The Best Women's Snowboard Boots

 

 

Our favorite women’s snowboard boot is the Ride Hera. It is a highly versatile boot for all-mountain riding and has enough flexibility to feel playful, and it has a dual Boa system for a custom, secure fit. We also liked the low-profile and close-to-the-board feel.

We most recently tested women’s snowboard boots in the 2015-2016 winter at Telluride Mountain in Colorado. We tried each pair in untracked powder, on freshly groomed corduroy, and in the park.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Burton Photon Boa
94
Best in Class
2016
Fit/Comfort 9
Weight/Response 8
Durability 9
Versatility 9
Traction 9

Double boa makes lacing quick and simple

Vibram sole has good traction and is built with partially recycled material

Clean design

Careful with that boa—it’s easy to crank it down too much

Narrow toebox—not a good option for wide feet

MSRP
$369.95
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K2 Maysis
93
Fit/Comfort 10
Weight/Response 8
Durability 8
Versatility 8
Traction 9

Good value

A great balance of tech and user-friendliness

Boa is tough to play with underneath snowboard pants.

Boa can loosen

MSRP
$279.95
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Ride Lasso
90
Fit/Comfort 7
Weight/Response 9
Durability 8
Versatility 8
Traction 8

All mountain performance

Boa enables solid fit

Heat moldable liner

The laces on the liner can snag on the buckle

The sole is stiffer than most

MSRP
$289.99
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Vans Implant
89
Fit/Comfort 7
Weight/Response 7
Durability 9
Versatility 8
Traction 8

A balance of new technology and old

Lean and clean aesthetic

Cork insole

Laces, especially on the rear foot eventually have to be replaced

Takes a little longer than most to dial in fit

Tough to get the top section of the boot snug

MSRP
$239.95
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The Best Women's Snowboard Boots for You

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If you are shopping for snowboard boots, the first aspect you should consider is fit. No matter how flashy, highly-reviewed, or expensive a pair of boots is, they need to fit your fit for you to comfortably ride all day. Choose a brand that works well with your feet, whether they are short and wide, long and narrow, or if you have a tiny heel compared to your forefoot.

After fit, consider the flex and responsiveness of the boots. Most manufacturers provide a flex rating of some kind, but these ratings are not consistent over brands, so try on different brands. In general, the stiffer a boot, the more responsive it is, which is better for high-speed, precise turns and big mountain riding. Softer boots are generally preferred by park riders who demand a little more flexibility for hitting features. Riders who want to do a little bit of everything – which is most riders – will likely want a medium flex to get them through fluffy powder, down icy groomers and flying over jumps.

Lastly, consider the lace system. Do you want traditional laces, speed laces, or a Boa system? Traditional laces can achieve the perfect fit, but only after some fussing. Speed laces are easy to use but we often find the fit doesn’t feel as secure as it could. They also tend to slip more often. We like the tightening dials of the Boa system, but we definitely prefer when there are two Boa knobs for adjustment around both the instep and around the upper cuff. This is definitely the easiest lace system to micro adjust throughout the day as well.