Ever heard the phrase 'strap on your gnar boots'? Well, these are those boots.
- Removable tongue insert lets the rider custom-tune the boot's flex: Choose between 'that's stiff' and 'holy shit, that's really stiff'
- Speed Zone zonal lacing tightens the upper and lower boot independently with the yank of a cord
- Rad Pad eliminates pressure points at sensitive instep area
- Total Comfort construction means the boot feels great out of the box—no more pain-filled break-in times
- Vibram EcoStep sole is outrageously grippy, and also made with 30% recycled material
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Great for hiking
If you do alot of hiking in the winter these boots are awesome. They grip rocks well and are nimble in tight spaces. Sizing is correct, I did go for a 10.5 (I'm usually an 11) anticipating "pack out". After about 30 days on snow the toe box did pack out nicely but the lateral flex around the ankles also packed out making it difficult to get my bindings tight enough.
Choice Freeride Boot
Whilst I am skeptical of the quality of some of burtons softgoods (most notably gloves - I have returned 2 pairs, grrrr - never again), this certainly doens't extend to the driver X boots. They are the BC boot of choice for me. I have the 2009 version and have chalked up about 50-60 days on these boots and I have to say the build quality is really good. Most recently they survived a 3 day trip in the Mt Cook backcountry (NZ) which involved not just riding, skinning and bootpacking, but a fair bit of rock hopping, gravel tracks and roads. The soles are that hard rubber vibram stuff and they offer quite good grip when bootpacking in icy conditions. The grip extends up on the toes and makes it easier to kick in steps when it's steeper and firmer.
Compared to my previous boots (32 prospects) they are much more moulded to my foot shape, in particular they mould the tops of my feet better and I get a much better response on a heelside turn as I tilt my feet up.
Obviously they are really stiff and offer a great response, but they are a little on the heavy side. They don't seem to have loosened up over time much.
My friend has a pair and complains the liners are fiddly to re-insert, but it's just a matter of taking your time and loosening up the boot properly. The speed lacing is great, I will never go back to laces. Although I guess it's a bummer if you snap one and you are not near a repair shop. They have some L shaped velcro inserts on the outside of the liners if you have problems with heel lift, but I have never needed them.
If you are a freerider who loves the bc and splittin you will be tossing up between these and the Salomon Malamutes.
Total Comfort Tech
Just out da box
First impressions are good. Just picked up a pair at the backcountry.com warehouse, and from initial try-on and walk around, things feel great. Super comfy and definitely stiffer than the floppy 5 year-old Northwaves I just tossed out the window (R.I.P). Colors are accurate to the photo on this page, if you're that kind of picky, and the Vibram soles are pretty sick.
Can't wait to report on the performance of these beasts... come on La Nina, we're all waiting.