• Stiff and Responsive
  • Excellent traction
  • Great adjustability/Heel Hold


  • Flex retention could be better


The Nidecker Kita is a very stiff, responsive boot that is made to turn demanding boards but isn’t for every board like the Rift is.

The 2024 Nidecker Kita is the same as the 2023 I reviewed. 

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Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Lacing Type Double BOA
Manufactured in China
Flex Retention Good
Shock Absorption Good
Traction Excellent
On & Off Ease Great
Warmth Good
Flex Stiff
Turn Initiation Fast
Sizing True To Size
Boot Width Medium
Comfort Great
Heel Hold Great
Adjustability Great
Reduced Footprint Great

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Nidecker Kita Snowboard Boot Written Review Review by The Good Ride

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How It Rides And Who It Is For

How This Review Happened:  Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.

Size: 9
: 2
Conditions: Ok spring conditions and some pretty rainy but pretty good snow.
 James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Union Atlas, Union Atlas FC
Yes Optimistic and Nidecker Mellow
Jacket: Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves:  Burton AK Clutch Mitt, CG Habitats Work Glove,

Similar (but not the same) Boots:  Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Ride Insano, Ride Trident, K2 Thraxis.

James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size:
9 US
Foot Width:
Arch Length:
Right 9.5 and Left 9
Instep: (left and Right) 10.5”
Calf Circumference:
Top of boot 17” & Bottom of boot 12”


The Nidecker Kita fit my 9 very true to size but my E width is always a bit troublesome with most normal boots. With some boot fitting foam on the sides of my feet and a heat mold I should be able to blow out the sides. That way I don’t cramp up and get cold.

Flex/ Flex Retention/Construction

The Nidecker Kita is very stiff. The response matches the flex too. I would probably like the flex of these boots after about 30 days when the flex breaks down. There isn’t a lot of flex retention happening but there is some material in the ankle area to help preserve the flex.

Adjustability/Heel Hold

You have a double boa with the Nidecker Kita that has a separate upper/lower but does almost overlap to help keep a pretty good grip around the ankle. So if you want to compromise a little in each area you can get the best you can get with adjustability and heel hold.

Shock Absorption

There is a lot of eva foam before the stiff Vibram sole in the Nidecker Kita but it’s pretty dense and not that soft. So great for dampness but not the best for slow speed shock absorption.









On & Off

Double BOA is slow on with the Nidecker Kita but really fast getting it off when you are done with the day.


Vibram sole…so excellent traction.

Reduced Footprint

The Nidecker Kita is very close to my Burton Kendo


I’m personally not into stiff boots like the Nidecker Kita and the Rift was way more my style of boot. That being said this is a great boot for what it is and it competes very well with many other super stiff boots in the industry.

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