Gear Up: The Top 5 Women’s Boots under $250
There is a cold, harsh reality that we must address: it can be pretty damn tough to stick to a strict budget while also trying to do what we love, snowboarding from street to slope. So while you are saving up for retirement, we want to make sure you put away a few pleasant moments on the mountains, too. With that in mind, we scavenged through the piles of overly priced, bank-draining products in order to bring to light an array of dependable and quality boots that won’t leave you hustling on the street corner for pocket change.
Adidas Women’s Samba Boot
It’s every rider’s dream to shred as many lines as physically possible, and the Samba just might grant that wish. A medium-soft flex allows you to put down lines in the terrain park while maintaining a natural feel and mellow comfort on the rest of the mountain. EVA foam is inserted into the mid-sole, which is a big asset as it distributes shock upon impact. One bonus for all the smelly caffeine-fiends out there – The Samba utilizes recycled coffee grounds to battle boot odor every day you log.
Burton Women’s Emerald Boot
There are little gems scattered around the market that boast all the amenities of a top dollar boot, but won’t empty your purse. The Emerald is one such jewel. The medium flex shines through on heavy powder days and will keep you polishing rails during park laps. And on those rare occassions when your game is not up to par, Airbag midsole cushioning will have your back. A luxury item like this means top-notch comfort out of the box, with heat-moldable footbeds and Speed Zone lacing to eliminate the pain of tweaking the boots.
Nike Women’s Vapen Boot
Here’s one boot that will have you skipping out on the window shopping and headed straight to the cash register; quality synthetic leather keeps you looking proper, while anatomical lining provides suave control and superb board feel. Plus, when the mercury dips, warming Strobel footbeds will utilize body heat to keep you cozy, while neoprene toe caps prevent those pesky toe jams.
ThirtyTwo Women’s 86 FT Boot
Specifically geared towards freestylers, the 86 FT Boot’s skate inspired rubber outsoles and EVA cushioning will keep even the most persistent shred head jibbing away all season long. A locked in foot and heel hold means a more solid stance, while Thirty Two’s Fast Track Lacing System ensures more time riding, and less time dealing with knotty laces. Get your feet into a pair of these bad boys, and start your next session off right.
K2 Women’s Haven Boot
Considering the epic shenanigans your feet get you into on a daily basis, it’s about time you give them a little bit of pampering. Enter: K2′s Haven Boot, with a heat moldable Intuition liner and 3D formed tongue that ensure a perfect fit. A medium amount of flex allows you to rock these boots from park to powder, and everywhere in between.