how does thirtytwo's sizing compare to...
how does thirtytwo's sizing compare to burton's. my old boots are size 9, would it be the same?
The men's boots are about the same in size so I recon it would be the same for women's. They do however have different fit (the 32 is a bit wider with more room for your toes) so I'd recommend trying one on before buying.
I was choosing between the Burton Ion and the 32 Ultralight when I bought mine. They felt quite similar. The 32 has room for a "custom fit" toe program so they are a bit more roomy in the front. A boot like this with heat molding will in any case adapt quite nicely to your foot so there is no problem with going .5 size down from a loos fitting boot. For comparison I use 9.5 in Burton, 32 and DC.
Both Burton and 32 has excellent build quality that last many seasons. Most 32 will hover get softer faster than most Burton. I personally feel you get more bang for your buck with the 32.
I wear a 32 size 5, and a burton size 6. It depends on the model you are trying on, because the toe box can make or break a size depending on your foot shape. 32 does fit quite a bit wider, but not as drastically for girls as they are for guys.