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.
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.
adidas Tactical ADV
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.
Vans Implant Pro
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.
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.
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.