Adidas Samba

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If you’re looking for skate feel with aesthetics to match, the adidas Samba should land atop your list and ultimately under your foot. The outer styling is pulled directly from the shoe of its namesake, and the boot couldn’t look better. Both the outer and inner lacing is traditional as it comes. You wouldn’t want a fancy cable system on your skate shoes, would you?

A heat-moldable liner is reinforced with ankle support, and the 3D-molded tongue envelops the leg, offering substantial support and response on toe-side turns, something this boot does better than most—surprising, given its shoe-like flex with a sole that feels almost as ready to crack a kickflip as slash a windlip. The Samba’s above-average board feel comes at a cost, however. Chop, chatter, and hard landings were more noticeable in this boot than in cushier counterparts. But if you seek a collegial connection with your board, the Samba is perfect.

Bottom line: After a day of hitting the park, it’s obvious the playfully responsive Samba is for the rider who wants a forgiving, skate-inspired fit and styling.

Price: $250.00
Brand Name

Adidas

Product Type

Boots

Style

Freestyle Boots

Gender

Mens

Manufacturers URL

http://www.adidas.com/snowboarding

Rad-Bad

RAD: Skate-inspired performance with classic adidas style. BAD: A lack of dampening can mean a harsh ride at times.

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

Yes

Good Wood

No

Bang For Your Buck

No

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2017

Gallery ID

1000303779

RAD: Skate-inspired performance with classic adidas style. BAD: A lack of dampening can mean a harsh ride at times.

Tested And Approved 2017 Presented by evo.com

Best snowboard gear of 2016-2017? We've got you covered. Going into winter, we want to know what gear can be trusted when put through the wringer. But testing over 500 boots, bindings, goggles, gloves, helmets, splitboards and powder boards, and other backcountry gear and accessories in every snowy corner of the country was a massive undertaking that the TransWorld staff couldn't handle alone. So we sent the latest developments in snowboarding goods to our team of testers spread across the country. With so many unique features in the lineup and different opinions from each tester—both compliments and complaints—there was plenty worth discussing. Some gear broke. Other pieces spoke volumes to functionality and durability. So here you have it: the most inclusive, all-encompassing gear test in snowboarding. If it's in here, it's been beat up and bent every which way – and tested, and approved.

Meet Our Testers:

Adam Broderick

As Gear Editor at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Broderick spent last season directing tests around the country when he wasn't testing gear himself. He administered the Good Wood board test, powder board test, and backcountry test, while leading the glove test and coordinating the others, plus editing all Gear Guide text. He is the point of contact for all things gear-related at TWSNOW.

Mike Horn

Mike Horn's first backcountry pack had bungee cords for snowboard straps. That's a far cry from the innovative gear he tested in his Crested Butte backyard this winter. Mike's been writing about snowboarding for a decade-plus, and he tends to get crusty when reviewing gear that's not quite up to snuff.

Devin Silverthorne-Lillie

A New Hampshire transplant, Devin's Ice Coast roots provide superior edge awareness, and with Breckenridge's Park Lane in her backyard, she practically falls from bed to her board. She put freestyle bindings on trial in and out of bounds—from frozen mornings to spring slush, backyard rail jams to sidecountry booter sessions.

Billy Brown

Billy Brown covered new tech for this year's guide. The California native grew up riding the terrain parks in South Lake Tahoe, but for the past few years his career as a freelance editor has allowed him to snowboard around the world—from heliboarding in Whistler to riding post-storm powder in Valle Nevado, Chile.

Alex Showerman

A freelance writer based in Vermont, Alex took his powder hunt on the road last winter. He schlepped freeride boots, backcountry boots—and enough shells, puffies, and base layers to open a small gear store—around the globe in search of snow in locales like Vermont, Wyoming, Colorado, and Iceland.

Morgan Tilton

Reared in the San Juans of Southwest Colorado, as soon as Morgan could walk her dad strapped her in, and Telluride Ski Resort became her babysitter. Over the past 13 years, snowboarding has taken her through Wolf Creek's whimsical powder days, USASA Slopestyle Nationals, and the cliff-riddled backcountry of Colorado and Wyoming.

Heather Hendricks

From the jagged peaks of Jackson Hole and the Canadian Rockies to the overt opulence of Aspen, the steeps of Alaska, and the striking faces of the La Sals, our contributing editor spent the season traveling to summits near and far. Heather toted along a bin full of boots and tested them all along the way.

Chris Brunstetter

From loitering shop kid to 22-year industry insider, Chris has spent most of his life in the snow and skate industries in Utah, even experiencing firsthand the rise and fall (and second rise and fall) of Forum. He tested freestyle boots and bindings in the man-made and natural parks at Brighton, Snowbird, and Jackson Hole.