Snowboard boots come in all shapes and size. Well, maybe not shapes per se, but colors, flex ratings, lacing options, and sizes, yes. Not to mention all the other parts of a boot that can be customized to your liking. If you haven’t yet, read our guide on how to choose snowboard boots for a better idea of what you need. But for the most part, the one factor that differentiates snowboard boots the most will be the flex rating. Boots with different flex ratings cater to different riding styles and levels. So naturally, we decided to put together a list of the best snowboard boots in individual rating categories. We have soft boots (rating of 1-4), medium boots (rating of 4-7), and stiff boots (rating of 7-10). That’s enough talk for now though, let’s continue with what the best snowboard boots are for men and women.

Best Snowboard Boots of 2017-2018

 

Soft Medium Stiff

Burton Moto BOA

Flex: 3
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $$

32 Lashed

Flex: 6
Lacing: Classic
Cost: $$

Burton Photon BOA

Flex: 7
Lacing: Dual BOA
Cost: $$$

32 STW BOA

Flex: 4
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $

Adidas Samba ADV

Flex: 5
Lacing: Classic
Cost: $$

Burton Ion BOA

Flex: 8
Lacing: Dual BOA
Cost: $$$$

K2 Taro Tamai

Flex: 3
Lacing: Dual BOA
Cost: $$$$

K2 Ender

Flex: 5
Lacing: Classic
Cost: $$$

DC Judge BOA

Flex: 8
Lacing: Dual BOA
Cost: $$$$

 

Best Snowboard Boots – Soft Flex

Boots on the softer side of things are perfect for park, freestyle, and breezy all-mountain terrain as they are more flexible and forgiving. They also provide support for the ankles and calves, lateral mobility, and are comfortable right out of the box. A flex rating of 1 to 3 would be considered soft, while a 4 is more of a medium-soft.

The Burton Moto BOA is perfect for beginners, and has been the company’s best-selling snowboard boots for 15 years. Newly equipped with BOA lacing technology, the Motos remain lightweight and comfortable. $200

The ThirtyTwo STW are comfortable right out of the box and feature BOA lacing for pitch perfect micro-adjustments. A Sherpa fleece lining and level 1 footbed will keep your toesies warm as well. $200

The K2 Taro Tamai is the vision of highly regarded Taro Tamai, and is packed full of tech so you can throw anything its way. Pretty steep price, but worth every penny if you want the best boots for turning and mobility. $500

 

  • Flex Rating
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  • Lacing
  • Liner
  • Footbed
  • Outsole
  • 3
  • BOA
  • Imprint 1 Liner w/ Integrated Lacing
  • Level 1 Molded EVA Footbed
  • DynoLite Outsole
  • 4
  • BOA
  • Comfort Liner
  • Molded EVA footbed
  • STI Evolution Foam Outsole
  • 3
  • Dual BOA
  • Directional Flex SpaceHeater Liner
  • 3D Formed Dual Density EVA
  • Vibram V4 Outsole

 

Best Snowboard Boots – Medium Flex

Medium flex make the best snowboard boots for intermediate and advanced riders looking for a more responsive boot while also allowing for some flexibility. Boots with medium flex are great for park, all-mountain (fun or aggressive), and some freeride. A rating of 5 to 6 would make a solid medium flex.

You’ve probably heard of the ThirtyTwo Lashed already, mostly likely because it’s the #1 selling snowboard boot worldwide. It happens to do everything right, including fit, comfort, support, and flex. Its light weight and low-profile make it a freestyle and all-mountain favorite. Uses traditional laces. $240

The Adidas Samba ADV are inspired by the legendary indoor soccer shoes but can hold its own on the mountain. Works well for all-terrain with a Continental rubber outsole that grips on snow or ice. 3D molded tongue, heat moldable liner, lightweight EVA midsole, and comfy upper all add to this unique boot. It even sports classic laces like the OG Sambas. $250

The K2 Ender uses traditional laces, a Vibram outsole, and is also built with ENDO construction, which keeps the flex of the boot throughout its lifetime. An articulating cuff means more comfort and better response, while Harshmellow impact and vibration absorption helps mitigate hard landings. $350

