So how do you pick the right snowboard boots? With all the choices out there, how could you possibly choose? Finding the right snowboard boots will dictate your entire snowboarding experience, and it is one of the most important pieces of new equipment that you will buy this season. Whether you're a seasoned expert with 100 days of riding so far, or your favourite run is the one that leads to the lodge, it is important to take the time to understand the various boot styles and to, ultimately, get boots that fit well. Happy feet = more time on the hill.
What's your riding style?
With so many options to choose from, a good place to start is determining your riding style. Ask yourself where do you like to ride, and what is your ability level.
Park rats know they need a comfy boot with support in specific areas. From urban jib spots to big booters, your feet can take a beating from harsh landings so a good liner and footbed is key. Quick lacing systems give riders the option to tailor the tightness in the upper and lower zones of the boot.
This category of rider generally demands a more supportive boot. The stiffer the boot the more responsive it will be. This is important for engaging critical turns and stomping landings. These boots are for the go-getters and come packed with all the tech you'd expect. Your feet will stay energized and dry for those long days on the mountain.
The Breakdown On Laces
With all the different tech out there that goes beyond traditional laces, it can be confusing deciding what lacing system to go with. Let us simplify it for you!
If you aren't down with change and prefer lacing your boots up the old fashioned way then traditional laces are for you. It still gives you control of the overall tightness of the boot and can often be a good option if you're on a budget. The Vans V-66 is a classic lace-up boot packed with features such as the Tongue Lock Down System that helps eliminate heel lift as you tighten.
Maybe traditional laces aren't your thing, or you're looking for something a little faster to do up. Speed Zone (Zone Lock) is a pull and lock lacing system that allows you to customize the tightness over the upper and lower parts of the boot independently. The Salomon Dialogue boot does just that and delivers instant communication between your feet and your board.
Boa is the most convenient system on the market. There are two versions: Single and Double Boa. Single Boa tightens the super strong wire lace by twisting a dial on the upper tongue of the boot. It's the fastest lacing boot you've ever tried on! Double Boa (Focus Boa) uses a second dial on the outer side that allows you to adjust the upper and lower zones individually. Micro adjust each zone to your desired comfort. Some like it a little tighter around the foot and a little looser at the calf and vice versa. The other benefit is loosening them. When you're having lunch at the lodge, or even having a rest on the chairlift, just pop the Boa and the coiler will release the wire.
The Price Is Right
Your boots connect you to your board. If they are comfortable and fit properly, you'll want to be on the hill more. They should be the one item you put the most thought and money into. If you're going to splurge a little on any item, let it be the boots.
If you have the option to try before you buy, DO IT. Narrow down your options and don't feel weird for walking around the store in each pair of boots for at least 5-10 minutes. We understand that buying boots is a process and price can play a role in determining which ones you pick. That being said, it doesn't mean you have to break the bank. As the price of boots go up, so does the tech. If you'reonly spending a few days a year in them, or you're just learning the basics there are always more affordable options.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to message us below, or call the shop and talk to one of our boot fitting experts.