Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV Snowboarding Boots Review

Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV snowboarding boots review

Review Date: March 2021 to May 2021, in Colorado
Boots Tested: adidas tactical lexicon ADV snowboarding boots review, size 9 (mens US) Color Grey Six/Core Black/Signal Orange
Rider specs: 5’9″ shoe size: 9.5
Intended Use: Snowboarding, snow sports

Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV snowboard boots Details from adidas:

  • Mid-flexing boot for aggressive all-mountain riding
  • boost™’s energy-returning properties keep your ride charged with an endless supply of light, fast energy, even in the cold
  • Synthetic and textile upper
  • Heel-hold power lacing system; articulating upper cuff
  • Heat-moldable Gold Level Ultralon foam liner wraps to the contours of your foot for a comfortable, responsive feel
  • Rugged, grippy outsole

Sleek ’90s nostalgia. These adidas snowboarding boots have all the technical features you need to keep you charged and stylish. The soft liner contours to your foot, adding security to your ride. The responsive midsole ensures high shock absorption while keeping you comfortable all day.


The tactical adv lexicon is back for a 2nd season, and it’s positioned well to be back again for 2022. I’ve been a fan of the tactical adv boot since it arrived on the scene in the 2016-2017 season. The 90’s inspired look of the lexicon boot resonated with me and I wanted to feel the difference between the two to really see if they ride the same or if it truly is just a aesthetic change.

I have a wider and somewhat flat foot, so I was always a fan of the reduced footprint on the tactical adv and wide toebox. The main reason I love these boots is the boost™ foam, with its energy-returning properties for advanced cushioning, it really reduced shock and I feel allowed me to ride longer by reducing stress on my legs.

So how different are the tactical adv lexicon from the tactical adv?  Both have the gold level ultralon liner, and a similar footprint so the look fo the lexicon really stands out from the original tactical adv. If that’s what you’re looking for, go with the lexicon. 

In previous seasons I was able to move down half a size, last year I found that in both the tactical adv and the tactical lexicon feel like they are slightly more snug.  I’m still riding a half size down (nine vs. 9.5) in these boots, but they are tighter than my previous seasons boots. 

The lexicon is just as comfortable as the tactical adv and provides the cushioning aspects as you’d expect so you’ll get the same energy-returning properties for advanced cushioning while riding. They both provide added insulation of a standard EVA sole. Both have the instep power lacing system, and traditional laces. I’m a fan of a traditional lace system, and these laces stay tight, within reason, all day.

They both feel very similar while riding park, all mountain, and backcountry/sidecountry runs, and the binding to boot interface was identical while riding, I didn’t have to adjust my bindings between the two, which was expected. The break in period for these boots is slightly longer and even after 12 days of riding in these boots I feel they are still breaking in, the same can be said for my original tactical adv’s.

Overall Impressions:

If you prefer the style of the adidas tactical lexicons over the tactical ADV get them, there’s really no difference outside of the aesthetics. If you’re the type of rider that does it all (park, pipe, all mountain, etc.), you’re looking for a traditional lace up medium/stiff flex boot that provides great cushioning and shock absorption, and you can afford to pay a little more, this is a terrific choice. Depending on your foot size, you may be able to size down about a half size. Overall, the adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV Snowboarding Boots are super comfortable, provide amazing cushioning and shock absorption. and are a solid offering from adidas.


  • comfort
  • cushioning
  • supportive
  • Lightweight
  • stylish
  • durability/construction
  • breaks in easily


    • heal lift support can be felt during break in period
    • cost
Style:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Comfort:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Overall:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

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