The support you need to charge full-speed.
- Shrinkage Footprint Reduction technology takes a full size off the shell without compromising liner fit
- RX Adjustable Cushioning lets you choose between damp or cushy to fit the conditions and your personal preference
- Speed Zone lacing independently tightens the boot's forefoot and cuff for a dialed fit without the hassle - just pull and go
- Low-pro EST Midsole puts you closer to your bindings for increased board feel
- Outer Shell Pressure Relief Panel uses strategically placed soft gel to ease pain from tight binding straps
- Power Spine backstay ensures reliable support during aggressive heelside carves
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Great comfort and functionality, but not durable
I bought the 2009-2010 version last year and really liked the fit (size 13) and functionality of these boots. I liked the lower profile of the boot compared to other brands (I believe Burton dubs this "Shrinkage"), which allowed me to purchase a board with a slightly thinner profile than the typical wide board. Getting the boots on my feet and tightened is a breeze as well.
Not durable whatsoever. After the first 4-5 days of wearing the boots my bindings had taken significant chunks out of the heel area (I ride with Union Force SLs). After two seasons the sole of the boot is becoming detached from the boot itself. Granted, I am a 30 days a year rider, and I ride harder than most people, but for $400 I expected a lot more as far as durability is concerned. My last pair of Northwave boots lasted 6 seasons (about 150 days on the hill)
I have the Burton Sabbath boots and the Ions. The Ions are quit as comfy inside as the sabbath's but are so much faster and compact that they are just more convenient to use, so they are usually the boot that goes with me most of the time. Both are great boots.
I could not be happier. The step up between these Ions and my old Rulers is incredible! Almost as nice as stepping up from Sorels with a scavanged ski boot liner stuffed inside to the Rulers.
Based on the Burton flex scale, I was worried these would be too stiff. I ordered new Rulers (my old Rulers were nearly a decade old) in the same size for comparison and fell in love with the Ion. The Ion is slightly stiffer... but it's also a much more progressive flex compared to the Ruler.
I went a half size down from my street shoe size of 10.5... could have possibly gotten away with a full size down. I wore the size 10's in extreme discomfort all day at work on Thursday, hoping they would pack out enough for a FridaySunday Mammoth trip. By the end of the first day they were comfy... by the end of the trip, almost TOO comfy... wondering if I should have gone with a 9.5 to eliminate ALL wiggle room.
Mush after 40 days
So I had to put these puppies in the closet after about 40 days of riding. Why? Mush. After only a month and a half of daily riding these boots went from an 8/10 stiffness to a 3/10. No joke, I can literally grab the heel and toe of the boot and bend the sole in half without even straining myself. I have since bought some Driver X's and they seem to be holding out well, although I will hold my review of those till the end of the season. If you only ride 10 days a year, buy some Ions, but if you are a regular to the mountains then get something else unless you want mushy park boots after 40 days.
I picked up a pair of Ions because of all the reviews that explicitly call out how stiff they are, and that couldn't be further from the truth. The tongue and upper cuff of these boots appear to be made out of a jello-like substance, and will not support anyone's ankle through any kind of big landing. I was really looking for something I could charge hard in, and that is most definitely not this boot.
Another observation for anyone interested: The internal J-bars that are intended for heel grip are extremely mushy. I have a narrow heel to begin with, and no matter what kind of pressure I put on the liner, I couldn't get the floppy foam to grip my heel.
They are fantastically comfortable though, so, bonus points for that, I guess?
I am mondo size 24.8..what size should i...
I am mondo size 24.8..what size should i get?
I want to say that you are a size 7 in mens. I would get the boot and send it back if it doesn't fit.
I've been riding for about 8 years now, and with my previous pairs of boots I was never really all that happy.
This year's Ions changed all that. Solid boot, very comfortable, and quite stiff, which is great for transferring power from your feet into the board. I was a bit worried about my wide feet, but I've had no problems whatsoever. Not as pricey as the SLX, which is also a plus, but I still wish they were a little bit cheaper. Speed Zone is something you either love or hate- for me, I've been liking the fit and being able to save a few minutes here and there putting on my boots.