 

  • Flex Rating
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  • Lacing
  • Liner
  • Footbed
  • Outsole
  • 6
  • Classic
  • Heat moldable dual density foam liner
  • Molded footbed w/ heel cradle & arch support
  • STI Evolution Foam outsole
  • 5
  • Classic
  • Heat-moldable Ultralon foam liner w/ speed lacing
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  • Continental rubber outsole
  • 5
  • Classic
  • Intuition Pro Foam 3D liner
  • 3D Formed Dual Density EVA
  • Vibram V4 Outsole

 

Best Snowboard Boots – Stiff Flex

If you’re into freeride/backcountry/racing/carving, you’re probably looking for a stiff pair of snowboard boots. Recommended for advanced riders, stiff boots allow for amazing response and maximum energy transfer for sharp turns. The stiffness is also easier on the ankles for harsh landings and choppy conditions. A rating of 7 would be considered medium-stiff, while 8 to 10 would be considered stiff.

The Burton Photon BOA has a ton of all the latest and greatest tech. Dual BOA for precise fit and comfort, Firm Flex PowerUP tongue and GripLITE backstay for amazing response, high-traction Vibram outsole with gel cushioning, Focus cuff for great heel-hold, and all the other amenities such as Imprint 3 heat-moldable liner, antimicrobial coating, and Level 2 EVA footbed. $380

The Burton Ion BOA offers maximum board feel and response. New Life Liner keeps your feet warm for longer, Level 2 EVA footbed softens landings like a champ, and ankle support and stability are amazing. Uses Dual BOA lacing for quick and easy tightening. It has a ton of other features that are just too long to list. $480

The DC Judge BOA is a stiff boot for high performance while remaining exceptionally comfortable. If you’re into high speeds and jumps, these won’t disappoint. $330

 

  • Flex Rating
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  • Lacing
  • Liner
  • Footbed
  • Outsole
  • 7
  • Dual BOA
  • Imprint 3 Liner
  • Level 2 Molded EVA
  • Vibram EcoStep Outsole
  • 8
  • Dual BOA
  • Life Liner, Ultralon Performance Foam
  • Level 2 Molded EVA
  • Low-profile EST midsole, Recycled rubber outsole
  • 8
  • Dual BOA
  • Custom-fit Black Liner
  • Impact S Insole
  • Vibram Outsole

 

Best Womens Snowboard Boots

 

Soft Medium Stiff

Burton Mint

Flex: 3
Lacing: Quick
Cost: $

Ride Sage BOA

Flex: 4
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $

K2 Contour

Flex: 7
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $$$

Vans Hi-Standard

Flex: 3
Lacing: Classic
Cost: $

Salomon Ivy BOA

Flex: 5
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $$

Ride Cadence

Flex: 7
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $$$

K2 Haven

Flex: 2
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $

32 Lashed

Flex: 6
Lacing: Classic
Cost: $$

DC Mora BOA

Flex: 7
Lacing: BOA
Cost: $$

 

Best Womens Snowboard Boots – Soft Flex

Softer boots are the best for park, freestyle, and fun all-mountain terrain. Its flexibility, forgiving nature, and comfort are the reasons why beginners choose them most. So, a flex rating of 1 to 3 would be considered soft, while a 4 is more of a medium-soft.

The Burton Mint is the world’s best-selling women’s snowboard boots for over a decade now. Its light weight, broken-in feel out of the box, Speed Zone system for quick lacing, and features that keep your feet warm make them a great first pair of boots. $200

The Vans Hi-Standard is the company’s best-selling snowboard boot of all time, and that might have something to do with its pleasing style and modern performance. Classic laces and a soft-flex make it an ideal choice for freestyle riding. $180

The K2 Haven is a comfortable boot for those looking to progress. The Intuition Comfort Foam 3D liner provides superior out-of-the-box fit and comfort while BOA lacing technology makes setting up a breeze. $200

 

