Best Snowboard Boots Reviewed & Rated
There is more to choosing a snowboard boot than just size and style. Flexibility, fit, responsiveness, firmness, and lace tightening systems are just some of the variables that you need to consider. Where and how you plan to ride, for example, will dictate what amount of flex versus softness will serve you best. Freestyle riding calls for a softer, more flexible boot while those looking for speed will want a stiffer boot with more responsiveness.
The fit is also not as easy as making sure the boot is big or small enough. Eliminating heel lift and side to side movement as well as any areas of inordinate pressure are absolutely essential. It is essential to look beyond just brand and style to ensure that the boot – arguably the most important purchase when putting together a riding package – is the perfect fit in every way.
Below, we will discuss the top fifteen snowboard boots across a wide range of features. See if your favorite made the list. If it didn’t, maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new and take your riding to a whole new level.
- K2 Maysis LTD
- Burton Mint
- Burton Photon BOA ‘18
- Thirtytwo Team Two Stevens
- DC Mutiny Lace
- DC Control Dual BOA
- Burton Moto
- DC Phase Lace
- Divas Avid Technical
- DC Karma
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Snowboard Boots
1. K2 Maysis LTD
Intuition Control Foam 3D
Boa Conda Internal Closure
Boa Coiler System
Just the Right Amount Of Flex
Good Fit for Wider Feet
Geared Toward Advanced & Expert Riders
Some Have Had Difficulty With Excessive Wear
K2’s Maysis is an extremely popular boot - and for good reason. The insole is made of heat moldable Intuition Control Foam which, paired with the double Boa closure, makes the Maysis a go-to boot for comfort and control. The heel is held in place with the external closure as well as the Boa Conda system, which is an internal liner tightening process that hugs your heel and has an outside dial to adjust the liner fit on the go.Read more
Boa Coiler and Boa Conda
The Boa Coiler lacing system is one of the easiest and most dependable closure systems on the mountain. Pull and tighten evenly and easily and adjust with a turn of the dial. The Boa Conda internal system adds an extra layer around the heel and has its own dial so you can adjust your liner laces without even taking your gloves off.
Intuition Control Foam 3D
K2’s Intuition Control Foam 3D fills the inside of the Maysis provides medium and firm foam cushioning. Coupled with a molded EVA insole, your feet aren’t going anywhere, but they won’t mind.
Cost and Value
The K2 Maysis will cost you a little more, but there is a reason it is one of the most popular boots on the mountain. The flexibility rating of 7 makes it a great boot for just about any activity, and if you want a customizable fit, you can’t ask for much more.
2. Burton Mint
- True Fit Design
- No Break In Required
- Speed Zone Lacing System
- Color Options
The Burton Mint is one of the top-selling options for snowboard boots, and with a speedy lacing system backed by a lifetime warranty, it’s a smart choice for beginners or those upgrading old boots. It’s a softer flex rated boot, so ideal for newer riders, or those who want flexibility for park riding and executing tricks. Packed full of Burton comfort technology, and basically ready to use with minimal break-in required, it’s worth a look.Read more
True Fit Design
Burton truly considered comfort in this boot design. They’ve made the tongue in each different sized boot to fit 1 to 1, which allows comfort and anatomical matches to everyone’s foot. Every part of this boot was made to accommodate different curvatures and flex profiles, from the baseplate through to the liners.
Imprint liners inside the Burton Mint make it ready to ride without break-in, and a molded EVA footbed that’s heat-moldable allows for lightweight custom fit. Top it all off with their Speed Zone Lacing System, which is warrantied for life; you can lace up quickly with a custom fit in no time. New England Ropes laces are known for being impressively durable, so you’re sure to stay strapped in.
Cost and Value
Average to moderately priced for a snowboard boot in general, it’s a smart buy when you consider the custom fit, lifetime warranty, and Burton brand construction. The more flexible style of boot allows beginners forgiveness on ankle strain and foot fatigue, while also suitable for park riders who need maneuverability to execute tricks in the park. Well worth the investment!
