Price US $210

Nike Vapen 2014 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride

The Nike Vapen is basically a watered down Zoom DK that has a softer and less responsive more forgiving ride. It’s a great entry level boot but also not a bad boot for those advanced to expert riders on a budget.

Days: 2

Riders: James
Bindings:  Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited
Boards:  Jones Mountain Twin, Lib Tech TRS,

Flex: Nice Medium to medium/soft flex.

Comfort:  Nike makes very comfortable boots and even their entry level boot is almost there with their higher end boots.  Nike knows how to create a comfortable boot around your foot so even if you don’t like them in the snowboard industry you can’t knock the craftsmanship.

Heel Hold: My ankle was very secure and I’ve never had issues with any Nike boot.  Some might want more of a secure feeling that you can get from cranking down a BOA boot.

Adjustability: We like the little lace cinch mechanism that’s on the higher end Nike boots but for 2 bills it isn’t that bad without it. You can still use a mountaineers not to secure the bottom and the top locks pretty well.

Flex Retention:  There is a nice neopreme notch in the ankle and it makes for great articulation.  The flex lasts pretty long for a $200 boot.  I only had 3 days on it but I have had a lot of feed back from people who have ridden these boots for more than 2 years.

Response:  Pretty good middle ground response that isn’t too aggressive and pretty forgiving.

Traction:  Very good traction and it’s fine in the parking lot. Most boots cut costs and do single mold eva foam at this price which has almost no traction so it’s nice to see a rubber sole.

Shock Absorption:  Very good shock absorption. It’s got a lot of eva foam at the bottom

Footprint: This is the only gripe we have with this boot.  On the inside it fits similar to other brands like burton but on the outside it’s footprint is a full size or evan more than most Burton and Ride boots.  That can be a problem with people who are in between binding and board sizes. For example if you are a size 10 you might not fit into medium bindings made for size 8-10 boots or you might have toe drag if you are riding a board with a more narrow waist width.  Here is a size 9 Burton Ruler (similarly priced) vs a size 9 Vapen footprint comparison from the 2013 season. Both fit my size 9 feet correctly on the inside.

vapen vs. ruler












On & Off Ease: It’s not going to compete with Speed Lace and BOA but the inner and outer lacing is really good and quick for traditional lace. Nike has some of the easiest traditional lacing out there.

We at The Good Ride were not enthusiastic about Nike entering the snowboard market but they sure won us over. We like their boots and feel they are worth a shot.  They have a smooth and very comfortable feel. Not much has changed over the years since the Vapen came out and our only true complaint is we wish they would reduce the foot print.

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Nike Vapen Snowboard Boot Review And Buying Advice SKU UPC Model

Nike vapen 2015

Sep 19, 2016 by Tom
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Park, all mountain off piste • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 175cm 70kg size 10US 

Bought these boot because nike were going to stop making them
They are a great boot being nike it was true to fit the size was correct. Initial thoughts were really comfortable soft flexing boot great for presses and cruising all mountain.

Would not recommend for charging response i would look at another boot

Downside i would say i had issues with heel lift nothing some j bars couldnt fix and being a lace system getting it right is abit of a hassle

I rate these boots a 7.5 great for park riding and rainy days or wet snow water does seem to seep in through the toe area.

Nike Vapen lace Desirn flaw

Jan 12, 2016 by Mark
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freestyle/All Mtn • 
Days You Ride A Year: 50+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'9", 160, size 10 

These are comfortable and well made except for that plastic lace keeper on the liners. The thing broke after a couple days. Now it doesn't tighten very well, and am waiting on the other side to fail the same.

4.0 4.0 2 2 Bought these boot because nike were going to stop making them They are a great boot being nike it was true to fit the size was correct. Initial thoughts were really comfortable s Nike Vapen Snowboard Boot Review And Buying Advice

Riding Level

Beginner - Expert

Lacing Type

Traditional Lace

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Turn Initiation




Heel Hold




Reduced Footprint


Flex Retention


Shock Absorption




On & Off Ease