Slash powder like it's your divine right.
Fine-tuned with a highly responsive flex for cruising open bowls, sending cliffs, and slashing pow-filled glades, the Burton Imperial Men's Snowboard Boot caters to freeride enthusiasts seeking challenging terrain and untracked lines. Taking inspiration from Burton's top-shelf SLX Boot, the Imperial features incredibly resilient S4 shell panels that resist breakdown for a consistently tuned flex throughout the entire season. And like all of Burton's boots, there's the benefit of Shrinkage Footprint Reduction, which reduces the boot's footprint by a full size for less drag (especially if you're sized 10.5 +).
Loaded with Burton's Imprint 3 liner, the Imperial maintains high levels of comfort and support, ensuring a dialed fit from first chair until last. This thermo-moldable liner can be heat molded straight from the box or worn throughout the course of the season for a foot-conforming fit. You'll find supportive additions, such as optional J-Bars, as well as Burton's Focus Cuff, both of which hug the sweet spot around your ankle to prevent response-sapping heel lift. Additionally, the Imprint 3 liner features an Aegis antimicrobial treatment to prevent the build-up of smelly microbes.
Looking to the boot's midsole, you'll instantly notice its low-profile look and feel. The Imperial leverages an EST-optimized midsole for a more skate-like ride. This low-profile midsole, which stands for Extra Sensory Technology, drops the boot's overall height for better feel underfoot and instantaneous response. Balancing out its lowered profile, B3 Gel padding cushions harsh landings and high-speed chatter, especially when you're charging steeps and variable, bumped-up snow.
Rounding things out, the premium Vibram EcoStep sole is made of 50% recycled material. This high-quality sole is great for backcountry riders boot-packing just beyond the resort's boundaries or skinning on their split setup, thanks to tenacious traction provided by Ice Spikes along the toe for sure-footed grip on steep terrain. Moreover, Burton placed heat-retaining Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil for fiery warmth in the most frigid conditions imaginable.
- Speed Zone lacing
- Shrinkage Footprint Reduction
- S4 shell panels
- Imprint 3 liner with Aegis antimicrobial
- Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil
- EST midsole with B3 Gel padding
- Vibram EcoStep sole (50% recycled)
- Rubber Ice Spikes along toe
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- Q & A
Great freeride & all-mtn boots
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought these for my husband. His review...these are great boots for free-ride and all-mtn riding. They are more on the stiff side, which is great for freeride, but not as stiff as some other Burton boots like the Driver X so they are still a good all-mtn boot too. I have found them to be lightweight, warm, and reasonably comfortable. Speed zone lacing is really easy to use. The footprint reduction is real. I wear size 11.5 and I am able to ride a narrower board than I was ever able to ride before (they work on a 254 waist board). There are a few higher end features you'll get with the most expensive Burton boots, but the differences are slight. These are a great value.
Don't size up
boots will pack out eventually but if you size up you will get really bad heel lift.
third time out riding and now they feel like a dream
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These boots are magical! Okay, well not really, but they truly are awesome. They don't have an aggressive forward lean, which is the first thing I look for in a boot. The stiffness is perfect for that person that loves to rip big lines, but still likes a little playfulness to their boot. The vibram sole is a great addition when you're standing on those knife edge ridges and really need that extra grip. Lastly, these things are sooo light! If you're a splitboarder, like myself, these are the boots to get.
PS - size up a half size!
I 2nd the SIZE UP
I just got these in the mail. My initial opinion is they feel light and sturdy quality. However, I wear either a 13 or 14 in ALL shoes and boots. I got these in a 14 and my toes are completely curled up in the end. Definitely size up.
I'll update my review when I get the 15s and get a few long days in them.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These are my initial thoughts on the Imperials, as they're not fully broken in yet. Only ridden twice, and they're still quite stiff. They'll break-in to my desired mid-stiff flex range over time - I'll update my review accordingly.
First off, you'll notice how darn light these are. Great for riding all day long without the fatiguing feel of heavier, bulkier boots. Next, their footprint reduction is amazing! Seriously, my size 11 boot doesn't have the toe or heel drag I'd normally experience with the competition's bulkier offerings.
I would recommend going for your regular shoe size, even though they're a bit on the snug side. Reason being, they'll break down over time, expanding by a 1/4 to a 1/2-size as you ride anywhere from 60-100 days in them. If you go for a super-comfy fit straight from the box you'll probably experience excess slop and heel lift down the road as things loosen up and break down. I've been riding Burton boots for the better part of the last decade and they always get a bit more roomy- unless you're rocking the top-of-the-line Infinite Ride liners found in the Ions.
The Vibram outsole is a nice departure from my Rampant's blown EVA sole. Makes for plenty of grip across icy parking lots and demanding bootpacks. There's still a well-cushioned feel, especially along the heel where gel padding resides.
The boot seems to be much stiffer than my Rampant's shell, probably due to the S4 shell panels. This means it'll last much longer as I use and abuse 'em throughout the season. As such, you should expect the break-in period to take longer than usual (what I'm experiencing at the moment!). Have some other boots handy for epic powder days, as you'll have a tough time properly flexing these at first. You could also choose to heat mold them, but I prefer to break-in my boots solely through riding for the best possible fit.
Otherwise, these seem super-burly and tough, and the updated Speed Zone lacing is impeccable. Super easy to achieve a dialed fit along the upper and lower zones independently.
I'll have an updated review once I've put these through the ringer- probably after another 20+ days on the mountain.
- Update - 2/26- after 6- 7 full days on-snow.
These are finally broken-in! Holy crap, I had no idea they'd take so long to break-in- realize this before buying and going on a big trip (might want to bring other boots until they're fully broken in). I had the worst pressure points on the outer sides of my feet until I properly flexed-in the outer shell panels. My foot was also cramped initially. However, all these problems are resolved now that the boot has been ridden approximately 40-50-hours on groomers and steeps. I would give these 5/5 stars now, thanks to their responsive feel and great heel cushioning. They also hold my feet very well (I have super-wide feet) without any pinching or pressure points.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These boots are very light and even more comfortable they also are very responsive just make sure you size up I normally where a size 13 or 14 nike shoe but in these I had to go with 15... it must be burtons whole gimmick of shrinkage... they say the footprint is a size smaller but really the whole boot is just a size smaller