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Speed laced support for stomping landings and sending lines.

The Burton Imperial snowboard boot is a freeride boot with freestyle sympathies. The supportive medium-stiff flex comes into its own when you're charging steeps and spinning the biggest jumps in the park, but it's forgiving enough to be comfortable all day. The Speed Zone dual zone lace system independently adjusts the lower and upper sections of the boot, so your feet won't move, and you can customization your support. Like the rest of Burton's lineup, Shrinkage technology reduces your footprint by a full boot size, and that means less toe drag. S4 shell panels in the upper free up the flex, so you don't have to sacrifice the tweakability you want for the support you need. When you overshoot a hardpack landing, the B3 Gel padding protects against heel bruises. For aggressive freeriders, or larger, more powerful freestylers, it doesn't get much better than the Imperial.

  • Dual zone Speed Zone lacing system
  • Medium-stiff flex
  • Power Up 3D molded tongue
  • Shrinkage footprint reduction technology
  • Dual-density cushioning
  • Dual Zone B3 gel padding
  • Vibram EcoStep sole

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4 5

Great Boot, Would buy again.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots Look great and perform amazing. Easy to get on fast with speed lace, and stay tight all day. I did find myself pulling them a little tighter one more time after first run of the day, just in the top lace. I ride mine Tight in the top and Medium in the lower. These boots felt like shoes when it came to walking around and when riding never hit any pressure points. Giving 4 stars only because I expected them to be a little stiffer with a rating of 7 but I would put them more around 5-6 maybe. I felt that my front boot broke in more than my rear leg as well. Guess I need to start riding switch more. Over all great boot I would buy again.
PS: I went up half a size and they fit Snug and perfect.

4 5

Different from expected, but solid still

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these boots last year and absolutely loved them. So when I shredded mine this year I figured it was an easy choice to just make a repeat purchase.

This year's model is definitely a little stiffer and snugger than last year's. Took quite a bit longer to break in, but overall still a solid boot. Tons of comfort padding underfoot and nice support in the ankle area.

Little disappointed that the boot is noticeably different from past models, but overall still happy with the purchase after about a 2 week break-in period, and I ride 6 days a week.

3 5

Good boot, just not stiff enough

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Very comfortable, almost sneaker like in walking around. Easy to get into and tighten. Smaller outer size is great for those with toe drag issues. Heel lift was marginal but definitely there, though I do have a narrow heel. Arch support from the stock insole was non existent. Which combined with the lack of support on the tongue, can cause some problems. Here is where it is not mid stiff (7/10 per Burton) at all, when you lean on the tongue as part of a toe side turn, there is zero support from the boot. May work well with certain bindings, but not mine (non Burton brand). Heel side support is fine, as is the ability to bring your knees together. Just no support though for leaning into a toe edge turn.
At least in shop try ons, the SLX (a 7/10 as well) felt stiffer in the tongue and the ION (8/10) was definitely and noticeably stiffer all around. Never tried a Hail or other softer boot to see how they compare.

4 5

Comfortable but not stiff!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Buyer beware! These boots are not stiff. The gel piece at the ankle provides way too much flex for my liking. These boots are incredibly comfortable, but I think it is a stretch to call them stiff or a 7 out of 10. I'm sure they are great for the rider looking for the mid-flex boot, but I lean towards stiff boots and these did not meet my expectations. I will be returning them for Ion's or DriverX. They fit true to size and are super comfortable just not for me.

5 5

Just awesome...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Boot is such a upgrade from my old moto's. The liner has velcro to hold the tongue stable so no shifting during riding. Have a protective cover over top of foot to help reduce pressure on top of midfoot due to bindings. The inner lace is connected to inside of boot instead of actual liner so it tightens you foot down to boot so no heel popouts. The boot is stiffer then moto's but still has some give. They are very responsive. The speedlace system is first time for me and they are sweet. Tighten up fast and stay tightened. Quick and easy. Overall happy as hell with boot. Must buy.

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Almost forgot...don't rest board on laces while riding the lift. If board cuts the laces then your riding session is over!

4 5

Responsive not Stiff

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots are by no means stiff. They are very responsive though. Very comfortable out of the box. I had to go down a 1/2 size compared to other companies. Match well with burton bindings but I had foot pain with with some other companies straps/binding. Like them a lot but concerned about how many days I will get out of them. Easiest speed lace system to tighten I have used.

5 5

Comfy, cozy, stiff.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I had the 2013 Imperial and it was perfect for my narrow foot. True to size, the 11.5 was true to what I normally wear. Toe right at the tip of the liner, fully extended with no undue pressure. I think Burton rates this at like a 5/10 on the stiffness scale, but I find these pretty snappy, as well comfortable. I'm riding aggressive all-mountain. You may want something a little more playful for the park. The lacing system works well for me. The pullstrings are a bit of a pain to deal with when you're ready to stash them, because they are really long, BUT this lets you avoid hunching all the way over to cinch up, and you can really crank on the handles. Bomber.

This year the liner is even more accommodating comfort-wise. I can wear them all day, they are great for me.

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You mention having a narrow foot. I wear W's usually in shoes (wides). Do you think this boot could be uncomfortable for me?

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Tough to say man, just depends on the particular shape of your foot. A lot of Burton boots do run on the narrow side, though. I would probably look elsewhere.

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Odd you say that.. I have a wide foot and Driver X fit me like a very nicely fitting glove.. Salomon are the brand that run on the narrow side in my experience.. But you shouldn't take any advice on boots from a forum Timothy.. go try 'em yourself - it's the only way to ensure a good fit