Snowboarding is an exhilarating experience — the cold wind smacking your face, the board gliding across the snows and a sense of being in tune with nature and your board. Unfortunately, getting ready to shred the gnar isn't as simple as slipping on boots and clipping on the snowboard bindings. Snowboarding requires optimal boots for safety and control. Keep some key considerations in mind before pulling the trigger on a particular pair as your riding comfort depends on these factors.Lacing Systems on Snowboard Boots
Lacing is crucial for your comfort and safety. Three common lacing systems are used in snowboarding boots. The traditional one is the same as on any other pair of boots, while speed lacing systems tighten with a simple pull of the tab at the end of the lace. When you're happy with the snugness of the boot, you can fasten the tab on the clip at the side of your boot. Finally, the boa lacing system uses a knob that you turn to tighten the laces. To loosen them, simply pull the knob out and pull the boot open.Snowboard Boot Liner Types
Riders take out removable liners to let dry at the end of the day. This reduces the dampness for your next day of hitting the hill and helps keep you comfortable and warm for longer. Attached liners may not be removed and require a fan or blow dryer to let dry for another day of riding. Finally, mouldable liners offer some degree of custom fit as they mould automatically over time to your feet, or you can do it yourself or take it to a shop.Riding Style
Whether you’re looking for men's or women’s snowboard boots, think about your riding style. Freeriding requires stiff flex on the soles to control turns but soft uppers for comfort during hard shifts from toe to heel in sliding. Freestyle riding needs a lightweight boot but has stiff forward flex; these are the most expensive types.