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The 12 Best Snowboard Step On Bindings & Boots of 2020-2021

We’ve all watched and enjoyed our fair share of stereotypical ’80s and ‘90’s ski movies. They all follow a similar plotline, pitting the preppy skiers against the goofy upstart snowboarders. Thankfully in the real world, both sides have put aside their differences and now shred the mountains together in peaceful unison. Except there is one friction point all boarders still experience when riding with their skier friends. We still get constantly badgered while strapping in at the top of the run no matter how fast or efficient we are at it.

Back in the day when skiers and snowboarders were supposedly raging against each other, a solution existed: step in bindings and boots. Unfortunately, these products were plagued by being very uncomfortable as well as lacking the levels of control and security we would like to have on the slopes. The designs ran their course and were gradually discontinued leaving snowboarders with only the choice of traditional bindings that still required some form of strapping in. Luckily, several snowboard brands never gave up hope and continued to dial in new and improved systems for years in secret before releasing them back to the public.

Now there is a rapidly expanding segment of greatly improved strapless snowboard bindings along with comfortable step on boots to accompany them. The new designs have addressed all of the issues faced by the old bindings and boots and now feature high levels of reliability and board control, all while taking ease of use to new levels. Gone are the days of sitting down in cold and wet snow to strap in. Hop off the lift, pop your foot in, and cruise on with us through the best snowboard step on bindings and boots of the year.


Burton Step On Snowboard Bindings

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

Burton brings us the bindings that have jump-started the new strap-free revolution. Their Step On snowboard bindings are offered in both a men’s and women’s model and give one of the most simple and straightforward ways to secure your Step On boots into the bindings for added shred time. As the name implies getting in them is as simple as stepping down on the binding to secure attachment points at the heel and on either side of the toe. Getting out is just as straightforward using a simple lever that is secure when you need it to be, and easy to operate when the time comes.

The bindings come with a medium flex that is ready to perform in any type of riding you throw at them, from park to powder and everything in between. With the attachment points in a different location than standard bindings, control and drive are now even more responsive. Similar to other Burton snowboard bindings these also feature Re:Flex which allows the board to flex more naturally underfoot, improving board feel and comfort. Full footbed cushioning maximizes comfort while minimizing foot fatigue. To top it all off the bindings utilize re-ground materials to reduce waste, going in line with Burton’s ever-increasing sustainability initiative. No straps, no worries, all good times.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnMedium$269.95

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K2 Clicker X HB Snowboard Bindings

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

K2 Snowboarding is no stranger to the strapless binding segment, as they have offered their long-standing Clicker step in snowboard bindings for years. However, they have now brought the next evolution of the lineup to the table with their Clicker X offering. The new K2 Clicker X HB Snowboard Bindings utilize a toe and heel mount, add in a supportive nylon highback, and 3° canted footbeds to ensure maximum control and comfort from first to last chair.

The toe and heel metal mount points aid in quick edge-to-edge response without the worry of extra cranking down on straps creating instep crushing pressure points. An adjustable aluminum heelcup helps to perfectly center your boots on the board which further adds to perfect toe to heel responsiveness. The canted footbeds improve control, ollie, and pop while reducing leg fatigue. Don’t fiddle with straps any longer or dwell on past designs. Step in to the bindings of the future and point that nose downslope.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
K2 Clicker X HBMedium$259.95

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Burton Ion Step On

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

You can expect top of the line features, luxury, and performance from the second you hop into a pair of the Burton Ion Step On snowboard boots. The stiffest boot in Burton’s Step On line, it features their legendary and proven Life Liner. Many snowboard gear heads drool over this liner for good reason. It provides maximum heat moldability, and a responsive PU tongue construction to both add springiness to your riding, as well as prevent the liner from breaking down over time.