They start to pack out after a couple days, which is definitely nice; I've been holding off new boots for a while just because my old pairs took so long to break in.
The Imprint 4 liner is designed to hold together with age and use, and while that seems true so far, only time will tell.
Like I said, only real con is the price. But if you really want I good boot that won't totally decimate your wallet, I think the Ion is one of the best boots on the market.
Speed Zone is Terrible
This boot is great with the exception if the Speed Zone technology. After only 9 times of riding with this boot, it is no longer functional. Unfortunately, the lower half of the boot is very susceptible to getting torn up by the edge of your board; resulting in the lacing system to be torn out, (YES...TORN OUT). After resting my board on my boot (which I see just about every rider doing), the board slowly cut into the lower half of the lacing system, resulting in it lacing system being completely ripped out when I tightened boot.
I would say this may have been a bad boot, but the exact same thing happened to my Burton SL-10 boot. When I called Burton for a replacement, they told me it was preventable so it was not covered under their warranty. Since most riders rest their board on their boot on the chair lift, I think it would be safe to say that Burton needs to modify the boot to prevent this. Maybe they should place a piece of plastic of the lacing system, but something needs to be done.
I also wanted to mention that I saw a few other riders on the mountain with the Burton IONs, and they had Duct Tape wrapped around the lower half of their boot. When I asked why they put tape on their boot and they told me they were having the same exact problem with the lacing getting cut into. Seems like Burton needs to get their R&D team fix this problem especially since they charge $400.00 for this boot!
Out of the box these boots are super stiff so expect some pains while breaking them in. Once they're broken in though, they're pretty hard to beat! I can't add much more than one the other guys below said, but I'm extremely happy with this purchase!!!
Just got a pair of 11's and am debating...
Just got a pair of 11's and am debating on stepping it down due to packout. I only getout maybe 20 times a year if that.
What are the thoughts out there? Should I get 10.5's and hate half a year if my riding or deal with some what comfy boots that may loosen up over time?
What size of show do you wear? Burton boots are 1:1 lasting, this means that they make boots to be the same as shoe sizes. If you are true 10.5 then get the 10.5, if you are an 11 then stick with the 11. Ions will pack out just a bit bot not that much. If you are worried about it then run the 10.5
This is all about feel. Get the size where your toes are touching the end but not jammed up in there. If they fit like this then the pack out won't matter too much. You definitely don't wanna crowd your toes tho and you DON'T want them to be loose when you buy them.
Just picked up a pair of these...
Just picked up a pair of these and they are sweet!
Just wondering which pad you guys prefer... gel or air?
I would say gel. I like get a lot better. Try both, one each day and decide what feels better to you.
Just got these and they seem super sweet,...
Just got these and they seem super sweet, and are my first new pair of boots in many years. My old boots were quite a bit less stiff, and on my first day riding these I basically got thrown around, and had a hard time transitioning from heelside edge to toe side. Seemed pretty weird as I've never had that issue in over 15 years of riding snowboards. So my question is is this to be expected with a new/stiff boot and will these break in to be more responsive/flexy as time goes on? I'm mostly riding a Jones Hovercraft in pow/all mtn conditions. Or will I just have to adjust my riding style? Thanks for any input.
Otherwise I love the boots.
This is pretty weird, The Ion is a great stiff boot. This will only help your toe to heel response. I don't see how they would make it harder, only easier. Was this the first time on the Hovercraft? Did you adjust your bindings? This is the first time I've heard someone say they had this problem. Give it another shot and let us know.
Thanks Lyman. 2nd time on the Hover, and had my old boots the first day out. Definitely did not have the same issue then but noticed that I'd probably need to tweak the binding angles/locations a little. During the first day with Ion's I made some binding adjustments during the day with only minor improvements. I'll do more experimenting next day out and report back.
