Review: Vans Aura Pro Snowboard Boots · 2024

Published on 04/09/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Terri Hunter, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Terri Hunter, Snowboarding Expert
Eli Hernandez, Snowboarding Expert
By Curated Experts Terri Hunter and Eli Hernandez
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Photo by Terri Hunter & Eli Hernandez

The Curated Take

4.5/5

The Vans Aura Pro Snowboard Boots are ideal for aggressive riders seeking durability, responsiveness, and versatility. They feature a dual BOA lacing system for easy adjustability and a medium-soft flex for forgiving yet controlled rides. The boots are comfortable and warm, thanks to UltraCush insoles and SmartWool liners. However, they have a long break-in period, and it can be challenging to pull the liner out. Overall, these boots are suitable for advanced riders looking for a long-lasting, high-performance boot that excels in various conditions.

Ideal for
  • Excellent for aggressive riding
  • Highly durable
  • Comfortable and warm
  • Responsive yet forgiving
  • Great adjustability
Not ideal for
  • Long break-in period
  • Hard to pull liner out
  • Smaller toe box
  • Softer flex
Heel Hold
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
The heel hold is dialed in perfectly on this boot. The back of the boot cradles the heel well but isn't too tight to where it's uncomfortable. When really getting...Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
The heel lock on the Vans Aura Pros is superior. I can fine-tune the tightness of the boots using the double BOA system. It gives me the ability to get...Read more
Weight
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
These boots are a bit heavy. This is because of their thicker materials that will also make the boot last longer. To get a stiffer boot, one needs heavier materials....Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
The Vans Aura Pro is a little bit heavier than traditional lace-up boots due to the double BOA lacing system. However, compared to other boots with the double BOA lacing...Read more
Waterproofing
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
The high-quality leather outer on this boot makes it extremely waterproof. They will be able to handle any normal condition, from riding casual groomers to big powder days to those...Read more
Grip
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
The Vans Aura Pro boot has a "protruding" waffle sole, not like the flat waffle on normal shoes. The sole of the boot provides the perfect amount of grip for...Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
The Vans Aura Pros have an aggressive grip design that gives me very strong traction not only on the snow when skating but also in the lodge on wet floors...Read more
Durability
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
These boots will easily last 100+ days. They will soften up over many days of use but will not get so soft after 75 days that one feels like they...Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
The Vans Aura Pros are made of high-quality materials that provide riders with a boot that will last multiple seasons. The only durability issue I have found with the Aura...Read more
Comfort
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
For those who are only planning to ride a handful of days a year or are beginners, these boots will be too stiff. They are meant for a more aggressive...Read more
Shock Absorption
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
The sole is thick enough to absorb shock from jumps, rails, side hits, cliffs, etc. It is not too soft that one cannot feel the board, though. These boots can...Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
The Vans Aura Pros have two key features that give them good shock absorption: the boot's softer flex and the Vans UltraCush insoles. Paired together, these give the boots a...Read more
Responsiveness
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
The Vans Aura Pro boots are very responsive. With a stiffer boot one will go edge to edge very quickly when carving, riding trees, moguls, in the park, etc. There...Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
Although they have a softer flex, the Aura Pros still maintain a quick and responsive feel over the board. That said, it is a softer flex boot, so riders will...Read more
Ease of Use
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
The double BOA system is quick and easy to use. There is no more sitting in the lodge trying to get the boots tight enough while hurting one's fingers using...Read more
Versatility
Terri Hunter, Curated Expert
These boots can be very versatile for advanced riders. They can ride it all and perform well on every type of terrain. They will do well in anything riders throw...Read more
Eli Hernandez, Curated Expert
I have ridden them in deep powder, craved and charged hard on groomers, taken them into the backcountry touring on my touring setup, and hit park laps riding on these...Read more

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About the snowboard boots
  • Model: Vans Aura Pro Snowboard Boots · 2024
Test conditions
  • When I bought these: At the beginning of the season
  • Where I’ve used them: Groomers, terrain park, trees, big mountain, backcountry split boarding
  • How many times I've used it: 150

