Best Snowboard Boots

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 17, 2020
Snowboard boots are as important when it comes to snowboarding as the 'board itself, maybe even more. The best mens snowboard boots will keep the fit snug yet tight, retain some flex yet provide support and stability, and give you a decent response yet remain forgiving. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Size
Flex Rating
Materials
Convenience
Warranty
 
PROS

The polyurethane backstay, working alongside the soft-flex tongue, create the company's staple snug fit between the tongue and boot, letting you ride without adjusting the Boa coil every second run. The upgraded DynoLITE™ outsole absorbs more shock than before, making an occasional flat landing no big deal.

CONS

The boots are pretty heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

With the boots' all-terrain readiness and Shrinkage™ footprint reduction tech, Burton Moto are the best snowboard boots in the budget segment for riders with above-average feet who stick with narrow-waist snowboards. Plus, the tech makes these boots excellent at reducing toe drag. 

detailed parameters
Size

6 - 15 US

Flex Rating

5/10

Materials

Upper: synthetic, textile

Lining: fur, heat-reflective foil

Outsole: DynoLITE™ (polyurethane, rubber)

Convenience

Boa® fit system, Total Comfort construction, Coiler™ technology, 1:1 soft-flex tongue, Shrinkage™ footprint reduction technology

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The articulating cuff and the updated EndoTM profile minimize shell distortion without decreasing stability. The turn initiation these boots are offering is smooth, powering mid-flex boards without overpowering the turns or making the ride twitchy.

CONS

The tongue is stiff. 

OUR VERDICT

K2 Maysis provide great traction, awesome heel hold, terrific flex retention, and above-average warmth. The boots keep the fit snug around the foot's back (heel) but widen out when you start moving towards the middle, accommodating mid-width feet as much as narrow feet. 

detailed parameters
Size

8 - 13 US

Flex Rating

5/10

Materials

Upper: synthetic, textile

Lining: Intuition Control Foam 3D

Outsole: Vibram® Pro Light (polyurethane, rubber)

Convenience

Boa® fit system, Endo™ 2.0 construction

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The above-average arch will fit riders who have a high arch. Shrinking the outsole, the boots provide an awesome board feel. They're plenty responsive (by soft-flex boots' standards). The Intuition Control Foam 3D lining will be able to retain its density with time.

CONS

The outsole starts wearing out within the first few seasons. 

OUR VERDICT

Playful freestyle boots that cost around 150 bucks and also let you hit the park, ThirtyTwo STW BOA Snowboard Boots will give beginners the tools they need to learn the basics without feeling uncomfortable and discouraged. Plus, the single-coil Boa® fit system will make them easy to put on and take off.

detailed parameters
Size

7 - 14 US

Flex Rating

3/10

Materials

Upper: synthetic, textile

Lining: Intuition Control Foam 3D

Outsole: STI Evolution™ foam

Convenience

Boa® fit system, 3D molded tongue, Independent Eyestay™ technology

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The UniLite™ outsole, using high-density EVA foam, dampens and cushions the ride without increasing the boots' weight. The traction pattern on the 'sole is great at shedding snow, enabling effortless one-foot skating as well as making sure that both the ascents and descents are more secure.

CONS

The sizes run small. 

OUR VERDICT

DC Shoes Phase look sweet. Assuming you're fine with traditional lacing, these snowboard boots are solid all-rounders with an attitude. Despite the attitude, they will behave alright on and off the slopes, while the thermal-regulating fleece lining will keep you warm and dry. 

detailed parameters
Size

7 - 13 US

Flex Rating

5/10

Materials

Upper: synthetic, textile

Lining: Textile

Outsole: UniLite™ (high-density EVA)

Convenience

Traditional lacing with strategically designed overlays 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

With Boa coils sharing the ankle, you can make the boots hold the heel as tight or loose as you like. The internal and external "J" bars contribute towards the same goal. The heat-reflective foil will make sure the heat does not dissipate so that you do not get cold while sitting on the lift. 

CONS

The stitching is not consistent. 

