Best Freestyle Snowboard Boots

For some, winter means long nights spent indoors by a fire. But others don’t like the idea of spending hours and hours inside. They are looking for something more adventurous. For some, the adventure is taking on a new project, while others dream about snowboarding.

I started snowboarding a few years ago, and I can attest to the thrill of going down a hill. Then there are others who live for landing jumps and sliding down a rail. I have yet to try freestyle, but I can understand the lure of it.

Whether you want to go down a hill or land some jumps, one crucial piece of equipment is the boots. Different types of snowboarding will require different boots. But some boots can be used both in the park and on the mountain.

I want to focus on top Freestyle snowboard boots. So, what are the best freestyle snowboard boots? Below are some of the best Freestyle snowboard boot brands and what to consider when making a purchase.

FREESTYLE

SNOWBOARD BOOTS FOR MEN'S

Salomon Faction Boa

Men's SNOWBOARD BOOT

The Salomon Faction Boot is versatile on a wide range of mountaineering terrain making it one of the best freestyle boa snowboard boots. The main feature is the boa lacing system. No longer will you need to wonder if your boots are still tied when making one of your epic tricks or jumps.

According to the Salomon Snowboard Boot Review, the Salomon Faction will give you the best deal for those concerned with spending too much money on a pair of boots. Let’s look at some of the details and find out for ourselves why the Salomon Faction is one of the best Freestyle snowboarding boots for 2018.

  • Flex: The Salomon Faction is a soft flex boot, meaning it will allow more give on landings and more movement for such things as butters and presses. The soft flex makes the Salomon Faction boot one of the best soft snowboard boots.
  • Grip/Heel hold: I read reviews on the Salomon Faction Boa, and no one was critical for their heel lifting from the board.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: The liner is soft making it great for men with larger calf muscles. The Salomon Faction is the best Freestyle snowboard boot for men with big feet, and the sizing is true to your actual foot size. In other words, if you wear a size 12 shoe, then you will wear a size 12 in the Salmon Faction Boa Boot. One review claimed the Salomon Faction boot was one of the most comfortable snowboarding boots he had ever worn. This boot was also considered one of the warmest snowboarding boots.   
  • Shock Handling: The boots were forgiving on landings.
  • ​Best for: Beginner/Intermediate
  • ​Lacing system​: This boot comes with the boa speed lacing system, meaning there is always the assurance that your boots are tied.
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Thirty-Two Binary Boa

MEN'S SNOWBOARD BOOT

This boot is the double boa version of the lashed boot. According to one Freestyle snowboard boots review, the amazing feature for the ThirtyTwo Binary Boa is the ease and quickness of getting in and of getting out of the boot,  and how it can adjust to a wide range of riding styles.

​The negative is the lack of traction if you happen to walk on an icy area. If you don’t see yourself walking on a sheet of ice, then this is arguably the best double boa freestyle snowboard boots you can get for your money.

  • Flex: This top-rated snowboard boot is an easy medium to medium soft, making it one of the best stiff snowboard boots. The medium flex makes this binary boa snowboard boot one of the best snowboarding boots for expert level snowboarders.
  • Grip/Heal Hold: The double boa system wraps around the ankle, and this allows for a firm hold. The lack of heel lift makes the ThirtyTwo Binary Boa one of the best men’s freestyle snowboarding boots.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: If you have wide feet, then this boot is the comfiest snowboard boot, because adjustments are made separately for the top and bottom portions of the boot.
  • Shock Handling: One reviewer felt the boot was very forgiving when it comes to shock handling. The EVA foam is soft and allows for a few bad landings.
  • ​Best for:​ Intermediate to Expert
  • Lacing System: This boot comes with the double boa system, and some will say that this is the best dual boa snowboard boot for those with wide feet.

Burton Ruler

MEN'S SNOWBOARD BOOT

The Burton Ruler is one of Burton’s freestyle boots. It’s also one of the oldest. This boot is a highly recommended snowboard boot for beginners, or for those who only go snowboarding a few weekends out of the year. The list price is around 200 dollars, making this Freestyle snowboarding boots brand one of the best value snowboard boots for beginners.