3. Burton Photon BOA ‘18
- Aegis Liner
- Step In
- Vibram Outsole
- B3 Gel Sole
- Some Ankle Rub
Burton is no stranger to our top ten list, and for 2018, they bring the best of the best. The Photon BOA is updated from previous models, but still keeps the comfort and quality you’d expect from Burton. This step in style boot has the tech to use your body’s heat to keep you warm, and Vibram soles for trekking cross-country to backcountry slopes. Easy BOA system gives the feeling of being fused to your boot, so you can cut sharp turns and keep control of your board.Read more
In addition to the Aegis lining, cushioning is found in the B3 Gel sole with reflective foil, which allows your own body heat to keep warmth inside the boot during extreme temps. Molded EVA footbed allows extra support, and a Firm Flex tongue with GripLITE backstay helps maintain flexibility and additional support when you need it for maneuvering.
With Vibram rubber outsoles at the base, you’ll be able to step sure-footed across the snow on treks to untouched peaks for first ascents. The easy step-in design means no strapping into bindings, so you can just click and shred. Rubber ice spikes help maintain further cushioning and traction with each step.
Cost and Value
Although it’s on the more expensive range of our options, Burton’s technical design in the Photon is superior and made for boarders who want to up their level of slopestyle riding. Quick maneuvering is managed with BOA system, and heat maintained by the sleeping bag foil that lines the boot to keep you toasty when it’s less than zero at the summit. Great for advanced riders or backcountry enthusiasts!
4. Thirtytwo Team Two Stevens
- Minimized Heel Lift
- Heat Moldable Liner
- Articulated Cuff
- Run Small
Named after Scott Stevens, Thirtytwo made this classic lace-up boot for a top of the line performance riding. Lacing up in this boot is a bit different than the traditional lace-up, but minimizes heel lift so you keep complete control through tricks in the park as well as backcountry riding. Stiffer than other boots, but still packed full of comfort and stability elements, it’s a brilliant option for those upgrading their boots for more extreme riding.Read more
Traditional lace-ups usually separate the tongue from the eyestays, but not in the Team Two Stevens. With the tongue locked in place, when you lace up, you’ll lock in the tongue as well, which helps minimize heel lift. J bars are built into the liner to further hold the heel in place, so you stay in complete control of your board.
Comfort and Cushion
Heat moldable Level 3 liner allows you to shape it to your unique foot, so you can forget about break-in time before wearing these out on the slopes. The outsole keeps an Evolution Foam for lightweight cushioning, and G2 Gel inserts help to absorb impact on landings. Top it off with 3D molded tongue to maintain a flexible, comfortable feel, and the Articulated Cuff to help maintain shell integrity, and this boot will have you going all day long!
Cost and Value
One of the pricier options on our list, it’s best suited for experienced riders who like testing the limits of their skills to breakthrough to the next level. Stiffer construction helps protect but also stabilizes you for advanced maneuvering but still maintains flex points where needed for quick turns and hard landings. It’s a great option for advanced riders to consider, with a board feel that elevates control without losing comfort.
5. DC Mutiny Lace
- Lace Up
- Color Options
- EVA Footbed
- Unilite Sole
- Budget Friendly
- Run Small
DC Keeps the Mutiny Lace looking stylish, inspired by skate shoe experience, in a freestyle snowboard boot. While it’s not exploding with some of the tech high priced boots have, it’s got some substantial bonus points, and makes for a great beginner boot, or for those who enjoy spring boarding where warmth isn’t always top of the concerns. A statement maker with its look, it has supportive elements to keep you going all day long.Read more
As most on our list, DC utilizes an EVA memory foam to allow the boot to hug your foot in comfort over time. J-bars help gives adequate ankle support, which can be extremely helpful for those just learning how to snowboard, or starting off in the park. Internal harness helps keep heel lift minimized, so you stay put and connected to your board for the best feel.
Lace Up Comfort
Although the Mutiny has a lace up closure, it wraps up tightly and begins lower down in the boot, making sure you have a snug fit. The outsole boasts of Unilite lightweight construction, giving some flex when you need to maneuver, but also a great board feels when strapped in. Traction on the outsole provides amazing grip, further enhancing your ride experience.
Cost and Value
One of the more budget-friendly options listed, it’s perfect for beginners but does well for park riders too. J-strap stability provides support for tricks and grinds but maintains flexibility enough for quick maneuvering. Definitely worth considering for any rider on a budget!
