The 2017 Adidas Samba improved a lot this year and the construction seems to be a good bit better than past models. It’s got the most skate like feel out of all of the Adidas line.
Riders: James, Jack and Jimbo,
James’ Specs Relevant to Boots
Shoe Size: 9 with most boots/active shoes and 10 casual.
Calves (Widest Point): 17”
Calves (At top of boot): 12”
Foot Width at Widest Point: 4”
Mid Foot Width: 4”
Heel Width: 2.5”
Foot Height (Highest Point): 3”
Widest Point Arond My Ankles 11.5”
Flex: When tightened up well there is a pretty mid level flex that is just right to work with most boards out there. When loosened a bit it’s got a nice med/soft flex that would work well in the park.
Flex Retention: So we love the articulation tech in the ankle here that really works well. It’s going to hold it’s flex for a while
Comfort: The Adidas Samba is pretty comfortable but I do feel a pressure point on the top of the foot where the toung meets the boot when I flex forward. I think it will break in but it’s a slight concern. Everything else about the boot works fine and I don’t feel any pressure anywhere else. There is lot’s of room for my toes to move and flex so it will not feel like I’m in a cast.
Heel Hold: The fuzzy liner holds the ankle well enough but I can feel it slide up. I’d like to see the other liner Adidas uses put in the Samba and then it should hold a lot better. Still it’s not that bad for my foot. I don’t think it will effect the way I ride and I personally feel people tend to freak out too much when it comes to heel hold. I’d rather have circulation in my feet and room to flex it than no heel lift.
Adjustability: Traditional lace boots are very good when it comes to dialing out your boots for your feet and are very underrated.
Traction: Very good traction because of the rubber. It’s not ideal for hiking but it’s great in hard to icy parking lot ice or in lift lines on hard days.
Shock Absorption: It’s got that minimal shock absorption skate like feel and out of all the boots in the Adidas line this feels the most like a skate shoe. It’s the exact opposite compared to the Energy boots boots on the upper end of the line.
Reduced Footprint: The footprint on the Samba is exceptional and from what I have seen so far it’s at the top of the industry. Take a look at the comparison between the Samba and the Burton Almighty. Burton use to be the best when it came to reduced footprint tech so it’s pretty impressive to see the Samba fit just like Burton on the inside but be that much smaller on the outside. This size 9 is approximately 1/2″ to 3/4″ of an inch smaller in overall length which is very impressive. it’s a great boot to choose if you are on the border between a regular board and a mid/wide but want to fit in a regular board that appeals to you. The one thing we noticed is as you get into larger sizes there isn’t as much of a difference between the footprint when it comes to companies like Ride, Thirty Two and Burton. Adidas is still a little smaller but not as small as you will see in this pic with a size 9 comparison.
On & Off Ease: It’s got an easy slide in and out and the laces aren’t that hard to get on/off. It’s only a little slower than BOA and speed lace.
The Adidas Samba Snowboard Boot is what I was more expecting from Addidas when I heard they were coming out with boots. It’s well built, feels like it will last a long time and it’s pretty comfortable. If it wasn’t for some forward flex pressure on the top of the foot it would be a boot I’d want to keep and use often. Not to say this will be a problem for everyone but it was for me.
This is a review of the 15 Samba but it looks like the quality of construction is better for 16 so it could be a good choice for those looking to a similar fit to a Burton boot but from a different brand.
Riders: James, Peter
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Boards: Lib Tech TRS
Weight– 2.2 Lbs Per Boot
Fit: The size 9 fits my size 9 feet nice and snug and with just a little packing out it will fit perfect. It feels like it was built around my feet.
Flex: Nice mediumish flex that has a pretty easy forward lean while still being good on the response side.
Flex Retention: Much better than the other Adidas boots I tried. The Samba feels heavier and sturdier. It’s got a pretty solid rubber spine on the back as well as good ankle articulation in the ankle that doesn’t break down the ankle on forward flexing. It looks like it’s good for going 100 days without turning into a sock.
Turn Initiation: Nice middle ground turn initiation that can rail a turn on a semi challenging turning board or hit a rail on a mellow jib board.
Comfort: The biggest issue with me was on a forward lean the boot would depress between the beginning of the laces and the toe creating pressure on the top of my foot. The other Adidas boots did that too but this felt like it was more of a pronounced issue than the others. It’s probably because the material is more sturdy and thicker. I wasn’t sure if it would go away after a few days or if it would get worse and become unbearable. Not sure if this is a deal breaker for everyone but it was for me. I tried to get a pic of it but it’s hard to see. You can kind of see that after the last lace there is an indention.
Other than that the rest of the boot was very comfortable at first but after a few hours I had some little pressure points that needed to be addressed with a little more riding/breaking in for it to go away. I’d say that after about 5 full days of riding all theose litel issue would go away and the sambas would mold to my feet and be a good fit. I also like that the toe box isn’t wide but also has some room to let your foot expand a bit on a forward flex. The boots also roll inward rather well. They aren’t like Burton Auto Cant boots but don’t cause pressure if you like to ride with your knees in a bit.
Heel Hold: Really good heel hold for a lace boot.
Adjustability: I still love traditional lace boots and don’t feel they are the pain that many snowboarders do. It’s not much slower than speed lace or double boa and there is a lot more versatility when it comes to adjusting these boots. The top can be adjusted many ways and you can create upper/lower separation with a mountaineers knot in the middle. The rungs that hold the top lacing are well built too and are easy to tighten.
Shock Absorption: Nice shock absorption that feels middle ground to above average.
Traction: Thank you for not going with a single mold eva foam sole. There are varying types of rubber. You have continental tire rubber mixed in with what seems like a slightly softer rubber.
Footprint: Love the footprint here and as you can see from the pic it’s right there with Burton boots and even a little bit shorter than all but the Burton SLX. Well done! It’s very reduced and great for those trying to size down or fit better into in betweener sizies.
On & Off Ease: You know it’s not the fastest but it’s not slow either. It was pretty easy on and off for traditional lace and I liked them.
So all in all if it wasn’t for that pressure on the top of my foot I’d like to own these and ride them often. They are what I was hoping the ZX 500’s would be. I can’t wait to try these next year. If they fix that collapsing issue on the top of my foot I’d like to own these.