The Burton Ruler is one of the best beginner snowboard boots. Some will even go a step further and believe the Burton Ruler is one of the best burton snowboard boots.

  • Flex: The Burton Ruler is considered medium flex. One reviewer called the boots stiff with room to flex.
  • Grip/Heel Hold: No reviewer complained of heel lift.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: The sole went from air to gel, allowing the boot to stay warm in cold weather.  Also, one reviewer believed the Burton boot was one of the lightest snowboard boots you can buy.
  • Shock Handling: One reviewer believed there was great ankle articulation.
  • ​Best for: Beginner
  • ​Lacing System: This great boot comes with quick-pull lacing.

Adidas Samba ADV

MEN'S SNOWBOARD BOOT

According to one of many snowboarding boot reviews, the Adidas Samba ADV is one of the best men’s Freestyle snowboarding boots on the current market. One reviewer commented how the Adidas Samba has a great skate-like feel.

Adidas Samba is one of the best budget snowboard boots. The Adidas Samba is also the best Freestyle snowboard boot for those concerned about needing traction while getting to a car or chairlift.

  • Flex: When the boot is tightened up, then it has more of a medium flex. But if you are losing up the lacing, then the flex changes to more of a softer feel.  
  • Grip/Heel Hold: One reviewer commented on how he felt his ankle move up due to the fuzzy liner. If you don’t want heel lift, then he suggested getting a different Samba liner.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: Overall, the boot was very comfortable for one reviewer, but he felt some pressure on the top of his foot where the tongue meets the boot. The pressure was felt when he flexed his foot forward.  But there was plenty of room for his toes to move around making it a top-rated snowboard boot.
  • Shock Handling: Shock absorption is average. One reviewer commented that the shock absorption was minimal.
  • Best for​: Intermediate/Expert
  • Lacing System: This boot has traditional laces.
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K2 Ender

MEN'S SNOWBOARD BOOT

The K2 Ender is the best Freestyle snowboard boot brand when it comes to warmth. This Freestyle snowboarding boot brand also gives a snug fit with the traditional lacing system. The K2 is the best men’s Freestyle snowboarding boots when it comes to having both comfort and adjustability.

The list price for these bad boys comes to around 330 dollars, meaning it could bust your budget. 

  • Flex: One reviewer commented that the K2 Ender is medium soft and offers good freedom of movement.
  • Grip/Heel Hold: The boa part of the boot allows for a minimal lift of the heel. One reviewer felt the K2 was one of the top Freestyle snowboard boots for those who have problems with keeping their heel on their board..
  • Comfort & Adjustability: One reviewer felt the boot was one of the most comfortable snowboard boots and was very impressed with the warmth. There was a snug fit around the ankle and the back part of the foot. The middle part of the boot widens, allowing for good turning to take place.
  • Shock Handling: The shock absorption is considered average and has more of a skate feel. At the same time, the boot is not terrible when it comes to landings.
  • Best for Intermediate/Expert
  • Lacing System: The K2 is a hybrid between traditional laces and having the boa system. The lacing is slower compared to other boots, but you are almost guaranteed a perfect fit.
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FREESTYLE

SNOWBOARD BOOTS FOR WOMEN'S

Salomon Ivy Boa

women's SNOWBOARD BOOT

Now the focus changes to women’s snowboard boots. According to one of many women’s snowboard boot reviews, the salmon ivy boa was one of the best freestyle boa snowboard boots.

One reviewer felt the Salomon Ivy Boa was great for freestyle jumps, and to use at high speeds.

