K2 Haven Snowboard Boots Review

March 16, 2016
K2 Haven Snowboard Boots
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Fit / Comfort
8
Cushioning
7
Responsiveness
4
Walkability
7
Lacing System
8

The Good

  • Versatile for variety of terrain
  • Super fast on/off
  • Comfortable out of the box
  • Good walkability
  • Cozy faux-fur cuffs

The Bad

  • Limited adjustment
  • Some heel lift
  • Less responsive on steep terrain
  • Material prone to abrasion
THE VERDICT

This simple, high-value boot is a perfect entry-level option for relatively new riders, yet it’s got enough spunk in it for women of all skill levels and terrain preferences. Its medium flex is perfect for groomers, pow and even a little play in the terrain park. You’ll never find an easier boot to get in and out of either. Its major downside for some riders will be its lack of dual-zone lacing adjustments. We didn’t have a long enough testing window to comment on long-term durability, but after just a few weeks or riding, we did notice some minor abrasion and fraying seams at contact points with the bindings.

FULL REVIEW

Fit/Comfort 
Out of the box, this one’s a winner. The custom-moldable foam liner, complete with faux-fur-lined cuffs, feels super plush—cozy, warm, forgiving on the ankles. There’s also plenty of space in the toebox without being sloppy. For a boot lacking individual dual-zone adjustments, the fit doesn’t suffer much; there are no pressure points on the instep or ankles, even when you’ve cranked down super hard on the single Boa.

Cushioning
The Haven is a relatively soft boot with plenty of cush underfoot for riding all day. If you spend a lot of time in the park, the shock absorption is on par with comparable all-mountain boots—nothing outstanding, but certainly enough to get the job done and leave your feet in good shape by the end of the day.

Responsiveness
The Haven’s overall softness and lack of a secondary Boa coil or other lacing system to separately snug down the instep can leave it a touch too flexible at times. While this boot performs exceptionally well on groomers, mild slopes and light powder, its responsiveness suffers some on steeper terrain, in deep powder, or while initiating tight turns in the trees.

Walkability
Because this is a comfortable boot overall without too much aggressive forward lean, it makes for easy walking when you’re on your way to or from the slopes. The tread underfoot performs admirably, even in icy parking lots or skating off the lift. It lends plenty of confidence on hike-to terrain as well.

Lacing System
If you ever need to win a contest in speediest donning and/or removal of snowboard boots, the K2 Haven is your ticket to success. With just a single Boa coil to adjust the outer laces and an easy pull-tab speedlace securing the liner, nothing could be simpler—even with frozen fingers or while wearing bulky snow gloves. The only downside of the single Boa is that there’s no way to individually adjust the upper and lower zones, limiting the customizability of the boot’s fit and leading to a bit more heel lift than in comparable models.

 


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