OUR VERDICT

Experienced carvers and high-speed riders will appreciate Ride Lasso. With the boots' 7/10 flex rating, both the heel-to-toe and edge-to-edge response are excellent, providing adequate support but still making sure that you can move laterally, accommodating tweakage and all-mountain freestyle.

detailed parameters
Size

7 - 15 US

Flex Rating

7/10

Materials

Upper: synthetic, textile

Lining: Black Gold™ liner mesh, heat-reflective foil

Outsole: Zig-Zag™ flex (high-density EVA)

Convenience

Boa® fit system, IN2GRATED™ construction, Internal and external "J" bars for superior ankle and heel hold 

Warranty

1 year

Burton Moto

All-Terrain Readiness

Burton Moto are offering BOA convenience and all-terrain readiness that lightweight snowboard boots can seldom provide, all with the company's Total Comfort system right from the box. While the polyurethane backstay is working its magic, the 1:1 soft-flex PowerUp tongue is creating this snug yet firm fit between the boot and the tongue so that you can ride without readjusting every time you step off the lift.

Back to the company's Total Comfort construction that works straight from the box, we're talking about that broken-in feel that you receive without the usual break-in period that's required to make the fit snug. Generally speaking, single-coil boots cannot quite compete with double-coil models but the improved heel hold compensates more than you'd expect, making the boots fit like gloves.

They're not necessarily the most responsive boots but the 5/10 flex will let you turn all-mountain 'boards with relative ease. Traction and grip are not the areas where these boots excel but, on the plus side, they're terrific at absorbing shock, meaning that you will not be feeling every flat landing.

Last but not least, the Shrinkage™ footprint reduction technology makes the boots' footprint almost a full size smaller on the outside yet the same size on the inside. This tech is able to reduce toe drag without affecting warmth and feel, making Burton Moto especially great for people with large feet who ride narrow-waist 'boards. Also, the sizes range from size 6 all the way to size 15, fitting kids/men with the smallest feet as well as men with gigantic feet.

Review of Burton Moto BOA Snowboard Boots Mens

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K2 Maysis

Awesome Heel Hold

K2 Maysis have an awesome fit, nice and snug around the heel's back but widening out a little as you're moving towards the foot's middle, meaning that the boots can accommodate mid-width feet and narrow feet alike.

Before that though, what drives the boots' value forward is primarily the articulating cuff paired with the company's updated EndoTM construction. Covering each others' sixes, these two parts are working hard towards eliminating shell distortion while retaining the previous models' support and stability.

But, back to the basics, the company claims that the boots measure around 5/10 flex-wise and, from what we can tell, they're about right, with the boots' middle-ground flex fitting wide boards and bindings combinations. Aside from flex retention, some riders argue that the best thing about K2 Maysis is the smooth turn initiation, working great from the get-go without overpowering the turns or making the ride feel twitchy.

They're not amazing at absorbing shock but, with the double-coil system, putting the boots on and taking them off is an effortless task, not unlike adjusting the fit with the same two Boa coils. The tongue is stiff but, apart from that, K2 Maysis will more than accommodate those riders who prioritize comfort, heel hold, flex retention, warmth, and traction. The available sizes cap at size 13 though, so people with the largest feet will have to look elsewhere.

Review of K2 Maysis Mens Snowboarding Boot

 

THIRTY TWO 32 STW

Playful Freestyle/Park Option

ThirtyTwo STW BOA Snowboard Boots are playful, low-cost freestyle boots that will also fit beginners in the park who want soft and forgiving shoes that can help them learn the basics. With the 3/10 flex rating, these boots will not let you carve at high speeds and we would not recommend hitting black diamond and double-black diamond slopes wearing these bad boys.

Still, they're soft but not ultra-soft, about as close to 4/10 as they're to 3/10, so experienced riders should be able to handle steep trails and drop-offs. The arch is above average but not too high, so people with high arches can try these boots as well.

