyle riders.
Lastly, the price is excellent and you can be getting air with the Mint’s for a low cost. Now you see why these are one of the highest selling boots year after year.
Make Sure To Ride With Quality This Year
Having a good day on the slopes is really the best. You get to cruise down trails, push yourself and have some fun in the process. When you’re done you can chill by the fire, grab some food, or even get a drink.
I’ve had bad days, though, and it’s usually because my equipment malfunctioned. If you want to enjoy yourself you need to get the right gear and this is true for your boots.
Get the right pair and you’ll have a carefree day of riding all day long – get the wrong pair and you may have to pack it in early.
No matter your budget or skill level there’s a pair of boots here that’ll you love.
If you have any more questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the snowboard section up top for more tips and gear reviews for this winter.
Are you ready to show off your new boots to all your friends?