by Stephanie Buelow
ThirtyTwo STW boasts a classic fit and function that has it back on the top boots for this 2019/2020 season. The STW boot uses the boa lock with an independent eyestay help secure the fit. The boa has a limited lifetime warranty but any local shop should be able to help you if there are any issues. The comfort harness design is a velcro adjustable strap that you can crank down on to prevent heel movement. The 3D molded tongue offers an even flex that with the Comfort Fit liners with intuition foam will mold to your foot needs. Thirtytwo has designed this level of comfort to last all season long. The High-density Evolution foam outsoles are lightweight and durable; so go kick rocks and ice chunks out on the hill. These boots are made with all the necessities and will help intermediate riders take it to the next level.
The Burton Limelight BOA is one of the best all mountain snowboard boot for women made with medium flex for a responsive and forgiving feel. This type of flex is great for beginners to intermediate riders. The Boa Coiler closure design locks in your ideal fit and the Lock-up Cuff prevents heel lift. The heel lock is a new, popular boot feature that helps you hit your toe turns and increases your responsiveness. The Imprint 2 liner is a heat-moldable liner for a custom fit. Most ski or board shops will be able to help you heat and mold these even if you buy the boots off the internet and bring them into the store. What makes these Burton boots stand out are both the DynoGRIP outsole that will keep you grounded on icy snow packs and the inside Total Comfort Construction that allows these boots to be comfortable right out of the box.
A regular on any top boot list is the Vans Encore OG. Vans produces an all-mountain boot with a forgiving feel and mid-soft flex. Great for all riding styles and comfort. Using a boa tightening system securing your boots for the day. Vans has the UltraCush on the inside of the boot that is heat moldable with additional padding that cuts chatter. The lining also offers heat retention keeping you comfortable. This heat reflection and focus the importance of liner design is also newer to the design of many top boots, warmer liners keep you riding longer. The Waffle Lugs on the boots soles makes for the best feel and grip stability. Take these big lugs all over snowy and icy terrain. Vans are also known to fit smaller feet sizes well. If shopping locally try on a few boots in different sizes to make sure your getting the right fit as each brand fits differently.
Nitro Crown TLS is a mid-flex, all-mountain, freestyle focused boot. Ideal for riders interested in taking their all mountain riding to the next level. Nitro is known for affordable gear with all the necessities. Nitro Crown has a Twin Speedlacing system that differs slightly from the boa. The Twin Speedlacing is a reliable system that locks your foot from top to bottom focused on two zones. A warm boot with a custom thermo-moldable liner, Cloud 6. A liner lacing system helps wrap the liner around your foot. This liner lacing system acts as an internal harness that prevents heel lift with a women’s specific fit footbed that absorb impacts or chatter. As needed the outer sole is extra gripy for the best traction on snow packs and icy terrain. With a great price point this is a boot for all levels.
The Lashed boot is offered in a tradional laces or the popular dual BOA system separately securing your ankle and foot with micro-adjustability. The liner’s internal harness is flexible and adjusts the liner for maximum comfort and feeling. The Evolution Foam outsole reduces shock and chatter for ice and jumps. A strong team of internal haresses and a 3D molded tongue create an ergonomic fit with even flex. The customizable heel hold kit forms your ideal heel hold. The heel hold is meant to make you a better rider by keeping your entire foot engaged and increasing the responsiveness between your foot, binding and board. The Lashed boot also has a fleece collar for comfort with an articulated cuff for function. The articulated cuff helps with walking and natural movements. A great boot for all ability levels. Check out the B4BC version of this boot!
The Burton Felix is back on the top list. The Felix is a medium flex boot with quick twist boa closure system. At a 6 out of 10 the boot stiffness impacts responsiveness, feeling on the board and comfort. The Felix is designed with TrueFit which Burton designed to fit women specifically for all aspects of their riding from boot to board. The Snow-Proof Internal Gusset design on all Burton boots seals off your lower foot area keeping you extra warm and dry. The Imprint 3 liners offer a heat-reflective technology underfoot and are made from a moisture-wicking material to help increase your comfort for longer days on the slope. The Felix boot cuffs sit higher on the ankle for a quicker response.These boots were designed to efficiently transfer energy from your boots to your bindings with a medium flex and specific fit. The Burton Felix also boasts the Total Comfort Construction straight out of the box comfort. Keeping you grounded with outsoles of DynoBITE EST and ReBounce cushioning from recycled rubber to cut back chatter and power through powder turns. This boot is a beast in features and a great option for intermediate to advanced riders.