Your Boots need to work with your type of Snowboard and Ability Level
More advanced snowboarders will want to get into the nitty gritty of the liners, materials used and traction, but if you’re searching for your first pair, start with the basics…
Beginners should opt for snowboard boots that are flexible
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.