Hard-charging freeride favorite.
At home dropping spines in Alaska's Chugach Range? How about hucking cliffs and slaying steeps in Colorado's San Juan Mountains? Ridden by freeride pioneer Terje Haakonsen, the Burton Men's Driver X Snowboard Boot delivers the hard-charging response needed to rip the gnarliest lines on the planet. Often referred to as the stiffest boot ever produced, it's no secret that the Driver X is a favorite among freeride fanatics who spend every waking moment accessing untouched snow and seriously steep terrain.
Designed with Burton's renowned Speed Zone Lacing, the Driver X allows you to quickly and easily adjust the tightness of the upper and lower areas independently. This is especially crucial when you're hiking to lines along exposed ridgelines where fumbling with traditional laces is anything but fun. There's also an internal harness to dial-in the fit on the inside, and it easily cinches shut with the slide of the lace lock for all-day support.
Loaded with Burton's top-shelf Imprint 3X liner, the Driver X offers heat-moldable customization, should you opt for a foot-conforming fit right from the box. The liner's Tuff Cuff increases heel hold by wrapping the ankle with medial and lateral support. Additionally, the liner is treated with an Aegis anti-microbial coating to resist funky microbes through the course of the season.
Additional freeride-worthy features include the thermoplastic-reinforced PowerUp Plus Tongue that increases response when you're blasting turns down steep faces. The Level 2 Molded EVA footbed is reinforced by an ESS Support Shank, keeping your arch from collapsing when you drop huge cliffs and drops. Adding warmth on sub-zero shred days, the boot's Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil radiates body heat for all-day warmth. Add in the Driver X's snow-proof internal gusset for a boot that's ready for serious missions in the backcountry.
- Shrinkage Footprint Reduction
- Speed Zone Lacing System
- PowerUp Plus Tongue
- Imprint 3X with Tuff Cuff and Rad Pad
- Aegis Antimicrobial treatment
- Level 2 Molded EVA footbed with ESS Support Shank
- Vibram EcoStep Rubber sole with Ice Spikes
- Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil
- Snow-proof internal gusset
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Not for me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Wanted to try stiffer boots, but these are too much. No ankle flex and articulation whatsoever. Even ski boots, hard snowboard boots and hockey skates have some ankle movement. These feel more like casts. Maybe someone bigger and more powerful than me would get some flex out of them and need the support, but at 5'10", 165lbs, and size 11 I couldn't get them to budge. I did get my heels to lift. A lot. I have narrow heels, but I've tried several other Burton boots and had between no (Fiend LTD) to minimal and non-bothersome (Imperial) lift. I also usually wear a 10.5, but needed an 11 in these. They are also fairly heavy and so bulky up top that my pants without bottom zippers don't fit around them. They don't look good either and they're not particularly warm or comfortable. Gave me bruises on the front of my shins. Not a fan of speed laces either. They tighten and loosen very easily, but there isn't much (any) fine tuning, and the storage system seems like a total afterthought. Boa is better, but just give me traditional laces. Returned them and bought DC Terrain boots and couldn't be happier! Stiff but some necessary (for me) movement, cheaper, lighter, more comfortable, warmer, better heel hold, and way better looking.
If you want purely the stiffest boots, these are it. If you just want "stiff" boots, there are many, far better boots.