Snowboard Boots

Snowboard Boots

SIZES

Snowboard boots can be measured in various different ways. The universal snowboard boot sizing system is the Mondo system. The Mondo system uses the length of the foot in centimeters to give a size. Here at Snow Exchange we will use the Mondo system however, we will provide a conversion chart from US and European sizes for your convince.

We recommend trying on the snowboard boot you wish to purchase before buying. This ensures the boot you purchase will not cause any discomfort and will be the correct fit.

 

 

TYPE
When purchasing snowboard boots, you must ensure their features are suited to the type of riding you will be doing. There are many factors that separate each boot into their respected style such as flex, support, traction and comfort. Here is a guide on which boots we recommend for the various riding styles:
Beginner
For those first-time snowboarders, a beginner boot needs to have a fair bit of flex. We recommend a soft to medium-soft to allow for a more forgiving and enjoyable ride. Also, softer flex boots are cheaper so it’s a win-win for beginners. Comfort is another huge factor for a beginner boot, as a day at the mountain quickly becomes unenjoyable with sore feet. Additionally, for beginners, you want as much heel hold as possible for the most response. Heel hold is important for all riding styles but more important for beginner riders as they’re not as experienced with turning and carving as all-mountain riders or free riders.
Park/Freestyle
Park and freestyle riders are those boarders who prefer rails and jumps rather than high-speed runs and carving. When riding park, you want a boot that has soft flex to allow for those quick body movements and a more forgiving and loose feeling when jibbing and hitting rails. By contrast, when riding the half-pipe or hitting jumps, you want a slightly stiffer boot to give more control in the air. We recommend a medium flex boot. If you feel you want to do both, meet in the middle with a medium-soft boot. Additionally, you want a boot with a lot of shock absorption to allow for those constant heavy landings.
All-Mountain
All-mountain boots need to hit the balance of riding groomers to powder and then to park/freestyle. They need to be able to do everything. Generally, a medium to medium-stiff is the way to go for your all-mountain boots. If you like a more casual ride with more freestyle, a medium flex is good. Whereas, if you like more aggressive and responsive riding the medium-stiff is the best option. All-mountain boots need to have the perfect mix of shock absorption and traction (for backcountry hiking), and need to be light.
Freeride
These are for the experienced snowboarders who like aggressive and responsive riding. These boots tend to be expensive as they’re made tough and for the highest performance. If you believe this is your riding style, a medium-stiff, stiff or very stiff boot is the best option. You also want a bit of traction on the bottom of your boot for those backcountry hikes.
FLEX
When deciding on a snowboard boot, it’s crucial to pick a boot that caters for your riding style. Snowboard boots all have different flex ratings for the different riding styles. Normally, a softer, flexier boot is used for beginner riders or freestyle/park riders, while a harder and stiffer boot caters to more experienced freeride and all-mountain riders. Some manufacturers will rate their boots with a 1–10 numbering scale where 1 is softest and 10 is stiffest. However, on Snow Exchange, we rate flex based on feel from soft to very stiff.
FIT
Having the right-sized boot can decide whether you have a bad day on the mountain or a good day. Your feet should fit tight and snug in the boot but not enough to cause pain or cramping. Your toes should just scrape the boot’s toe-cap and you should be able to wiggle all your toes. Heel hold is also crucial in a boot’s fit. When you drive your knee and lean forward, your heel should remain in place and not slide up or around the boot.

Most boots need a few days of riding to wear in and pack out to their true size, so boots should be fairly tight when bought brand new.

Traditional Lacing
This lacing system is the same as your everyday shoes. They are the original and reliable option for any rider level. By tightening the boots with your hands, they offer the most customisation for fit amongst all other systems. Although easy to use, some can loosen during the day of riding and harsh winters can make it difficult to tighten with numb fingers. Despite this, most riders still stick with this system for its tailor customisation.
Quick Pull
The quick pull lacing system requires the user to pull a string that is already laced all around the boot and then tied off to the desired tightness. Quick pull lacing is fast, easy and can be tightened on the mountain with gloves on. Many quick pull systems allow for the foot and ankle/lower leg area to be tightened independently, referred to as zonal lacing. However, they do not allow for as much customisation as traditional laces.
BOA
This lacing system is the fastest of them all. BOA systems use a ratcheting dial connected to cables running all around the boot. This allows for micro-adjustment and tightening even while wearing gloves. BOA systems are sometimes offered as double or triple systems, with one dial controlling the foot area and one or two controlling the ankle/lower leg area.
LINERS
All snowboard boots contain inner liners which are critical for keeping your feet comfortable all day long while riding the mountain. Liners provide your feet with support, cushioning, stability and insulation. Some boot liners are permanently attached to the boot whereas others have removable liners which are efficient for drying. There are three main types of boot liners.
Stock Liners
These liners are common in the cheaper range of boots and will provide a standard level of hold and support, but won’t be as good as the other liners. These work well if you only spend a few days a year up at the snow and therefore won’t be relying on the boots everyday. Also, they also provide a great option if you’re looking to save money.
Moldable Liners
A level up from stock liners in price and materials, these liners will mold to your feet with body heat and pressure over a period of time to better hold you feet.
Heat-Moldable Liners
The most premium boot liner of them all, heat-molded liners require heating boots up to a certain temperature and inserting the foot until they cool down and set to your foot shape. The trade-off with these is you will need to get your boot professionally fitted in store to make sure you get the perfect fit.
SIZING
Your foot size is the most essential information when buying a snowboard. If you have a foot/boot size of US 11.5+, a regular width board may not be the right size and your toes could hang over the edge of the board, creating toe drag during a toe-side carve. Additionally, your foot/boot size will also determine the size of binding you will need to fit that sized boot.

If you would like more information on the different sizes and size chart guides, please visit your boot, binding or snowboard manufacturer’s website.

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