Take an extra lap thanks to the perfect fit

If you’re going to splurge anywhere on your snowboarding gear, boots are the place to put that extra dollar. Your boots should be the first piece of equipment you acquire to ensure a great binding match and an appropriate board width. You definitely want to take into consideration the type of riding you prefer and snow conditions where you ride most frequently to get the most comfort and wear out of your boots.

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01. Fit & Sizing
Flex & Riding Style
Lacing Systems



So you’re ready to try on some boots, what should you look out for? Snowboard boots should fit quite snugly, especially when brand new. It’s okay if your toes graze the cap of the boot but you should be able to wiggle your toes a bit and they shouldn’t be uncomfortably tight. The liner in the boot will pack down and mold to your foot after some wear.

Another area to pay attention to is the heel of the boot. You want your heel to hold in place to ensure control in your turns. When trying on boots, drive your knees forward and make sure your heel stays in place. If you feel it sliding out, it may be a sign to size down or try a boot with a lower volume that will cup your heel more tightly.

We do always recommend that you go try boots on before purchasing as they will fit differently from brand to brand. If you’re headed to your local shop to try on some boots, make sure to wear socks that you would wear in your snowboard boots. A thin to medium wool sock is perfect to keep your toes warm, moisture free and ensuring proper feel and control in your turns.


Snowboard Boots are measured in standard US sizing but like shoes, size can vary from brand to brand and even from one model to the next. As a general rule, if you wear 11.5 or bigger, or smaller than a size 7, you’ll need to make sure your board is compatible with your boot size by picking a wider or narrower board, respectively.

Boot Size (US Men's) -- 5.0-7.5 7.0-9.5 8.5-10.5 9.5-11.5 10.5+
Boot Size (US Women's) Up to 6.0 6.0-8.5 8.0-10.5 10+ -- --
Board Waist Width (mm) 225-235 236-245 246-250 251-254 255-259 260+
Snowboard Width Narrow/Women's Regular Mid Wide-Wide


Boots designed specifically for women take into consideration anatomical needs such narrower heels and softer flexes to compensate for lighter riders.

Like Women specific boots, Junior boots will be softer and sometimes come with shims to accommodate growing feet. We don’t recommend oversizing Junior boots to get more seasons out of them, get the right fit to help your kids progress.




While your Ability level may play a small role in choosing the flex of your boot, ideally you want to select a boot that will perform where and how you ride.


Snowboard boot flex is typically rated somewhere from very soft to very stiff and is usually given a 1-10 rating by the manufacturer (1 being the softest, 10 being the stiffest). Use this number as a guide but ultimately, flex is pretty subjective. If you’re taller or heavier than average, you’ll exert more force on the boot and may find you need added stiffness. Flex ratings can also vary from brand to brand. The best way to find a boot that will suit you is to try them on at a local shop if you can.

    1-2 Flex Rating

  • SOFT
    3-4 Flex Rating

    5-6 Flex Rating

    7-8 Flex Rating

    9-10 Flex Rating



What kind of conditions do you ride in? Do you prefer All-Mountain & Freeriding or are you more of a Freestyle rider? Depending on your preference you may find certain boots respond better to your needs, here’s how we break it down:

    As its name implies, all-mountain riding covers any terrain from groomed runs to powder and even some air. All-Mountain is, for this reason, the most common style of riding and most all-mountain riders will prefer a softer to medium flexing boot for all day comfort and maneuverability. This is especially true if you are new to snowboarding. On the other hand, if you’re a hard charger ripping with speed, a stiffer boot will give you better heel to toe response and control. Backcountry riding usually falls into this category as well.


    Also known as Big Mountain riding, Freeriding most commonly refers to off-piste terrain. Speed and precision are key here so more stiffness in the boot will provide better response and edge to edge power transfer.


    Jumps, tricks and rails are more your speed? Welcome to Freestyle riding. Maneuverability and cushioning are the big things to look for in a Freestyle boot. Soft and flex forgiving are the typical choice for freestyle riders.



Lacing your boots comes down primarily to preference but each system has their pros and cons (which is why you’ll sometimes see hybrid lacing systems). While you want your boots to lace up tightly, it shouldn’t feel constricting. When fitted and laced properly, your foot shouldn’t move front to back or side to side. We’ll go over Traditional, Boa and Quicklace systems in further detail below.

    The tried and true lacing style. Traditional laces offer the most customizable fit and are easily replaceable if they get worn down. Despite being easy to use, they can be difficult to lace up with gloves or cold hands and can sometimes loosen throughout the day. Some boot manufacturer’s counter this by adding a locking mechanism to help hold the lace in place.

  • BOA
    Gaining popularity for its ease, BOA lacing systems use a ratcheting dial attached to a cable to fasten the boot. The dial can be turned and locked into place easily while gloved and with one hand. Certain manufacturers offer Double BOA lacing systems which allows you to tighten the forefoot independently of the cuff.


    Quicklace offers a single pull lacing solution. They typically offer zonal tightening (forefoot tightness independent of the ankle and cuff), are fast and convenient and can easily be pulled tight while wearing gloves. While the laces lock in and tuck out of the way, they are more likely to loosen throughout a day of riding than a BOA coiler.


The Liner of a snowboard boot is the inner boot piece which is sometimes removable. Liners are typically made of a lightweight, moldable material called EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate). EVA provides cushioning, stability and insulation for your feet. As any other part of a snowboard boot, the Liner can come in different grades offering more or less cushioning and support to suit your needs. They can be separated into three major categories:

STOCK LINERS  Provide base-level padding and stability and over time will conform to your forefoot’s shape due to sustained pressure.
MOLDABLE LINERS  The next step up in price and materials, moldable liners will mold to your feet from body heat over a few days of wear.
HEAT-MOLDABLE LINERS  These liners are made of premium materials and can be pre heated to mold to your feet for a custom fit from day 1. This can be done at our Corbetts retail location or by an experienced boot-fitter.



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Still have some questions? We've got an extremely knowledgeable and friendly team at Corbetts. Visit us at our retail location or give us a call and we'll help you find the perfect boots to fit your needs.

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