If there is any one thing that can make or break your kit, it has to be your boots. For those of us who spend our days and nights lapping a tow rope or hiking a handrail, it’s pertinent to have a set of kicks that are forgiving enough to tweak, yet sturdy enough to handle the constant abuse. Below we’ve compiled snowboarding’s best 2018-2019 offerings when it comes to freestyle boots; pairs that offer up plenty of flexibility while still providing the support and durability your riding demands.


RIDE’s Fuse combines the versatility of a dual Boa system with the style of everyone’s favorite shred crew. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Unique in both functionality and styling, Ride’s Fuse blends tried and true technology with a bit of modern (and Lick the Cat) flair. Featuring an inner liner free of lacing, the Fuse depends on traditional exterior laces and a unique tongue-incorporated Boa system to maintain a snug, solid fit, morning through evening. 

Check out our full Tested + Approved review here.

adidas Tactical ADV

A true freestyle boot, the Tactical ADV from adidas features a medium out-of-the-box flex. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Classic, clean and simple both inside and out. Would you expect anything else from a set of footwear branded with those three stripes? Right out of the box, the adidas Tactical ADV proves to be cushy and comfortable, meaning that the break-in period is short, sweet and welcomingly painless.

Check out our full Tested + Approved review here.

Vans Implant Pro

Utilizing the same clean lines and tech as their skate shoes, the Implant Pro is a piece of classic Vans footwear. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Like any Vans skate shoe, the Implant Pro is a simple and reliable piece of footwear complete with timeless style and functionality. With a rugged sole capable of handling countless days spent digging or hiking, combined with a heat-moldable liner, the Implant Pro proves to be a no-frills boot with top-notch comfort, fit for meeting any freestyle demands.

Check out our full Tested + Approved review here.

Salomon LO-FI

Comfortable and supportive, yet not overbearing, the LO-FI is fit for those who value freestyle-inspired flex. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Salomon’s cult-like footwear following has often cited the boots’ propensity to hug narrow feet and ankles, with a liner that forms well to unique contours. The Lo-Fi perfectly fits this archetype. Combined with a Boa dial, this is a modern, best-of-both-worlds approach to a freestyle boot.

Check out our full Tested + Approved review here.

ThirtyTwo Zephyr

Featuring a soft and even flex without a hint of pressure points, the Zephyr is ready to go right out of the box. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Zephyr is a basic-looking ThirtyTwo boot free of any unnecessary frills or gimmicks – only exactly what you need to get to jibbing and tweaking. If you’re the type of rider who spends day in and day out jibbing through the park, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Zephyr.

Check out our full Tested + Approved review here.

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