Take the wheel.
At home dropping spines in Alaska's Chugach Range? How about hucking cliffs and slaying steeps in Colorado's San Juan Mountains? A favorite of freeride pioneer Terje, the Burton Men's Driver X Snowboard Boot provides the hard-charging response needed to rip the gnarliest lines on the planet. Often referred to as the stiffest boot ever produced, it's no secret that the Driver X is a favorite among freeride fanatics who spend every waking moment accessing untouched snow and seriously steep terrain.
Constructed with Burton's renowned Speed Zone Lacing, the Driver X allows you to quickly and easily adjust the tightness of the upper and lower areas independently. This is especially crucial when you're hiking to lines along exposed ridgelines where fumbling with traditional laces is anything but fun. There's also an internal harness to dial-in the fit on the inside, and it easily cinches shut with the slide of the lace lock for all-day support.
Boasting Burton's top-shelf Imprint 3X liner, the Driver X offers heat-moldable customization, should you opt for a foot-conforming fit right from the box. And with Total Comfort Construction, there's no uncomfortable break-in period. The liner's Tuff Cuff increases heel hold by wrapping the ankle with medial and lateral support. Additionally, the liner is treated with an Aegis antimicrobial coating to resist the growth odor-causing microbes through the course of the season.
Let's not forget the rest of the freeride-worthy features, such as the thermoplastic-reinforced PowerUp Plus Tongue that increases response when you're blasting turns down steep faces. The Level 2 Molded EVA footbed cushions heavy drops and smooths out the ride in rough terrain. The sole is reinforced by an ESS Support Shank to keep your arch from collapsing when you drop huge cliffs and drops. Adding warmth on sub-zero shred days, the boot's Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil reflects body heat back to your foot for all-day warmth. Add in a rugged Vibram EcoStep outsole with rubber ice spikes for traction on the sketchiest slopes, and you have a boot that's ready for serious missions in the backcountry.
- Aggressive support for the burliest terrain in the world
- PowerUp PLus Tongue boosts overall response
- Thermo-moldable liner conforms to your foot's shape
- Tuff Cuff enhances heel hold for lateral support
- SpeedZone cinches down a secure fit in seconds
- Reflective foil and Heat Cycle lining boost warmth
- Vibram rubber outsole grips in no-fall zones
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- Q & A
Ride fine but low quality construction
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
They're comfortable, they ride fine, but DO NOT BUY if you need them to last. Two pairs fell apart on me within 10-15 days of riding each. The stitching quality is horrible, which is incredibly disappointing given their high price point. Look elsewhere if you're looking for a reliable boot.
I purchased the Driver X boots in Dec. 2016 looking for a stiff, rugged boot for all-mountain riding in the resort and the backcountry. For reference, I rode 70 total days between the winter and summer combined, with about 50/50 backcountry/resort. Within 10 days of riding the first pair, the stitching began falling apart on the tongue pull and along the edge of the lace system. Backcountry.com was amazing and gave me a new pair without any questions. The new pair lasted ~15 days before the stitching began coming apart. Then I put in 30 days with them in South America; they proceeded to fall apart completely. The lacing system on one boot completely ripped away from the boot body. As a result, they couldn't tighten and let in water. I am extremely disappointed in Burton. I understand that boots these days aren't made to last many seasons, but having them fail within 10-15 days is unacceptable. How can you charge $400 for a boot that won't last? I wouldn't take a new pair for free. Avoid these boots if you're looking for anything sturdy and long-lasting.