6. DC Control Dual BOA
Boa H3 Coiler Closure
Red liner interior
Temperature Regulating Fleece
J Bars & 180 Power Strap
Tend To Run Small
DC brings us the Boa H3 Coiler closure system with two reels and zoned closure in the Control Dual Boa boot. It has a medium (6 of 10) flexibility rating and a power strap plus J bars to provide stability so you can maneuver with confidence. The red liner inside has cushioning courtesy of EVA memory foam and temperature regulating fleece to keep you cozy and the heat moldable EVA insole will make them feel like they were made just for you.Read more
Boa H3 Coiler Closure System
You can’t get a much more personalized fit than a Boa system with 2 dials and 3 control zones. Add the J bars and the 180 power strap and you have the ultimate in customized tightening. For those who like a versatile boot they can use in both the park and on the slopes, but still, keep a snug fit, it’s well worth a try.
The Unilite outsole is durable without being bulky and provides great support and impact cushioning. If you’ve never experience DC’s Unilite technology, the cushioning is perfect for testing out tricks without leaving your feet feeling rough at the end of the day. Traction is found at the patterned sole to help you maintain grip in the snow.
Cost and Value
This is a moderately priced boot, well worth paying a little more for such a responsive closure system. Great for beginners or advanced riders alike, the DC Control Dual BOA’s focus on stability and customizable comfort is what makes this boot versatile. Depending on your riding style, it could well be the last boot you’ll ever need to buy.
7. Burton Moto
Good for Beginners
Could Be More Stiff
It’s really no big surprise to see Burton near the top of this list. The Moto is a reasonably priced soft boot that has been a top seller for over a decade. The Speed Zone lacing system is one of the quickest ways to get your boot on snugly. The Moto is considered a top-tier entry level boot and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.Read more
Speed Zone Lacing System
One of the fastest ways to get laced up and going, the Speed Zone lacing system is great for beginners to ensure that their boots stay tight. The system features New England Ropes laces, which are known for their durability and toughness.
Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil
Inner material made of Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil will return body heat back to your feet to keep you nice and warm through a day of riding. Best of all, it’s thin enough to provide efficient heat without adding too much bulky padding inside the boot.
Cost and Value
The Burton Moto is a great entry level boot. It is priced competitively especially considering the number of features that are available. Originally made for moto style riding, with sharp sloped turns and speed, it’s still a great all around boot for slope riding. Stability combines with comfort to keep you going all day!
8. DC Phase Lace
- Thermal Regulating Lining
- EVA Memory Foam
- Lace Up
- Beginner Boot
- Runs Small
For beginners, most times investing a lot in a boot can sway you from trying to go the extra mile to make snowboarding a passion. It helps to start off with a budget-friendly, beginner boot, so you can get a feel for what riding with your own gear is like, and eventually, what to change about it. The DC Phase is a solid option for those just getting into snowboarding, keeping cost down, but giving you a step up from rental boots so you can truly feel what riding can be.Read more
Within the red liner lies a thermal-regulating fleece to keep you warm but adaptable to temperature ranges from the depth of winter snowboarding, to springtime days on the slopes. With EVA memory foam boosting the layered construction of the liner, you’ll ride in comfort, all tied together with classic lace closures to keep you secure.
Like most of DC’s shoes, whether it be for skateboarding or snowboarding, their Unilite tech makes the outsole of this shoe. It’s extremely lightweight to help reduce any foot fatigue for all-day sessions, but provide superior shock absorption for landings, and cushioning in a durable sole. Patterning on the sole helps provide traction, especially for beginners who are learning how to navigate on and off the lifts.
Cost and Value
Extremely budget friendly, the DC Phase was designed for beginners in mind. It has all the cushion, thermal properties, and stability needed when deciding if the sport is something to invest further in with upgraded, many times more expensive, gear. And with a variety of color options to choose from, you’ll find one that suits your taste and style.
