The Best Snowboard Boots of 2014

Snowboarders looking for some new boots this year need look no further than this season's six best

Mike Horn
(Inga Hendrickson)
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Snowboarders looking for some new boots this year need look no further than this season's six best

Mike Horn

Ride Trident

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.

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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.

burton ion leather snowboarding boots outside buyers guide winter 2014
(Inga Hendrickson)


Rome Folsom

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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


K2 T1

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.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


ThirtyTwo Prime

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.

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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.

vans revere boa snowboarding snowboards boots outside buyers guide winter 2014
(Inga Hendrickson)

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