  • Flex Rating
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  • Lacing
  • Liner
  • Footbed
  • Outsole
  • 3
  • Quick lacing
  • Imprint 1 Liner w/ Integrated Lacing
  • Level 1 Molded EVA
  • DynoLITE Outsole
  • 3
  • Classic lacing
  • Flex liner
  • V2 Single-density UltraCush Lite
  • Reverse Waffle Outsole
  • 2
  • BOA lacing
  • Intuition Comfort Foam 3D liner
  • Die-cut EVA
  • Rubber light outsole

 

Best Womens Snowboard Boots – Medium Flex

More for intermediate/advanced riders, medium flex boots will provide more response without compromising on the flexibility needed for all-mountain riding. Great for park, all-mountain (both fun or aggressive), and freeride if you’re feeling confident. 5 to 6 would be considered medium flex.

The Ride Sage BOA is an excellent choice for those who have some experience surfing the white wave. With a medium-soft flex, a heat-moldable liner, and a responsive sole, these boots keep your feet locked down and happy. The calf adjustment technology is also a nice addition to eliminate pressure points. $250

The Salomon Ivy BOA is a versatile boot packed with performance technology. Perfect for all-mountain terrain, our favorite feature is the inner heel harness that keeps your heel from lifting up while riding. $270

You’ve probably heard of the ThirtyTwo Lashed already, mostly likely because it’s the #1 selling snowboard boot worldwide. It happens to do everything right, including fit, comfort, support, and flex. Its light weight and low-profile make it a freestyle and all-mountain favorite. Uses traditional laces. $240

 

  • Flex Rating
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  • Lacing
  • Liner
  • Footbed
  • Outsole
  • 4
  • BOA lacing
  • Intuition Plush Liner
  • Die-cut EVA
  • Grip sole
  • 5
  • BOA lacing
  • Heat moldable custom fit liner
  • Ortholite C2
  • Flight outsole - low-profile, EVA
  • 6
  • Classic lacing
  • Heat moldable dual density foam liner
  • Molded footbed w/ heel cradle & arch support
  • STI Evolution Foam outsole

 

Best Womens Snowboard Boots – Stiff Flex

Stiff boots are built for very experienced riders who want the ultimate response and energy transfer in a pair of snowboard boots. A stiff flex gives you amazing control of your board, which is why they make the best snowboard boots for freeride, backcountry, racing, and carving. A rating of 7 would be considered medium-stiff, while 8 to 10 would be considered pretty darn stiff. All our top women’s choices were given a 7 rating, but remember that flex is not the same between manufacturers.

The K2 Contour, as its name suggests, offers superior fit and stiff support so you can tackle exhilarating terrain. The BOA Conda lacing system hugs the ankle to keep your heel locked down and there is enough flex here for a variety of situations. $300

The Ride Cadence is a top-of-the-line boot that can handle the top-of-the-mountain with ease. A BOA Focus closure system and lace guide allow for on-the-fly tension adjustments. Offers the most comfortable and supportive liner as well, the Intuition Mobile liner. Calf Adjustment Tech is specific to ladies for a custom fit in the calf zone. $330

The DC Mora BOA is a high performing boot that just got better for the ’18 year. Out favorite features include the internal ankle harness, EVA memory foam liner with thermal regulating fleece, and the sensitive Unilite outsole. $280

 

  • Flex Rating
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  • Lacing
  • Liner
  • Footbed
  • Outsole
  • 7
  • BOA lacing
  • Intuition Control Foam 3D
  • 3D Formed EVA
  • Vibram Pro-Lite outsole
  • 7
  • BOA lacing
  • Intuition Mobile Foam Liner
  • Multi-density insole w/ added heel support
  • Michelin Summit Outsole
  • 7
  • Dual BOA
  • EVA memory foam, heat-moldable liner
  • Impact S Insole
  • Contact Unilite Outsole

 

Best Snowboard Boot Brands
Adidas Burton DC Shoes Deeluxe Flow
Head K2 Nike Nitro Northwave
Ride Rome Salomon ThirtyTwo Vans