What makes a good pair of snowboarding boots? Well, first and foremost they should hold your foot securely without sacrificing comfort, but they should also be suited to your skill level and the type of snowboarding you do. Before you hit ‘add to bag’, take a look at our easy guide to choosing the right snowboard boots for you.
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To make choosing the right snowboard boots even easier, we’ve homed in on the three key criteria: your skill level, your shoe size, and the fastening system – there are quite a lot of options for the latter, so it’s worth getting a better understanding of how each one differs.
1. YOUR SKILL LEVEL
You may not be a beginner, but you are still learning and working out a few things, so it’s best to opt for snowboard boots that are flexible, and comfortable.
Advanced snowboarders will likely need good support and boots that balance precision with speed.
Look for snowboard boots with plenty of support and stiffness, and make sure they’re suited to the terrain you ride on.
Speed and freeride = rigid flex
Park and jumps = medium flex
2. YOUR SIZE
Snowboard boots either come in EU sizes (41, 42, etc.), or Mondopoint (cm). Use our conversion table to find the size you need:
3. FASTENING SYSTEM
Fast lock: Quick and easy to adjust – just pull and lock and you’re good to go.
Boa: A very powerful system with a cable and wheel.
Boa coiler: A very quick and powerful system with a cable and wheel with a winder.
Zone lock: This fastening focuses on individual zones for improved power and precision.
Cable Lock 2Z: Powerful and very secure, this fastening system comprises a cable, wheel, and tibia rip-tab.
Separate fastenings: Some snowboard boots have separate fastenings, i.e. the upper part and lower part of the boot can be tightened separately for greater precision. Tightening the upper section gives the boot more rigidity to the boot, and tightening the bottom ensures greater support. Of course, this also means you can make your boots a little looser to enhance comfort.