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The 10 Best Men’s Snowboard Boots of 2021-2022

Whether you’re looking to set the bootpack at Mt. Baker this winter, hike a rail in the park, or lay into some serious carves, we’ve got you covered with 2022’s list of the best men’s snowboard boots. This all-important footwear can get a bit overlooked when compared to flashy new boards and carbon-infused bindings, but your boots can truly make or break a day on hill. These technological wonders lie at the transition between softgoods and hardgoods. They need to be supple enough to offer all-day comfort, but burly enough to transfer power to snow. Oh, and you want to stay warm and dry too! 

We’ve comprised a list of 10 boots from some of the best snowboard boot brands, ranging from pro-level pow hunters to more entry-level park destroyers. As usual, there are a plethora of lacing systems that use a combination of Boa systems, traditional laces, straps, and even zippers! We’ve also got Intuition liners, Thinsulate-infused insulation, and faux-fur on these puppies, not to mention the wide range of sole constructions and materials. Each brand has its own set of proprietary tech features and terminology, so we’re going to cut through some of that to get to the nitty-gritty of what type of rider and terrain each of these snowboard boots are best for.

Though the tech is at an all-time high for 2022, the look of this crop of boots is generally more understated. Almost every boot here comes in at least one black colorway. Tans, taupes, and browns seem to be popular as well. If you’re looking for flair, you can find that in subtle hits on certain models. This trend strikes us as just right though. After the wildness of the last few years, it's time to lace up, drop in, and leave your worries in the parking lot. Alas, the 10 best men's snowboard boots for 2022:


DC Judge Boa

The best men's snowboard boots of 2021-2022
 

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but what about a boot? We haven’t technically put our toes in the 2022 DC Judge Boa Boots, but they do look pretty freaking sweet. Faux fur in the liners, Vibram soles, double boa lacing system, and ventilation!? Yes, please!

As lux as they look, the Judges also hit a really nice price point; giving you top-of-the-line features without breaking the bank. Striking a balance between medium-flexing and stiff, these boots would suit a park rider or freestyle-leaning freerider, or someone who just wants something with a little extra support. If you get cold feet, the Judges can help in that department as well. They feature DC’s top-level liner utilizing that faux fur we mentioned above, 3M Thinsulate material in the forefoot, and Aerotech ventilation to keep your dogs dry and warm.

Once your feet are warm and supported inside these double boa hogs, you’re gonna wanna start stomping some landings. The 100% recycled EVA footbeds with amped-up arch support combined with burly Vibram outsoles mean you’ll be sending from when the lifts start spinning to when ski patrol is kicking you off the hill. And if you’re headed out for a little après-ski festivities, we think the tan and white colorways have just the right amount of flair. Go hard all day and all night in the DC Judge Boa Snowboard Boots in 2022!

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaStiff$329.95

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K2 Orton

The best 2022 men's snowboard boots
 
 

Black, olive, and tan, with subtle bright yellow details, and a speckled Vibram sole. The K2 Orton Snowboard Boots are some of the best-looking boots we’ve seen in a while. If multi-colored isn’t your thing, they come in all black as well. Whichever colorway you choose, you’re getting one badass boot to adorn your feet this winter.

Featuring a double boa lacing system and an 8 out of 10 stiffness rating, you're going to be locked-in and loaded to stomp! The Ortons are meant for serious lines, hard carving, and big air, but of course, they’re comfy too. The Intuition Pro Foam 3D Liner with SpaceHeater is the perfect blend of comfort, support, and insulation. The Vibram V5 sole provides grip on the boot, but K2 also threw in some of their famous Harshmellow material to soften landings and cut down on fatigue. Built with Endo 2.0 construction, the Ortons have a smooth and consistent flex, which is going to last season after season on the slopes.

If all the above info isn’t enough to convince you, you should know that these boots were developed and ridden by video-part megastar and slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg. He put these things through the wringer, and they held up to the biggest jumps and lines on the planet, literally. For an aggressive freestyle/freeride rider, you can’t go wrong with the K2 Orton Snowboard Boots.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaStiff$399.95

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K2 Maysis

Best 2021-2022 Men's Snowboard Boots
 
 

The K2 Maysis Snowboard Boots are the best-selling boots in the world for a reason. They've got a super smooth flex that's just on the al dente side of medium, backed up by a double reel Boa system. The Intuition Control liner is super comfy and has a precision fit, and the whole boot is made with K2's top of the line Endo 2.0 construction. It's like an All-Star team of boot components. Each piece has been hand selected for quality and mass appeal, and integrated with perfection into a true masterpiece of bootsmanship.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaStiff$329.95

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Ride Lasso Pro

The best men's snowboard boots
 
 

Are you looking to wrangle a burly line in the backcountry, or to tame a wild drop you’ve been eyeing from the lift? Or maybe you love icy super-pipes, massive park booters, and rock-hard groomers. If so, you might want to lace up the Ride Lasso Pro Snowboard Boots and capture your boarding dreams, Yeehaw!

The Lasso Pros are a stiff boot with a double boa lacing system. Featuring a rubber toe cap, the Michelin Summit Sole, and HDR Premium Synthetic materials to cut down on wear and tear, these boots are built to last multiple seasons, AND to take whatever you throw at them from day 1. They’re also super low-profile, so if you’ve got big feet, listen up. 1 to 1 lasting means the boots are produced in true half-sizes, and Ride’s IN2GRATED Construction makes for what they claim is the lightest weight and shortest length boots on the market. Less is more when it comes to boots, so how about less smell?! The Lasso Pros feature Black Gold Liner Mesh, a bamboo, and charcoal-infused material which naturally fights odor and keeps in warmth. For a boot meant to last so long, this is a must-have.

