Every year the TSA buying team head out across Europe on the hunt for latest and greatest snowboard gear - hitting up trade shows, demo days and bigwig meetings. Part of this process includes in-depth testing of the equipment. The outcome of all this research and testing is that the guys and girls can make sure that the only boots, boards and bindings that make into the store are ones they would be stoked to ride themselves.

Here are some of the guy's favourite boots from this year:


Acerra ADV

Adidas Acerra ADV

  • boost™ responsive cushioning
  • Double H3 Boa Closure System
  • Innovative articulated cuff shell design
  • Response: 8/10

Jake Blauvelt’s pro boot from Adidas, the Acerra ADV has been designed to shred the whole mountain (at Mach 5), dishing out unrivalled levels of support, control and comfort. Under Jake’s guidance, his boot has been one that Adidas use as a billboard for their latest tech and this version does not disappoint.

Keeping you locked into the boot is a Dual Boa closure system with upper and lower zones for a customized fit. Team that up with their dual density, heat mouldable foam (Gold level) liner and you get all-day-comfort.

For heavy landings there is a Boost midsole – this innovation has transitioned from the running shoe side of Adidas into their snowboard boots. It provides three times more cushioning than standard EVA foam and helps you transition in and out of turns with a little ‘boost’ from the foam as it kicks back to its original size.

Adidas Acerra ADV


TM2 Jones XLT

ThirtyTwo TM2 Jones XLT

  • STI Evolution foam
  • Performance backstay
  • Snow proof zippered Storm Shield
  • Response: 9/10

Jeremy Jones’s snowboard boot is a high-performance boot aimed at riders whose intentions lie in the backcountry. This is immediately evident when you first lock eyes with this beast. The bottom half of the lacing is covered by a zipped Storm Shield that presents a slick silhouette and more importantly provides extra protection when hiking or split boarding in deep snow. For powder conditions, the boots have a special Vibram sole designed to transfer grip when marching up ridgelines.

Along the back of the boot, there is a Performance backstay. This reinforced area of the boot stiffens the spine delivering more response and control in situations when you can’t afford to fall.

ThirtyTwo TM2 Jones XLT



Burton Ion

  • Life Liner
  • Speed Zone™ Lacing System
  • Shrinkage™ Footprint Reduction Technology
  • Response: 8/10

The Burton Ion is an excellent boot for intermediate to advanced riders who are looking to explore the whole mountain. It is a highly responsive boot that offers lots of control and for this year it has been dialled back a touch for a slightly more playful feel.

SpeedZone lacing gets you in and out of the boots in a flash with the ability to customise the tension in the lower and upper zones for a precise and comfortable fit. Within the lacing sits the Life liner. This clever bit of lightweight material moulds to the shape of your foot without losing its internal structure for season-long support. One of the game changers in this liner is the use of DryRide Heat Cycle. It reflects heat back to your feet keeping your toes nice and warmth while wicking away moisture - preventing blisters and damp, uncomfortable feet.

Burton Ion



DC Mora

  • Dual Boa Closure
  • Contact Unilite outsole
  • Impact S Insole
  • Response: 7/10

Another boot that suits all-mountain riding, the Mora boasts plenty of support and drive utilising a dual boa and power strap combo. DC’s background in skate shoes really comes to the fore in these boots – fitting them out with Impact S Insoles for extra dampening and a lightweight Unilite midsole. Add in an EVA heat mouldable heat liner with a thermal regulating fleece and you have a high-end boot at a great price point.

DC Mora



Northwave Domino

  • 540° heel retention mechanism
  • Thermo welded outer
  • Thermo-Fit 2 Liner
  • Response: 6/10

Replacing the highly acclaimed Northwave Opal, the Domino is an all mountain/freestyle boot that blends freeride stability with park friendly agility.

Sucking your feet into the boot is a 540-degree heel retention system that increases the hold as you tighten the Superlace cords. Inside the boot sits the new TF2 liner that uses different materials and thicknesses in different areas to create an anatomically sympathetic fit. Place all the parts of the boot together using Northwave’s thermos-welding techniques for a ‘true’ flex just when you need it and you get one of the best women’s boots around.

Northwave Domino



Salomon Dialogue

  • 3D Heel Cage
  • Ortholite C2 Footbeds
  • Lightweight Flight EC+ outsole
  • Response: 6/10

Fully reworked for 17/18, the Dialogue is one of the most popular boots on the market with its mid-flex, ridiculous comfort, and freestyle credentials.

The freestyle orientated midsole and outsole combine lightweight energy absorption (Flight EC +) with a low profile responsive feel. Just above the midsole sits an Ortholite C2 footbed. This insole lets air circulate in and around your feet and wicks away moisture - keeping your feet dry and comfortable.

A great boot for those looking to ride the mountain like one big park.

Salomon Dialogue

Posted by: Pete F Tagged as: Snowboarding Equipment