The boot has a unique lacing system with Speed Zone Lacing made from lifetime guaranteed New England Ropes for quick adjustment of the upper and lower zone. In addition, it has a BOA wrapped around the mid boot to give added adjustability for those in search of that ever-elusive perfect heel hold as well as a bit of the normal binding strap feel you may feel naked without. If you are constantly challenging yourself on the mountain, the Burton Ion Step On has a long list of top features that will be there for you every turn, making it one of the best Step On snowboard boots for advanced riders.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnStiff$529.95

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Burton Photon Step On

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

The word Photon conjures up thoughts of futuristic space gadgets, and the Burton Photon Step On Snowboard Boots do bring an element of future to the mountain. They feature a stiffer flex for more aggressive riders looking to maintain riding control no matter what line they take or mixed snow conditions they may be up against. Up top, the boot has a Dual Zone BOA which allows you to quickly dial in tightness where needed in multiple zones. While underfoot, the Step On EST Outsole lowers the center of gravity to improve board feel and give a more surf/skate feel to riding.

The next-generation technology continues inside the boot where the heat-moldable Imprint 3 Liner gives superior heel hold with j-bars and an inner lace lock. An antimicrobial coating keeps the boots smelling fresh from day 1 to 100 while the Power Panels maintain a consistent flex across all of those days as well. All systems go, equip yourself with a pair of Photons and prepare for lightspeed.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnStiff$409.95

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Burton Ruler Step On

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

One of the most versatile Burton snowboard boots makes a much-needed crossover in to the Burton Step On boots line as well. The Ruler Step On is made for performance-driven riders looking for a medium flexing boot that gives them the same feel they crave while catching waves on the coast or pumping through transition in the skate bowl.

It features Burtons Imprint 2 Liner for a heat-molded comfort fit inside the boot and a Step On EST Outsole for a more direct connection to the board on the outside. Shrinkage Footprint Reduction Technology reduces the outside volume of the boot which is a big weapon in the fight against dreaded toe drag. Its simple BOA lacing system and versatile medium stiffness demonstrate why it has been a go-to in the Burton boot line for years. The addition of Step On technology makes it one of the best all-mountain Step On snowboard boots for men.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnMedium$309.95

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Burton Felix Step On - Women's

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

A medium flex offering from Burton, the Felix Step On is the perfect women’s boot to pair with step on bindings for a rider looking to do it all. It features Total Comfort Construction which gives an instantly broken-in feel right out of the box. No more suffering through those first few days, your feet will thank you later. The Women’s Specific True Fit can be seen through details across the entire boot, designed from the ground up and engineered for the way women ride.

A virtually indestructible Dual Zone Boa system secures feet in place and comes warrantied for life. The liner is heat-moldable, with Dry Ride Heat Cycle Lining for on-mountain warmth. A Focus Cuff adds additional heel hold while the Plush Cuff 1.0 on the rear of the boot has a women-specific cut and hugs your calf for added comfort and control. Groomers, park, and powder will all suddenly feel like a walk in the park as the Felix is one of the best women’s step on snowboard boots.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnMedium$379.95

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Burton Limelight Step On - Women's

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

A comfort-first approach, with all the features you need and no added fluff, is what you get with the Limelight Step On Snowboard Boots from Burton. The Imprint 2 Liner is the main attraction with this boot as it includes heat-moldability, Lightweight Power Panels, a molded EVA footbed, Velcro Liner Closure, 3M Thinsulate insulation, a Lock-Up Cuff, an Inner Lace Lock, and Man Fur. Phew, we just ran out of breath on that one!

The easy to use BOA coiler on the front of the boot tightens things up quickly with little effort which especially comes in handy if you're dealing with cold hands while getting ready in the resort parking lot. A Step On EST Outsole eliminates the ramp angle of a traditional outsole, getting rid of unwanted material between you and your shred stick to improve board feel. With a medium flex feel this boot hits the sweet spot and will ensure you can lay a mean carve, float through some pow, or kill it in the park, all while staying comfy.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnMedium$309.95

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DC Control Step On

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

Queen and David Bowie. Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. Add DC Snowboarding and Burton as the latest entry to best collaborations of all time. DC recognized the great Step On binding design developed by Burton and has adapted some of its legendary boot designs to be compatible with the system. The Control Step On boots are medium flex, dual-zone Boa H4 closure pow shredding tools. Their heat-moldable White Liners with internal ankle harnesses will keep you comfy and secure no matter how sketchy the riding gets.