Expert Reviews of the Vans Aura Pro Snowboard Boots

Terri Hunter I have ridden the Vans Aura boots for years. They are suited for the more aggressive rider and work well in the park and all-mountain. The Vans Aura is a stiffer boot, so they will be supportive and responsive while lasting for 100+ days before one will want to replace them. The break-in period can be about 4-10 days, but the boots are comfortable after that. The double BOA system is easy to use and allows an effective zonal tightening.
Eli Hernandez The Vans Aura Pros are the most comfortable boots riders will ever ride. UltraCush insoles and SmartWool liners are warm, giving riders a custom and extra-comfortable boot. The boots also have a dual BOA lacing system, allowing riders to adjust them easily and quickly for the perfect fit and feel. The boots have a medium-soft flex, providing a forgiving ride while maintaining great control over the board. There are two downsides to these boots. First, they are fairly soft, especially after breaking them in. I rate them 4/10 softness (10 being the stiffest). This isn't a bad thing when riding them; however, some riders might prefer a stiffer boot. Second, these boots do take a while to break in. At first, they come in stiffer than advertised, and because the insoles of the boot naturally conform to one's foot, it takes some time riding the boots for them to get to peak comfort and performance. I would expect to have to ride them 5-10 full days before they start feeling and riding how they should.

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderMen's
Model year2024
FlexMedium
Lacing systemBoa®
Internal lacing systemNone

Review Ratings

Averaged between reviewers, view below how all experts voted.

Heel Hold

5/5
Terri Hunter gave 5 of 5 stars. The heel hold is dialed in perfectly on this boot. The back of the boot cradles the heel well but isn't too tight to where it's uncomfortable. When really getting low on toeside carves, this boot is there with me the whole time. The heel hold allows the boot to be extremely responsive.
Eli Hernandez gave 5 of 5 stars. The heel lock on the Vans Aura Pros is superior. I can fine-tune the tightness of the boots using the double BOA system. It gives me the ability to get the perfect tightness around my calf and over the top of my foot to keep my heel locked in, but the liners themselves also have indents in them to keep my heel down in the boot and prevent them from lifting up.

Weight

4/5
Terri Hunter gave 4 of 5 stars. These boots are a bit heavy. This is because of their thicker materials that will also make the boot last longer. To get a stiffer boot, one needs heavier materials. When riding, the weight is not noticeable; however, it is when carrying the boots to the car. The weight is not a dealbreaker in my opinion.
Eli Hernandez gave 4 of 5 stars. The Vans Aura Pro is a little bit heavier than traditional lace-up boots due to the double BOA lacing system. However, compared to other boots with the double BOA lacing system, they are just a bit lighter. It is barely noticeable, however, but notably, it doesn't have a heavy feel to it at all.

Waterproofing

5/5
Terri Hunter gave 5 of 5 stars. The high-quality leather outer on this boot makes it extremely waterproof. They will be able to handle any normal condition, from riding casual groomers to big powder days to those wet snowy days. The only time these boots are not waterproof would be if they get fully submerged in water, so try not to fall into a creek when riding through the trees.

Grip

5/5
Terri Hunter gave 5 of 5 stars. The Vans Aura Pro boot has a "protruding" waffle sole, not like the flat waffle on normal shoes. The sole of the boot provides the perfect amount of grip for walking around the base area, hiking the pipe, or hiking to powder. Snow does not get stuck in the sole either.
Eli Hernandez gave 5 of 5 stars. The Vans Aura Pros have an aggressive grip design that gives me very strong traction not only on the snow when skating but also in the lodge on wet floors and on my stomp pad when getting on the lift. The traction design is similar to the Vans MTE shoe line with a knobby pattern that grips onto the snow or ice.

Durability

5/5
Terri Hunter gave 5 of 5 stars. These boots will easily last 100+ days. They will soften up over many days of use but will not get so soft after 75 days that one feels like they could play basketball in them. The sole holds up as well at the toe and heel caps. The outer layer may see signs of wear around the BOA lacelets. Most signs of wear appear from resting the board on one's back foot while on the chair lift.
Eli Hernandez gave 4 of 5 stars. The Vans Aura Pros are made of high-quality materials that provide riders with a boot that will last multiple seasons. The only durability issue I have found with the Aura Pros is with the BOA. Sometimes, the system fails after a lot of use. This has only happened to me once between the three pairs of Auro Pros I've owned. On the bright side, all BOA products are under a lifetime warranty should the BOA fail.

