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 too. 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 did a great 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 different than the other boots in the Adidas line. They normally put pressure on the roof of the foot near where the tongue starts. It’s got a heat mold-able liner so I think I can fix this small pressure and bring it up to 100% with a little time. I love heat mold-able liners even though I often don’t heat mold them. They just seem to break in and conform better to your feet than non heat mold-able liners over a little time. So I think that after a few days on the hill it should be pretty conformed to my foot. Peter had instant comfort but he’s Peter and I’m me.
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.
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.
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.