  • Flex: The Salmon is medium flex. The boot tends to keep its form and can take a long time to soften. One reviewer went on four runs before the boot softened up for her. 
  • Grip/Heel hold: I read reviews on the Salomon Faction Boa, and no one was critical for their heel lifting from the board.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: One felt the Salmon Ivy was one of the best women’s Freestyle boots when it comes to comfort. Her feet stayed warm on even very cold days.
  • Shock Handling: One reviewer commented there was a good amount of shock handling.
  • Best for: Beginner/Expert
  • Lacing system: The Salmon Ivy uses the boa lacing system. 

Thirty-Two Binary Boa

women'S SNOWBOARD BOOT

This boot is one of the best intermediate freestyle snowboard boots with medium flexing, and it uses the double boa lacing system. The binary boa system allows you to adjust the foot and ankle separately, allowing for a snug fit. This Binary Boa is one of the best women’s boa snowboarding boots.

At 250 dollars, this is one of the best freestyle snowboard boots for the money. 

  • Flex: This great pair of boots has medium flexing.
  • Grip/Heel Hold: The double Boa allows for a firm hold around the ankle making it one of the best dual boa snowboarding boots you can buy.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: One reviewer felt the ThirtyTwo was the best snowboarding boots she ever owned. She went on to write that it was the most comfortable women’s snowboarding boots because she finally found a boot that had a snug fit. The Velcro on the tongue is also a great feature because it further prevents the boots from slipping.
  • Shock Handling: These freestyle boots have very good shock absorption and allow for landings without injury.
  • Best for: Intermediate/Expert
  • Lacing System: These freestyle snowboard boots use the double boa lacing system.

Nitro Crown TLS

women's SNOWBOARD BOOT

This versatile boot is one of the best park snowboard boots, but it’s also great for alpine. At less than 200 dollars, the Nitro Crown is also one of the best cheap snowboard boots. Also, the Nitro is one of the best freestyle snowboard boots for 2019.

Also, the Nitro Crown has great traction, allowing you to get around the park or slope without having to think about falling. The interior laces allow you to have a good fit without having to take off your boots. 

  • Flex: The Nitro Crown has medium flexing.
  • Grip/Heel Hold: There’s minimal lift from the board.
  • The laces allow for amazing adjustability. You can keep the lower part loose for freestyle tricks and jumps or tighten everything for speed. Also, the Nitro Crown has rubber impact panels that provide extra traction and durability. 
  • Shock Handling: A dual-density Ortholite footbed provides great cushioning for landings.
  • Best for: Intermediate
  • Lacing System: The Nitro Crown has quick pull lacing.
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ThirtyTwo Lashed

women's SNOWBOARD BOOT

This boot is one of the best beginner snowboard boots for those with medium or large feet. These boots are among the best-rated snowboard boots in the ThirtyTwo family of snowboard boots. According to one website, the ThirtyTwo is one of the best freestyle snowboard boots for 2018.

One reviewer wrote the boots were lightweight, very soft and nice heel support. 

  • Flex: These boots are on the medium side of soft. One reviewer commented that there was enough flex for comfort and yet allows pushing hard into turns.
  • Grip/Heel Hold: One reviewer mentioned she had no heel lift.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: One reviewer called these cool snowboard boots one of the most comfortable snowboard boots. To prove her point, she initially felt the boots were too tight, but after a few runs down a hill, she discovered that the boots molded to her feet, resulting in some amazing comfort.
  • Shock Handling: One of the best women’s Freestyle snowboard boots when it comes to shock absorption.
  • Best forbeginner to expert
  • Lacing System: This boot comes with traditional lacing.

Vans Ferra Boa

women's SNOWBOARD BOOT

The Vans Ferra is one of the best women’s freestyle snowboard boots with its great adjustability and strong heel hold. The boot can be used on a wide variety of terrain thanks to the medium flex.

  • Flex: The Vans Ferra Boa has medium flex.
  • Grip/Heel Hold: One reviewer had problems with her ankles not staying on the board, and she was still looking for her sweet spot with flexibility and no lift.
  • Comfort & Adjustability: There are no pressure points thanks to a linear that wraps around your feet.  One reviewer mentioned how she has been snowboarding for 20 years, and the Vans Ferra Boa boots were the most comfortable boots she had ever experienced.
  • Shock Handling: The Vans Ferra Boa is great for landings due to a V2 UltraCush footbed.
  • Best for Intermediate/Expert
  • Lacing System: These cool snowboard boots come with a hybrid system of lacing.

