How to Choose Snowboard Boots
Getting the right pair of snowboard boots is just as important as getting the right board and bindings. Your boots will serve three crucial purposes on the mountain. First, they will keep your feet warm and protected from the elements. Second, they’ll provide cushioning and support. Third, your boots will transfer flexion from your lower legs to your bindings and subsequently to your board. Having boots that fit properly and have the right amount of flex is critical to your comfort level and overall riding experience.
Follow the steps below on how to choose snowboard boots to get started:
- Narrow your selection by flex. Boots with softer flex (less stiffness) are ideal for freestyle riding. Medium flex is a good choice for all-mountain riding. Choose medium to stiff flex for freeride and backcountry riding. Finally, choose stiff boots (minimal flex) for racing and freecarve riding.
- Choose a lacing system. There are three types. Traditional laces are simple and cost effective. Speed lacing, also called quick-pull lacing, saves time and makes tightening your boots faster. BOA lacing makes dialing in the fit even easier with a twist knob and quick-release mechanism.
- Choose a size. Your snowboard boot size should be the same or very similar to your actual shoe size. Don’t automatically choose a larger size. You want a fairly snug and secure fit. There should only be about a thumb width of extra space between your toes and the front of the toe box. It’s okay if your toes just brush the front of the boot when flexing, but they shouldn’t be pressed up against the front either.