Snowboarders looking for some new boots this year need look no further than this season's six best
An extra cuff of padding around the ankle of the Trident ($400) makes it reassuringly snug. Our freestyle testers found the design a bit stout, but everyone else gave this all-mountain boot top marks for support and comfort. Plus, it's the lightest boot here, making it backcountry friendly, too.
Burton Ion Leather
Thanks to a new seamless liner, the 13th iteration of the Ion ($580) is even more comfortable than last year's model. Burton also trimmed down the shell's profile, which helps reduces toe drag on narrow-waisted boards. Cool: Burton gets the leather from Minnesota-based Redwing Shoes.
The all-mountain Folsom ($300) features the tight fit and stiffness you find in Burton's Ion, with a little more bulk and a much lower price. The key to the locked-in feel is a small zone of patterned silicone, which eliminates heel lift, and two Boa reels that pull the liner and shell tight to the foot.
Our more aggressive big-mountain riders were stoked on the T1's ($300) stiffness in choppy and chewed-up snow, and everybody liked the Vibram soles for traction during icy boot-packs. But larger-footed testers (11 plus) found the T1 a bit bulky. "I kept dragging my toes on traverses," wrote one.
ThirtyTwo's first truly stiff boot, the Prime ($300) was a hit among testers who prefer the microadjustability of traditional laces over the ease of Boa tightening systems. One wrote, "If a lace breaks, it's easy to replace, especially in the backcountry." The other feature riders liked: the heat-moldable Intuition liners.
Vans Revere Boa
The Revere ($260) was the softest boot in the test by a mile; testers loved it for hiking. But what impressed them most about this hybrid all-mountain boot (laces to tighten the shell, a Boa on the cuff to cinch the liner) was how stiff it was—enough to handle boot-packs and big-mountain lines.