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How to Choose Your Snowboard Boots

Find out what to look out for when you're on the browse for your next snowboarding boots; from comfort and protection to temperature regulation and more.

The most important thing to look out for when looking for your next pair of snowboard boots is that they're able to support your foot securely without sacrificing comfort. These should also suit your skill level and the type of snowboarding you do. Before you hit ‘add to bag’, take a look at our guide to choosing the right snowboard boots for you.

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To make choosing the right snowboard boots even easier, we’ve honed in on the three critical criteria: your skill level, your shoe size, and the fastening system – there are quite a lot of options for the latter, so it’s worth getting a better understanding of how each one differs.

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1. Your Skill Level

Boots for Intermediate Riders
You may not be a beginner, but you are still learning and working out a few things, so it’s best to opt for snowboard boots that are flexible and comfortable.

Boots for Advanced Riders
Advanced snowboarders will likely need good support and boots that balance precision with speed.

Boots for Expert Riders
Look for snowboard boots with plenty of support and stiffness, and make sure they’re suited to the terrain you ride on.

Speed and freeride = rigid flex

Park and jumps
= medium flex

2. Your Size

Snowboard boots either come in EU sizes (41, 42, etc.) or Mondopoint (cm). Use our conversion table to find the size you need:

Snowboard boots size chart for juniors, women and men.

3. Fastening System

There are several different types of fastening systems offering different advantages. Find a brief breakdown of the most common systems below.

Fast lock: Quick and easy to adjust – just pull and lock and you’re good to go.

Boa: A very powerful system with a cable and wheel.

Boa coiler: A very quick and powerful system with a cable and wheel with a winder.

Zone lock: This fastening focuses on individual zones for improved power and precision.

Cable Lock: Powerful and very secure, this fastening system comprises a cable, wheel, and tibia rip-tab.

Separate fastenings: Some snowboard boots have separate fastenings, i.e. the upper part and lower part of the boot can be tightened separately for greater precision. Tightening the upper section gives the boot more rigidity to the boot, and tightening the bottom ensures greater support. Of course, this also means making your boots a little looser to enhance comfort.

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The right snowboard boots that fit right and stay comfortable over hours of wear is the deciding to enjoy an amazing day on the mountain. Browse the Decathlon range and find your fit in style, fit and protection.

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