Considering the flex rating, these boots being middling at shock absorption is not surprising. Likewise, the boots offering an awesome board feel was also to be expected, especially taking into account the minimal outsole. They're more responsive than you'd expect though, not as much as the stiffest boots, but pretty decent at high speeds.

The outsole is not especially grippy and will usually start wearing out within the first few seasons. Still, despite its flaws, ThirtyTwo STW BOA Snowboard Boots are pretty good budget freestyle and park snowboard boots, especially with the single-coil Boa system enabling easy entry and exit.

Review of THIRTY TWO 32 STW BOA Snowboard Boots Mens

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DC Shoes Phase

Phase in and Phase Out

DC Shoes always look cool and DC Shoes Phase are no exception to the rule. The issue with the company's snowboard boots was never aesthetics though. At times, the issue was the outsole, but this is not the case this time. Adopting UniLite™ (high-density EVA), the outsole provides excellent dampening and cushioning, all while remaining lightweight. What's more, the improved traction pattern is epic at shedding snow, ensuring secure ascents as well as descents. Plus, the 'sole enables pretty easy one-foot skating.

Some will like the traditional lacing, some will not. But there's nothing to dislike about the strategic overlays added to the upper, increasing power and leverage to ensure optimal shell closure and customize the fit.

The sizes run small, that's something that has always plagued snowboard boots from DC Shoes, so we will suggest looking at options 0.5 - 1 size above yours first. The lining does not run small though. Incorporating thermal-regulating fleece, the lining's able to retain heat yet wick away moisture.

Long story short, riders that do not trust the Boa® fit system quite yet and need inexpensive all-mountain boots that will behave well on different slopes will be pretty impressed with DC Shoes Phase.

Review of DC Shoes Phase Snowboard Boots Mens

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Ride Lasso

Carving and High-Speed Riding

Intermediate and expert riders will find very few faults Ride Lasso. The stitching is not consistent, making the boots less aesthetically pleasing on close inspection but nothing that will concern experienced riders.

What will concern experienced riders is the 7/10 flex rating (some feel like it is closer to 6/10 than 7/10 though) that makes the boots stiff, sure, but also more responsive. While still forgiving, the boots provide adequate support and reasonable edge-to-edge response when necessary.

Pivoting towards the heel hold part, both Boa coils share the ankle, so you can relax or crank down the fit as much as you want. Furthermore, the boots come with internal and external "J" bars that hold the ankle and the heel tight without squeezing them. Below, matching high-density EVA foam with real rubber, these snowboard boots enable the outsole to improve traction and make the 'sole grippy even on ice.

To wrap this up without discussing what we've discussed countless times before, the lining features an antimicrobial layer that reduces odors, while the heat-reflective foil keeps the heat inside, so you can ride an entire day without feeling cold or dying from the stink when you finally remove the boots.

Review of Ride Lasso Snowboard Boots Mens

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What Are Snowboard Boots?

Snowboarding gear is expensive, so people usually buy it piece by piece. More often than not, snowboard boots are the best place to start since they're equally important when it comes to comfort, performance, and appearance. To find your perfect boots, aside from the obvious size question, you need to figure out the flex rating first. Generally speaking, beginners start with mid-flex (~5/10) boots since they are alright on the slopes, enable decent carving, and even let you visit the park first with some confidence. As riders progress, park rats and hot-doggers start looking towards soft-flex boots, while carvers and speed chasers stick with stiffer models.

Setting that flex rating aside, the second most important decision is usually the fit system. Nowadays, more and more snowboard boots are adopting Boa coils since they let you adjust the fit even while wearing mittens and spend less time than you would with traditional laces. That being said, if you're up on the mountain and the coils fail (which almost never happens but can nonetheless), the boot becomes basically useless, while the laces can be managed even when they rip apart. With these out of the way, there are also the tongue, outsole, lining, and more, but these will always vary between different models, so we would recommend reading the reviews first before you make a decision based on these aspects.

When you're done with boots, start looking towards ski goggles and ski helmets. When you're purchased these accessories as well, it is finally time to move towards snowboards and snowboard bags.

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Publish Date: 2020-09-17 09:07:25