Toe to Heel was actually no problem, it was heel to toe transitions that wouldn't go through easily. Instead of going into the toe edge it would lock in forward and take off straightline. It's probably a combo of breaking in boots, dialing bindings and riding this setup a little differently than I'm used to.
So I bought the 11.5 and 12 just to be...
So I bought the 11.5 and 12 just to be safe - the 12 looks to be the ticket...but, the inside left boot has a pressure point that seems to be related to either the tongue or part of the boot's construction. I have not ridden in them; should the pressure point be a concern at this point, or should I ride them and see if that goes away once they pack some?
Wear them around your house and break them in, there shouldn't be any pressure points. Break them in for a bit and you should be all good.
I wear a 12 shoe. Should I get the 11.5,...
I wear a 12 shoe. Should I get the 11.5, or 12? And, will these boots work with the Burton Cartel (not EST version) binding
These boots will work with whatever binding you have especially the Burton Cartel. If you are a true size 12 then get a 12. Burton boots are 1 to 1 lasting, so a 10 foot size is a 10 boot size.
I strongly disagree. If you plan on riding any more than 15 days, like real 8 AM to 4 PM days... then you definately want to go a size down for when the boots pack out. I am a solid size 11.5 (12 in roomy kicks) and my size 11 boots were too big after only 14 days out. They still work but I am already experiencing heel lift (while using the J-bars.) Another two weeks on the snow and these boots will pack out too much. I am selling them and squeezing my 11.5 foot into a size 10. Just gonna heat mold the linings and ride sore feet for a few days and then they will be perfect. Better fit = better control. If you only ride 5 days a season then dont go that small cause they will not pack out for 4 years.
I normally ride a 9.5 Salomon boot, and...
I normally ride a 9.5 Salomon boot, and ride a 10 skate shoe (supra, nike sb) should i be alright with the 9.5 ion? or should i go to a 10?
I would go with the 9.5, stop by any shoe store and measure you feet. If you are a true 10 then get the 10. If you are a 9.5 then get the 9.5. I think the 9.5 will be the right size though.
Stiff as a Rock
These booty are comfortable, light, and well constructed. Once your locked in your legs will rip off before your feet eject from you boots. These boots are stiff as a rock (o wear them around the house to soften them up a little before heading to the mountain), but its a great boot, to binding, to board integration. I have Burton C02 bindings, Ion boots, and K2 Slayblade and it's an awesome setup.
i have never tried any burton boots before,...
i have never tried any burton boots before, i wonder if the size is similar to normal shoe size? because currently i own an other brand boots, and the size is much bigger than my shoes size, ie i normally wear shoe size 10 but the boot was 11.5, however it fits me...
could you advise if i normally wear sport shoes size 10, should i buy the same size of this boots please? or i should buy a bigger one? thanks a lot.
Burton is 1:1 lasting, this means that whatever you shoe size is, that is your boot size.
I wear a size 9.5 shoe and a 9 in these boots because you want your toes to touch the end of the boot liner as your foot gets pulled back when you strap into you bindings.
Lyman is right, Burton boots are 1:1, buy your shoe size, don't go any smaller.
Will these IONS size 10.5 fit Malavita EST...
Will these IONS size 10.5 fit Malavita EST 2011 LARGE binding?
Because of the tray size of the EST pad, You should ride the Medium EST bindings, these boots also have shrinkage technology to slim the boot down. The medium will be the right size.
Apple of my Eye-on
This boots rocks. Its super commfy and hold your heels in place like a charm. The speed zone lacing system rocks as well. Gives you the feel of traditional laces but with a lot more quickness. If you have boot problems like I have had this boot is for you
Ferrari of boots
These boots are loaded with tech features for the dude who loves to mob down groomers and do big technical lines. This year Burton added EST-optimized midsoles which eliminate the forward ramp in the boot and allow you to stand more flat footed. The benefits of this are that you get a more balanced underfoot stance while riding and better board feel....think skate shoe made for going mach ten off a big cliff