The Best Women's Snowboard Boots of 2013

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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

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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.

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