Team TLS Snowboard Boot
The clear-cut favorite for the entire Nitro team, the Nitro Team TLS Snowboard boot sits on the medium-stiff end of the flex spectrum, bringing the response necessary for carving at high speeds, sending bigger jumps, and blasting through powder stashes in the trees. The boot's TLS 5 Twin lacing system quickly tightens the upper and lower zones independently to help you find a fine-tuned fit with the quick, simple pull of each lacing handle. Then, the Bail Out System allows you to get out of your boots quickly when you're getting ready to leave the resort.
Aptly named, the D30-enhanced Cloud 9 liner offers a premium, heat-moldable fit that's impressively comfortable. It's equipped with D30 padding over the ankle's most vulnerable spot (e.g. where the ankle strap ratchets tightly down), preventing pressure points from painfully sidelining your shred session. Looking to the midsole, the EVA foam is paired with airbag impact damping in the heel for a well-cushioned feel when you're stomping landings and charging across choppy snow. Then, the Vibram Icetrek sole lends sure-footed grip for hiking for fresh turns, especially across rocky ridges and icy surfaces.
- The Nitro team's choice for top-tier versatile shredding
- Speedlacing system independently tightens upper and lower zones
- Thermo-moldable liner provides a customized fit
- Mid-stiff flex offers response and support for bigger terrain
- Armored Spine further adds stability for charging steeps
- D30 padding cushions harsh landings and high-speed chatter
- Therminator Shield reflects your body heat back to your feet
- Vibram Icetrek rubber outsole delivers unrivaled traction
Light and Low Profile Bot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been going back and forth on this boot for awhile now but I've finally made my mind up. I have last years boot so I've got ~50 days in it.
The Nitro Team TLS boot is great for someone who is a beginner/intermediate rider and weight/space is important (i.e. flying to a destination). The boot has an incredibly low profile and is very light. I'm coming from traditional laced Nike Danny Kass and 32 TM2s. The Nitro Team is much lighter and lower profile than these boots (and almost all other boots) so it packs well and doesn't add significant weight to the board bag when flying. The traction on the boot is also great. Much better grip than the foam on the TM 2s. The flex on the boot is also stiff enough to be responsive but soft enough to tweak. The best attribute of this boot is how comfortable it is. It's incredibly comfortable on the first day, it has a good amount of room in the toe box and a heat retention liner under the footbed so the toes/feet stay warmer on the cold days.
This is not a great boot for a hard charging rider. The lacing system will loosen if they get bucked around too much, like when you're charging a steep slope very fast and run into large bumps. I've helped mitigate this by stuffing the laces between the tongue and liner after flexing/locking the cams which has helped immensely. For days when I'm not riding very technical terrain, this boot does well and I've been very happy it with it. This is one of the best boots on the market for all levels of riders due to the pros listed but the lacing system has its flaws (just like boas break, etc).
I'll be buying the Team in laces this year and you should too. It'll take longer to lace up but you'll gain the reliability of traditional laces.
Thanks for the great comments and helpful tips on the boots!
2019 Nitro Team Snowboard Boot Review
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