They’ll ensure comfort even while you’re falling over and pushing back up again and again.
Intermediate snowboarders will want a little more support and precision when travelling at speed, while experts will look for rigid snowboard boots with lots of support and may even want to buy a pair that are specifically designed for the type of terrain – park and jumps need a medium flex, while freeriding is better with a rigid flex.
From your foot to your heel
Snowboard boots are measured on a scale called Mondo Point, which is based on the length of your foot from your heel to your longest toe (in cm).
Fast lock, boa or zone lock?
There are a variety a of different fastening types to choose from when it comes to your first pair of snowboard boots.
A fast lock fastening is probably the most common and easiest to adjust – just pull it tight and it’ll lock the laces in place.
A boa fastening is one of the most powerful and comprises a cable and wheel, while a boa coiler fastening has a winder and works a little quicker.
For a balanced sense of security and extra power and precision, choose a zone lock fastening, which secures across different areas. The cable lock 2Z fastening is the supped-up version of the zone lock and comprises a cable and wheel as well as a rip-tab at the tibia.