Top Snowboard Boots For 2012/2013

Okay, we did top snowboard bindings last time and I had a couple requests to do boot recommendations next, so today let’s go over the top snowboard boots.

This is actually going to be really easy. Unlike bindings and other snowboard equipment, there are no top snowboard boots that will work for most people. In fact, I’ll basically never recommend a specific snowboard boot for anyone. Ever.

At most, I’ll recommend certain brands that make boots in certain widths (eg – Nike make narrow boots, Celsius make wide boots).

So unfortunately, I can’t actually save you the effort of trying them on in the store (as much as I’d like to save you time). There simply isn’t a top snowboard boot I can recommend for everyone.

Why isn’t there a top snowboard boot?

The best boots for you are the ones that fit your feet the best. Period. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Everyone’s feet are shaped differently and no one can know what boot will fit your feet the best except you.

The most durable and well built snowboard boots ever won’t mean anything if your feet hurt when you put it on your feet. Fit beats everything when it comes to snowboard boots.

I could suggest my top snowboard boots, the Celsius Cirrus, but that’s pointless because your feet won’t be exactly the same as mine. What’s good for me could be horrible and painful for you because your feet will be different from mine.

If someone says they know exactly which boot brand and model is perfect for you without you trying it on first, they’re either the greatest bootfitter ever, or lying.

Even good bootfitters can only give educated boot recommendations after examining your feet and even then you’ll still have to try on the snowboard boots to check the fit/make adjustments.

Repeat after me: There are no top snowboard boots – only the boot that fits your feet. The only way to know what will fit you is to try it on yourself and find out.

- Jed

ps – If you haven’t already, grab my snowboard gear guide because I wrote an entire section on buying snowboards boots in the guide. I don’t want to get into ‘how to buy boots’ in this blog because I’d literally be repeating everything I’ve already covered.

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Comments

  1. Hey Jed,

    I understand they need to be comfortable. But is there a difference regarding how stiff the boot is?

    I think I read somewhere stiffness depends on the type of rider you are. Any adice would be great. Thanks!

    • In general, a little flex is nice for riding things like rails and boxes while freeriders tend to prefer very stiff boots for performance.

      However, it’s totally up to the rider. Personally I find really soft boots to be junk because they break down too fast. Too soft doesn’t give you support and you have to replace them earlier because they’ll turn to mush quickly, but I guess if some people like super soft boots and don’t mind having to replace them quicker then that’s their choice.

      Stiff boots all get more and more flexible as they wear down, so a stiff boot can actually end up with the same stiffness as a soft boot if you use them long enough. Personally I tend to stick to mid stiff and up when it comes to buying boots, but that’s my preference.

  2. Hey Jed,

    I understand they need to be comfortable. But is there a difference regarding how stiff the boot is?

    I think I read somewhere stiffness depends on the type of rider you are. Any adice would be great. Thanks!

  3. its all about your flex and weight. you wanna stay lighter and flex.

    • Honestly I’ve found that the most lightweight, super flexible boots aren’t really a good thing.

      I don’t want to name names, but some companies in the past have made super lightweight boots that ended up breaking down way too fast and not being worth buying.

      Also, too much flex is bad because it doesn’t protect your ankles if the boots flex a lot. Not to mention a stiff boot will become a flexible boot with time, but a flexible boot will just end up turning to mush way quicker than a stiffer boot.

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