9. Divas Avid Technical
- Intuition Liner
- XR-Performance weatherproofing
- 10 to 1 Heat Retention
- Color Options
If you’re an experienced boarder, you’ll know that sometimes, the weather at the top will leave your toes numb after hours riding lifts and boots in the snow. The Divas Avid Technical is rated for below zero temps, waterproof, wind resistant, and has a BOA lacing system to keep you snug, warm, and secure even when the weather isn’t ideal.Read more
Within the Avid Technical lies the Intuition Sport boot liner, created from ULTRALON EVA foam, making it incredibly durable, moldable, and with flexibility to allow for movements critical for chucking quick turns. If you’re on the mountain or backcountry for full day after day wear, rest assured you’ll step out of the Avid Technical with dry feet, and less cramping. The liner conforms to the foot on the interior, and in a three-dimensional manner, also to the boot shell on the exterior.
Micropore lamination and coatings are the foundation of the XR-Performance weatherproofing found on the exterior of the boot, assuring that you stay warm and dry in even the coldest temperatures. These line the boot shell fabric, creating breathability and durability during wear. With a 10 to 1 heat retention rating, wind, water, and cold have little effect so you can continue to hit powder conditions all day long.
Cost and Value
At the top of our list, the Avid Technical is great for all levels of snowboarders, but also snowmobilers. Its price point is slightly more expensive than some brands, but for a good reason. A grippy lug outsole provides traction, Aegis microbe shield helps against bacterial growth, and the overall construction of the boot guarantees protection. A sure win for those looking to go long and hard on the slopes!
10. DC Karma
Red Liner fleece interior
EVA Memory Foam
Medium Flexibility (5 of 10)
Lightweight But Supportive
Tend To Run Small
Not As Warm As Other Models
Red Liner internal construction with multi-level EVA memory foam allow for mega comfort in this beginner to intermediate women’s boot. Designed to be fashionable and functional, the DC Karma is sturdy on the outside for great control, and soft on the inside for superior comfort.Read more
Red Liner fleece is a temperature regulating internal layer that can help keep you comfortable without excessive bulk. Great for springtime rides, or in the depths of winter storms, you won’t’ miss any fresh powder due to what the temperatures’ like on the slopes.
Traditional Lacing System
It may be low-tech, but the traditional lacing system allows for a completely customizable fit and controlled support. For beginners, it’s a great option to start with when sorting out how you like your boots to fit, and where you may need more stability or more flex.
Cost and Value
One of the lowest priced boots on this list, the DC Karma is a great option for women looking for comfort and stability without breaking the bank. The medium flex allows for the DC Karma to be used on almost any terrain.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
An important part of any snowboarding boot is the lacing system. It is crucial that the ankle and heel stay securely in place, with as little foot movement as possible. Ideally, the boot should fit tightly while still being comfortable and not cause any discomfort or blisters.
There are three lacing systems commonly offered for snowboard boots; quick-pull, Boa, and traditional. There are also boots that have a hybrid design that mixes two of these systems together into one. All three of these systems are designed for easy on and off wear, while no one system is conclusively better than the others, it really depends on the wearer’s preference.
Quick-Pull: This lacing system is a one-pull corset-style lacing system that is fast and is good for individual zone tightening. This makes for a fine-tuned tightness of forefoot lacing separate from the ankle and lower leg.
Boa: The Boa lacing system is made of small-diameter cables (usually stainless steel) attached to a knurled wheel or dial which allows the wearer to adjust the comfort level of the fit. Boa lacing systems guarantee a secure and form-fitting fit around the lower leg and foot.
Traditional: The traditional lacing system has been tried and tested over the years and always performs the way that it should. This type of lacing also offers the wearer more ability to customize their boots by picking specialty or designer laces over stock ones.
here are several different riding styles; Freeride, All-mountain, and Freestyle, depending on your style of ride you will require different features from a snowboard boot.
Freeride: Freeride refers to off-piste terrain and the occasional groomed run with a need for speed and a precise ride. Stiff snowboard boots are best for this type of rider because the rigidity of the boot helps to create edge power for scribing across the firm and tightly packed snow.
All-Mountain: Is any ride on terrain made for snowboarding, usually untracked powder, park-and-pipe, or groomers. All-mountain riding is the most common style and these riders tend to prefer a more flexible boot.
Freestyle: Freestyle is for the rider who prefers more fun-style terrains like, half-pipe, jumps, spins, tricks, and rails. Generally, soft and flexible boots are preferred when Freestyle riding.