These boots come in gray and black, that’s it, which makes sense because they mean serious business on snow. The price point is at the upper end of our list, but we’re betting most riders can get at least a few seasons out of these, rather than re-upping every year or two.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaStiff$399.95

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Burton Tourist

The best 2021-2022 men's snowboard boots
 
 

Riders looking for a hassle-free experience on splitboard tours should take a serious look at the Burton Tourist Snowboard Boots. They deliver an ultra-smooth skin up with improved negative flex and impressive traction in sketchy zones thanks to the Rubber Ice Spikes. A full-custom Life Liner provides top-notch cushioning so you can bet your apres-beer you'll be ready to ride the next day. Tour-specific features and the time-tested comfort of Burton's boot construction makes the Burton Tourist Snowboard Boots quite the catch for determined splitters.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
Quick-PullStiff$499.95

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Ride Insano

The best 2021-2022 men's snowboard boots
 

It's hardly crazy to want a burly boot you can totally trust when your riding style is full-charge, full-time. The Ride Insano Snowboard Boots are as burly as they get. This stout boot features a fiber-reinforced tongue for a flex that cranks all the way up, a new Boa® H4 Focus closure system, and a grippier Michelin® Traverse Outsole for hitting your favorite bootpack.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaVery Stiff$429.95

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K2 Holgate

Best 2022 mens snowboard boots

The K2 Holgate Snowboard Boots set you up for success with a responsive flex, rubber reinforced uppers, and a super secure three-part Boa system. Featuring the same basic amenities as the Thraxis, the more tweak-friendly Holgate finds itself more at home in mellower environments like groomers and the park, while maintaining the power needed to nail those big lines.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaStiff$339.95

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DC Control Boa

Best 2022 mens snowboard boots
 

Perhaps the most versatile boot in the DC lineup, the DC Control Boa Snowboard Boots are the ultimate top-to-bottom performer. Their medium flex has just enough support to sustain high speed lines and pow, with the give and tweakbility you need for side hits and the terrain park. They're ease-of-use is off the charts too - a dual Boa closure and skate-style outsole make them the boot of choice for riders shredding the full mountain landscape.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaMedium$269.95

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Salomon Launch Boa SJ

The best 2021-2022 men's snowboard boots
 
 

Once you get your hands on the Salomon Launch Boa SJ Snowboard Boots you’re going to want to hold on tight. If your friends don’t swipe them when you’re not looking, they might just float away. Utilizing Solomon’s proprietary Feather Outsole, minimalist stylings, and a reduced overall footprint, these boots are some of the lightest on the market. 

The Launch Boas are a medium-flexing, freestyle-focused boot. Park and pipe riders who want just the right amount of support, a perfect fit, and minimal swing weight will love these boots. They’re also wildly comfortable. Featuring heat moldable liners and a dual-density Ortholite C2 Footbed, long days on hill and harsh landings don’t stand a chance. And then there’s the fit, which is where these boots really shine. Once your feet slide into those cush liners, they’re held in place by a double Boa system. The Boa STR8JKT is an inner heel harness that keeps your heels locked down no matter how hard you’re chucking, and the Heel Grip Zone in the liners helps in this department as well.   

Though the Salomon Launch Boa SJ Boots are marketed to park and pipe riders, we think they could work great for anyone who likes a medium-flexing boot. Big-footed riders should be hyped on that reduced footbed and minimally-featured silhouette. And coming in at just under $300 a pair, these kicks leave some cash in the bank if you’re upgrading other pieces of your kit too.

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
BoaMedium$299.95

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thirtytwo Light x Santa Cruz

Best 2022 mens snowboard boots

Are you exhausted by all the endless tech-talk, novel lacing systems, and oftentimes high price tags on modern-day boots? Do you want to pare down, hike a rail, and save some bucks while you’re at it? If so, the thirtytwo Light x Santa Cruz Snowboard Boots are your ticket. Designed for and tested by the legendary JP Walker, these boots are streamlined, park-focused, and super-lightweight.

Coming in at a 4 out of 10 on the stiffness scale, these are going to be perfect for park-focused riders or beginners looking for a forgiving feel. They still have thirtytwo’s famous fit and comfort, but without a whole bunch of bells and whistles. 1 to 1 lastings mean there won’t be any slop in the half-sizes. Traditional laces with an internal harness system lock your feet in and cut down on boa-bulk, and thirtytwo’s comfort liner gets the job done on the inside. Plus you don’t have to worry about a boa blowing out mid-day and being out of luck. Throw an extra pair of laces in your bag and you’ve got a cheap insurance policy for all-day sessions in the street, the park, or holding rope in the midwest!

Now for just under $220, we can understand how people might be a bit skeptical, but if these are good enough for The Don, then they’ll definitely work for you! Maybe they’ll break in a bit quicker, or you’ll have to re-up a bit sooner than a higher-end boot, but you’ll get instant board-feel right out of the box with these boots. If you want to hit the park running this season then the thirtytwo Light x Santa Cruz Snowboard boots are the way to go.
 

Lacing SystemFlex Original Price
TraditionalMedium$219.95

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