The Adidas Tatical ADV snowboard boot is something we instantly fell in love with. The major stand out is the next level shock absorption and although the fully articulating cuff isn’t unique it’s very well liked. Over the last few years we have been reviewing Adidas boots and our biggest concerns were construction quality. This year they seemed to overcome that issue and other than a few issues did a much better job with their whole line.
Riders: James, Peter,
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”
Fit: The fit is just like a Burton that’s on the wider side of regular in the toe box so there is room to use the toes.
Flex: It’s pretty medium stiff and seems like it will stay that way for a good while.
Fit/Comfort: It’s not 100% love at first try but it’s probably more around 80% love. There is a little mellow pressure on the roof of my foot just below the ankle which is I thought might be a big issue but instead it faded throughout the day as I rode it and conformed much better to my feet. Now it’s a very comfortable boot to ride and my only suggestion is to take it slowly on breaking it in like I described above in the video.
Heel Hold: Very good heel hold and I don’t feel the heel lifting at all. I have slightly thicker ankle joints so I don’t often have heel lift but this felt pretty good. I would like to see an option on the inside of the shell or outside of the liner with Velcro for J-Bars but many will stick to the liner material so it’s not a super big deal.
Adjustability: Traditional Lace Boots still have an advantage over all other lacing types except hybrid set ups that have something extra along with traditional lace. It takes more work but if you can tie a mountaineers knot you can really dial out your boots to fit your foot better than any other lacing system.
Flex Retention: This is the best in the Adidas line when it comes to flex retention mainly because of the fully articulating cuff and the sturdier material on the outside. The liner isn’t anything to write home about and it would be nice to see some reinforcement in the areas with the most flex but still overall it’s on the higher end of the flex retention spectrum. This is a great choice for the 100 day a year rider.
Turn Initiation/Response: The tactical is pretty responsive if it’s tightened up but a nice smooth medium response if the upper rungs are left a little loose. That’s one of the reasons I love the versatility of traditional lace boots with an articulating cuff.
Traction: There are soft rubber spikes places throughout the boot so it will hold well in almost any kind of snow.
Shock Absorption: This shock absorption is really next level and I can’t say that I’ve experienced anything like it. It’s not just cushy but really springy too so it doesn’t really feel like you are loosing response.
Footprint: Very reduced just like the rest of the line and it’s at the top of the industry. It’s the kind of boot that can really help reduce toe drag. This is a comparison between size 9 boots. As the sizes get larger we have noticed less of a difference when it comes to footprint size but Adidas is still a little bit smaller. You can also see like it seems Adidas will be less likely to have heel or toe drag by the way the sole tapers up in the heel and toe.
On & Off Ease: Traditional Lace isn’t that bad and it’s much easier than people think. Yes it’s slower than Speed Lace or BOA but not by much. It’s almost as fast as BOA if you are one of those people who are constantly micro adjusting because when a BOA is undone it opens up pretty quick.