3M Thinsulate Insulation turns the thermostat up a few degrees for you lucky riders braving subzero temps. The Impact S Insole is created from proprietary single-density polyurethane. What does that mean for you? Less harsh landings without compromising on ever-important board feel. There’s a reason this boot is called the Control, and we could all use a little more before we drop into our next narrow couloir.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnMedium$349.95

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DC Lotus Step On - Women's

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

The women’s Step On snowboard boot offering from DC comes in the form of the Lotus. In Greek mythology, the lotus is a legendary plant whose fruit induces a dreamy forgetfulness and an unwillingness to depart, which sounds like the exact same feeling we get every day we’re at the mountain laying down turns. These medium stiffness boots pair a handful of comfort and performance features with the ease of strapless bindings for an all-around great experience.

Anatomical J-bars in the heat-moldable White Liners ensure optimal heel hold. The 180° power strap, internal ankle harness, and dual-zone Boa H4 closure allow for a high level of tightness customization across the entire boot. No worries in the temperature department as the 3M Thinsulate Insulation and thermal regulating fleece keep things toasty. The Impact S Insole and Step On Outsole keep any type of landing feel mellow. Take a bite of the Lotus and start dreaming of your next day in the powder room.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
Burton Step OnMedium$349.95

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K2 Maysis Clicker X HB

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

When K2 developed the latest evolution of their acclaimed step-in technology, it was a no brainer to bring their most popular boot into the fray. The K2 Maysis Clicker X HB snowboard boots are medium stiff premium snowboard boots for riders who demand their gear can keep up with their ambitious lines.

The Intuition Control Foam 3D heat moldable liner is paired with a 3D formed dual-density EVA insole for all-day comfort and support. A power strap provides addition tightening as well as flex control. K2's version of the BOA lacing system is what really dials this boot in as it features the Conda Liner Lacing, giving you the ability to control tightness on the inside and outside of the boot. This patented system uses a urethane harness to gently hug your ankle, providing the ultimate control in heel hold adjustability. With Endo 2.0 construction adding strength and durability, the Maysis Clicker X HB snowboard boot will be there to deliver a snappy flex rebound for you season after season.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
K2 Clicker X HBStiff$399.95

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Boundary Clicker X HB

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

Many of us like to consider ourselves riders who know no boundaries, and the K2 Boundary Clicker X HB is there to back up that attitude. It features an articulating cuff that creates a smoothly flexing medium stiffness boot with no worries about the boot crumpling over as you lean into it. HDR Premium Synthetics are a proprietary synthetic durable finish designed to provide exceptional resistance to abrasions and extend the life of these boots.

The dual-reel BOA system allows for tightening customization of the upper and lower zones independently of one another. No more popping a seat in the snow to strap in as the new Clicker X HB system is as simple as just stepping into the binding. An Intuition Control Foam 3D liner provides a highly customized fit inside the boot while the 3-point harness liner lacing system locks down any unwanted movement. Smooth flexing, durable, and comfort-focused, these boots nail the trifecta of a perfect snowboard boot.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
K2 Clicker X HBMedium$349.95

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K2 Kinsley Clicker X HB - Women's

Best 2020-2021 snowboard step on bindings & boots
 
 

The Kinsley Clicker X HB boot from K2 is for women looking to spend less time getting their snowboard gear all set and more time on hill. No worries about fiddling with laces as the two-reel BOA system allows for the upper and lower zones of the boot to be tightened independently and quickly. And say goodbye to wet pants from sitting in the snow while strapping in as the new Clicker X HB system is as simple as just stepping into the binding when you get off the lift.

This medium flex all-mountain boot features an Intuition Control Foam 3D liner for a highly customizable fit no matter your foot shape. A 3-point harness liner lacing system adds to the heel hold the J-bars in the liner start. HDR Premium Synthetics give the boot much higher than normal durability and resistance to abrasions. Every time you hop into your Kinsley boots, the next blissful run down the mountain is just one simple click away.

Binding StyleFlex Original Price
K2 Clicker X HBMedium$349.95

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