The Best Snowboard Boots for 2013
If you are planning to head to the slopes on a snowboarding holiday this year, it’s vital that you have the correct gear so that you can really get the most out of your trip. As a result, it’s best to check all of your equipment before you set off on your adventure and determine if you need to get hold of anything new.
For first-timers, you will need to make sure you get yourself a decent pair of snowboard boots and for regular boarders, you will need to make sure your current boots haven’t suffered any wear and tear. In both cases, if you are looking to buy then here are the best picks for 2013.
ThirtyTwo – TM – Two
Offering great value for money, ThirtyTwo TM-Two includes heat moldable liners, enabling you to get the exact fit for your feet. In addition to this, ThirtyTwo has worked on their supportive footbed technology, giving you extreme comfort, cushioning and warmth. If that wasn’t enough, they are also one of the lightest boots in the industry and feature evolution foam outsoles, as well as an inner lacing system to reduce heel-lift when you jump. Every boot by this company has something different to offer, but the TM-Two is definitely one for 2013.
Ride – Hi-Phy
Winner of Gear of the Day in Snowboarder Magazine 2013, Ride’s Hi-Phy snowboard boots are perfect for intermediate to advanced boarders. With a flex rating of seven (one being the softest and ten being the stiffest), they aren’t as firm as the K2s, featured below, and will feel a little looser when riding on the snow. If this suits your style and preference then it’s a great boot to go for. The intuition mobile foam liner offers you layers of dual-density foam which gives you freedom to move and additional protection on impact too. Those who suffer from smelly feet are also in luck; the aegis antimicrobial coating will draw away any moisture from the foot and make it bacteria free and odourless too.
K2 – Thraxis Triple Boa
The K2 Thraxis Triple Boa are priced at the high end, but there is a good reason for this. The K2 Thraxis is perfect for those that want it all – performance, comfort and great style combined. This specific design is one of the front-runners of K2’s snowboard boot range and features the latest technology from the American company. With a flex rating of nine, these boots are firm and will provide you with extreme comfort and durability for the bigger jumps and runs.
What’s more, the exterior provides additional comfort alongside a tough boot designed for the serious rider. The dialled high end means that you can find a balance between comfort and movability whilst on your snowboard too. The K2 Thraxis is a great boot for those who are frequent and advanced snowboarders.
The DC Phase is a simple boot and ideal for those at a beginner or intermediate level. These boots are lightweight and comfortable, combined with a classic and simplistic style. Their flex rating is five, so if you want a mid-range design which can adapt to all elements of the hills and runs, this isn’t a bad choice at all.
There are so many snowboard boots on the market, but the ones mentioned above are just some to look out for if you need to purchase a new pair in 2013.
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