seriously, awesome boots. light, grippy (vibram) & supportive but flexy. this is my second pair. had 2010-11s. first pair developed creases and tore on the toe boxes from ratcheting in the cap strap (burton custom bindings) and walking on bootpacks. this brand new pair is doing the same thing, but hasn't torn open yet. love these boots, but want to see the crease issue resolved. I guide in these boots at a well known lift-served backcountry ski area and heli op, so I realize I am hard on them. driver x's are too stiff for my style, and the ions are out of my budget. I'll up my rating to 5 when burton takes back my 2010-11 burton imperials, which I'm sure they will.
great out-the-box fit. after 10 days, wish i'd downsized a half size. around the same time, side boa popped off, but popped back in. the boa does a nice job locking the foot in...unfortunately, it does a nice job destroying the stitching of the shell. both of my boots have pulled apart on the lateral side of the foot box. the boots still ride okay; besides the snow that packs in. i'll use some duct tape to get me through until i can get them back to the retailer...i'm at about day 45 on these boots this season.
i've been riding a 61 and 65 in the 26cm (med) waist this season @ silverton mtn. very tough board. i've also had the opportunity to ride the negative camber edition that will come out next year...even better! gets the job done in the pow with the softer nose, but also very solid under foot in steep, variable conditions. the tapered tail makes it very whippable in the trees. the storm is the model used for venture's splitty. can't wait to get one of those. i've tried a couple out... and if it weren't for the voile plates, i doubt i'd even know i was on a splitty.