Snowboard boots come with different flex ratings, anywhere from soft to stiff. Boot flex is really based on the wearers’ preference but usually, a softer flex is chosen by newer riders. For more seasoned riders, like all mountain riders, a stiffer flexing boot is usually preferred. Boot flex ratings are not always the same with every manufacturer which is why flex can be different from brand to brand.
Most manufacturers assign a number rating ranging anywhere from one to 10, one is the softest and 10 is the stiffest. Usually, ratings will follow a similar structure, for example; 1 to 2 would be soft, 3 to 5 is medium, 6 to 8 as stiff, and 9 to 10 would be very stiff.
There are different varieties of liners that come with snowboard boots and the best kind for you will depend on your riding style. Below are the three most commonly used types of liners;
Stock Liners: Give minimal padding and stability, conform to the shape of your foot after several wears.
Heat-Moldable Liners: Top of the line liners that truly give the perfect wear.
Moldable Liners: Next level up from stock liners in materials used; they are designed to mold to the shape of your foot over time through body heat.
There are many things to consider when discussing the value of a snowboard boot. You want to primarily consider comfort, durability, personal appeal, and of course, price. It's important to find the ideal balance between these aspects. For example, an expensive pair will not have much value if they are uncomfortable enough to not be willing to wear them. The issue with buying boots online is that you can't try them on before ordering, so it's important to look at user reviews to determine how other people feel about the actual fit of the shoe.
Also note that computer monitors and phone/tablet displays handle color differently, so the color in the picture may end up being slightly different than when they show up at your door. Be sure to look over user reviews before making your purchase, and don't be afraid to return or exchange them if you find they don't live up to your expectations. When it comes to snowboard boots you shouldn't have to make compromises on anything.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
So you just started snowboarding, and still have yet to get your gear, but it's piqued your interest. What's next?
First and foremost, make sure the sport is something you want to invest some time and money into. Gear from boards, to bindings, and boots, as well as lift tickets, can cost a pretty penny! Start by going with friends, or taking lessons at the local mountain, as they have gear you can rent while you learn.
If you've decided snowboarding is something you are hooked on, beginner boots can be the most friendly to start with while you learn proper technique an advance to steeper slopes. Boots with flexibility as well as support will leave your calf and feet feeling better at the end of the day, than some of the more rigid boots out there. It's really up to you if you want something that's more traditional, like a lace up boot, or a BOA, which makes lacing fast and easy.
Most important of all however, is to have fun!
If you've been riding for a while, you most likely know which aspect of snowboarding you gravitate towards most. For some, it's the thrill of the park, with jumps, grinds, and the pipe. For others, powder and glades call your name. But, for each of these different kinds of riding styles, there are boots out there to support your performance along the way.
Researching boots can be tedious, but it will benefit your unique riding style in the long run for a more enjoyable experience. Park riding requires flexibility but also specific levels of support for jumps and landing. Slopestyle riding in Powder is a bit more forgiving, but also requires the ability to turn at a moment's notice to avoid trees when glade riding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Custom insoles help to alleviate any misalignment of your feet, knees, or ankles. They are designed to provide extra support for your feet and body which reduces the risk of sustaining injuries.
Wearing appropriate snowboard socks will compliment the fit of your boot and will lessen rubbing to prevent blisters. Snowboard socks are also designed to wick moisture away from the foot, helping to keep your feet cool and dry.
It’s very important that your snowboard boots feel comfortable when you wear them. Your toes should have enough room to wiggle slightly and your heel should be firmly planted so there is no movement when you lift up or down. There should be no uncomfortable pressure points and your foot should feel securely planted in the boot.
There could be several reasons for your feet feeling numb and tingly while snowboarding, it could be caused by water leaking into your boot, ineffective weather protection, or it could be caused by boots that are too tight and cut off your circulation. This is why it’s important to look for a snowboard boot made from quality materials that will adequately protect you from the elements.
There are several things to consider when deciding which snowboard boot to buy, like, your level of experience, the terrain you will be wearing them on, the width of your foot, and the type of flex which you prefer. You should take these things into consideration and assess which boot to buy based on your responses.
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