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Climb Hard? Ride Hard? This is your boot!
If you like to climb mountains and want a stiff, responsive, and reliable boot that will hold to the test of timewell, this is your boot! From kicking steps, to getting the support you need while skinning on your split-board, this is your boot! You can still boost huge backside 3's off 40 footers and be able stomp with steeze, (I've also rocked them in the Park and they were sick!).
Overall solid buy
Very stiff boots! It took me a good two days to figure out the lacing system. If I pulled too tight my feet fell asleep too loose my heel lifted. I am almost certain a few more days and they will be fitting perfect. The lacing system is very easy to use once you figure out the perfect setting. The boot is a little heavy than others I have owned, but the support and cushion makes up for that. Like I mentioned earlier; very very stiff.
Super Stiff Super Comfort
Super stiff boot with a lot of support. These are the stiffest boots in Burton's '06 lineup, yet they are super comfortable. They are much warmer and more comfortable than my Salomon F20s. The SpeedZone lace system is great and allows for true zonal control. I have very long narrow feet. Most boots I can get heel lift on flat ground. These boots lock your heels down, even without J bars. Unless you ride really hard, I doubt you would need the RAF plastic insert.
I'm a larger rider (only 5'5", 180lb) and have had problems with chin splints, and foot pains for the past three years. After getting the Driver X (per recommendation of others on this website) I can honestly say that I am "cured". This boot is to die for if you are slightly larger or need more support! I had a Burton Freestyle before, so I was no stranger to name-brand gear, but the Driver X is simply "amazing".
If you have gear like the Burton Custom-X and the P1 Carbon then you are in for a treat as you complete your ensemble. Its definitely worth dropping the cash for this one.
Driver X boots
Great boots, comfortable, stiff enough for the way I ride. Only complaint is that when I went to tighten the inner Velcro strap it ripped out of the liner.
Well I just snowboarded a Glacier in Austria and must say that these boots were great. Feet were super dry but a little sore around the shin area due the boot being very stiff.
The boots were great the first day, but the hook-and-loop closure straps broke off the liner after one day boarding! Granted Burton has said they will replace them, but I have to ship them to Vermont now after just one day of use. What the hell?
At first this boot was super tight and stiff, but very quickly packed out allowing for heel lift even once the jbars were in place. The new lacing system doesn't seem to pull in the top of the boot or hold down the heel for me. With normal lacing you could make things tight and loose where you wanted them. There is no response when turning laterally in the boot unless your flying and then I feel like I am riding on a tightrope, because of the amount of play with the soft materials used in the liner and jbars. I also feel like there is way too much movement when trying to lean toeside before the things kick in. Liked the driver from 2 years ago way better.
Burton Driver x 2005
Great stiff bootonly one complaint so far.
The top strap on the inner boot lining was stitched onto the liner so poorly it ripped off the first time I tightened it. I did a little sewing to get it back on but come on Burton! This was a really cheap attachment for expensive boots that are supposed to be top of the line.
Buy these only if you want to feel like you are in ski boots.
It sure is.
Yeah they're stiff, just confirming it. If you get these boots, have them customized, the feeling is like night and day. You can get it done at any certified Burton retailer.
Big man, this is your boot
As other reviewers have noted, this is one stiff boot, but if you're a bigger guy (I'm 6'0 200lb) and go at it pretty hard, the responsiveness and support are unbeatable. If you buy 'em, try riding without the plastic inserts, theyre much more comfortable, more all-mountain and still loads of support!! I highly recommend these kicks.
Stiff, stiff, stiff
As stated above the boots are stiff. First put in a movie. Next put on your boots they will be uncomfortable so for the first 30 minutes to one hour, just like ski boots. Once you get used to them, then put the J bars in and prepare for another hour of ski-boot-like pressure. Now go to the resort and get ready for the most responsive boot you have ever used.
Test Ride First!
Very comfortable boot and looks awesome! However, test ride them first before you buy. They are extremely stiff! Ski boot stiff is the best word to describe them. Do not buy if you have any intentions of going at a slow pace. I sent mine back because I could not take how stiff they were. Very little lateral movement could be done. Test ride them first to make sure they are for you.
Did I mention FIRM?
These are all great features of the Driver. The only downside is the price. If you told me 5 years ago that I would drop that on a boot, I would have died. Get them if you ride a lot and ride fast. Dont bother if you are solely into freestyle. I ride backcountry 90% of the time and need a solid firm boot. Rock them if you can.