FREESTYLE SNOWBOARD BOOTS BUYING GUIDE

The end goal is not to buy a good snowboard boot. We shouldn’t settle for mediocrity – not in an age of blogs and social media. Each snowboard boot company will produce something different. But what is the best brand for me?

Some top Freestyle snowboard boots will not work well for everyone. Some boots are more for speed and others more for the park — some for experts and some for beginners.

Snowboard boot ratings have the criteria spelled out in this article. Each criterion, in turn, should be properly evaluated so you can consider the feature you most want in a new pair of snowboarding boots. 

Flex

soft Freestyle snowboarding boots are like obvious choice if you are a beginner.

Comfort over higher speeds for the newbies, meaning the best Freestyle snowboard boots for beginners are the best soft snowboard boots. For example, the Salomon Faction Boa, and Burton Ruler Boots are the one to get if you are a man.

For a woman the best boots to buy, for those who consider themselves beginners, are the Salomon Ivy Boa, and the ThirtyTwo Lashed snowboard boots.

If you are a pro then a stiffer boot is your thing. A stiffer boot allows for more control. Here the best boots to buy would be ThirtyTwo Binary Boa, Adidas Sumba ADV, and K2 Ender.

For a woman, the boots to buy are the ThirtyTwo Binary, Nitro Crown TLS, and the Vans Ferra Boa.

Grip/Heel Hold

Heel hold is also very important thing to consider. Though some may it’s nothing but our suggestion is to keep it under consideration. If this is an issue for you, then some top Freestyle snowboard boot brands to consider for men are the ThirtyTwo Binary Boa, the Burton Ruler and Salomon Faction Boa.

For women, the brands to buy include Salomon Ivy Boa, ThirtyTwo Binary Boa, and ThirtyTwo Lashed. 

Comfort & Adjustability

Who doesn’t want comfort? If comfort and warmth is more your style, then the best snowboarding boots for men are the K2 Ender, Salomon Faction Boa, and ThirtyTwo Binary Boa.

For women, all our selection will surely satisfy your need of comfort. 

Shock Handling

If you want to focus on jumps and landing some epic tricks, then you will want to give shock handling some serious thought. You don’t want to ruin your ankles and knees while performing your favorite trick.

The two great brands to buy are the Salomon Faction Boa and ThirtyTwo Binary Boa.

For women, the brands to get are the Salomon Ivy Boa, ThirtyTwo Binary Boa, and the ThirtyTwo Lashed snowboarding boots.

Lacing System

Over the last few years we have seen many changes on the lacing system. Now we have a boa and double boas, speed zone/quick pull lacing and also hybrid lacing system.

Does it matter? For some, they need the tighter feel of the boa system. Others, like me, are satisfied with traditional laces but are eager to have double BOA boots!!! Snowboarding boot companies make boots having different systems.

If you want to more of a firm hold on your ankle, then consider a boot with a single or double boa system.

For men, those brands include Salomon Faction Boa and the ThirtyTwo Binary Boa. For women, the best boa systems reviewed here are the Salomon Ivy Boa, and the ThirtyTwo Binary Boa. 

Cost

The cost wasn’t a topic to consider in our general discussion, but the cost is an issue for some people. A few of the best brands to buy for a man are Burton Ruler, Adidas Sumba ADV.

For women, the boots were very similar in price, with the most expensive being the Vans Ferra Boa boot. 

Conclusion

We here have tried to cover all that you need to know when buying the best Freestyle snowboard boots. But the end goal is not to buy a good snowboard boot, but rather from a snowboarding boot company that produces a boot that matches your skill level, goals and comfort.

So, take a deep breath, do an objective research and find out the best one that suits you. Let’s rule the mountain.

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