Women's gear, up first
Ride Sash Boa Coiler Snowboard Boots
“Like riding in slippers with support,” one tester said. The Sash is extra comfy thanks to the women-specific calf, soft flex, and low weight (it was noticeably lighter than other test boots). All of that adds up to a stellar park boot—or your go-to for backcountry tours. Nubby tread gripped ice patches, but you might want something stiffer when descending serious steeps.
Vans Ferra Snowboard Boots
The main reason we loved the Ferras: the triple-lacing system (Boa, traditional laces, and an internal fastener) kept us locked in all day. The low-profile, skate-shoe look scored compliments from onlookers, while the supportive insole nabbed thumbs-ups from high-arched testers. Bummer: the sole was too slick for hike-to terrain.