Comfort

4/5
Terri Hunter gave 4 of 5 stars. For those who are only planning to ride a handful of days a year or are beginners, these boots will be too stiff. They are meant for a more aggressive rider looking to get a lot of days under their belt. The break-in period is long, but after that the boots are comfortable.

Shock Absorption

5/5
Terri Hunter gave 5 of 5 stars. The sole is thick enough to absorb shock from jumps, rails, side hits, cliffs, etc. It is not too soft that one cannot feel the board, though. These boots can ride it all and absorb when necessary to avoid any jolt when catching air. The last thing anyone wants is to feel every jolt or bump, and these boots will make sure that doesn't happen.
Eli Hernandez gave 4 of 5 stars. The Vans Aura Pros have two key features that give them good shock absorption: the boot's softer flex and the Vans UltraCush insoles. Paired together, these give the boots a great feel when landing cliff drops and hitting jumps and rails. The UltraCush eases the slam on the bottom of the foot, and the flex makes it easy to absorb the load.

Responsiveness

4/5
Terri Hunter gave 5 of 5 stars. The Vans Aura Pro boots are very responsive. With a stiffer boot one will go edge to edge very quickly when carving, riding trees, moguls, in the park, etc. There isn't any extra space in the toe box or heel area, so the boots will feel very precise.
Eli Hernandez gave 3 of 5 stars. Although they have a softer flex, the Aura Pros still maintain a quick and responsive feel over the board. That said, it is a softer flex boot, so riders will definitely get less responsiveness than a stiffer boot. However, for the flex of the boot, they are very responsive.

Ease of Use

3/5
Terri Hunter gave 3 of 5 stars. The double BOA system is quick and easy to use. There is no more sitting in the lodge trying to get the boots tight enough while hurting one's fingers using the laces. Vans boots are typically harder to get one's feet into—they don't open up as much as other boots. They are harder to pull off as well. It is difficult to pull the liner out, too, to dry the boots out more than usual.

Versatility

5/5
Terri Hunter gave 4 of 5 stars. These boots can be very versatile for advanced riders. They can ride it all and perform well on every type of terrain. They will do well in anything riders throw at them. Park, all-mountain, trees, moguls, pow, etc. They are not made for beginners looking for all-day comfort and flexibility.
Eli Hernandez gave 5 of 5 stars. I have ridden them in deep powder, craved and charged hard on groomers, taken them into the backcountry touring on my touring setup, and hit park laps riding on these boots. Through everything, they have ridden and performed great with no issues.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

Terri Hunter The aspect of the Vans Aura Pro boot that I love the most is the durability. I know this boot will easily last 100+ days without getting too soft.
Eli Hernandez Something I really love about the Vans Aura Pros is the comfortability of the boot. Most snowboard boots are going to be fairly comfortable, especially compared to ski boots; however, these boots are on another level. The Vans UltraCush insoles paired with their heat-moldable SmartWool liners create a boot that forms to my feet naturally and provides me with the most comfortable ride and feel a snowboard boot can offer.

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

Terri Hunter My favorite moment with the Vans Aura Pro boot was riding a fresh line of powder through the trees and feeling the responsiveness of the boot. On pow days I need to be able to make quick decisions, and these boots were with me the entire time.
Eli Hernandez My favorite moment with the Vans Aura Pros was when my buddies went looking for new boots. I let them ride on my Aura Pros for a day, and they came back in love with the boots. I love that I found such a comfortable and well-made boot that others can get the same excellent ride and feel I have.

Why did you choose this product?

Terri Hunter I always choose the Vans Aura Pro as my go-to boot because I know I am getting a stiffer boot that can handle anything I throw at it.
Eli Hernandez I chose the Vans Aura Pros because I have been riding them since 2020. I bought my first pair and have loved them since. They have maintained their high quality and even improved this year's model by partnering with SmartWool in their liners, making them even more comfortable and warm. 

What is the value for the money versus other options?

Terri Hunter The Vans Aura Pro provides a really great value because it is built to last. It won't need to be replaced for a very long time. All the materials are of a high quality.

Terri Hunter
Snowboarding Expert
Eli Hernandez
Snowboarding Expert
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