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Imperial Snowboard Boot
Assert regal authority over an alpine kingdom of fresh glades, stacked pillows, and steep chutes with the Burton Imperial Snowboard Boot. Fine-tuned with a highly responsive flex, the Imperial offers the stability and precise board control desired for charging down intimidating faces and tight tree runs. Taking design cues from Burton's top-flight SLX Boot, the Imperial's S4 shell panels resist breakdown for a consistent flex throughout the course of the season.
The Imprint 3 liner maintains high levels of support, ensuring a dialed fit from first chair 'til last. This thermo-moldable liner offers a truly custom fit by conforming to the shape of your foot for superb comfort. The Focus Cuff hugs the sweet spot around your ankle, preventing dreaded heel lift from sapping energy transmission to your board. For lasting freshness, the Aegis antimicrobial finish prevents the growth of funky microbes after long days on the mountain.
Looking to the boot's midsole, EST Optimized tech provides a low-profile feel for increased sensory feedback when you're driving into carves and blasting off natural drops. To compensate for the thinner midsole, B3 gel cushioning soaks up heavy landings and excess vibration from fatiguing your lower body. And because it's meant for off-piste exploration, the Vibram EcoStep sole features rubber Ice Spikes for sure-footed grip across sketchy snow and treacherous terrain.
- Powerful all-mountain boot primed for conquering the steep and deep
- Aggressive flex delivers exceptional response and support
- Speed Zone lacing system for quick customization
- Imprint 3 liner is heat-moldable for perfect fit
- Firm Flex PowerUP tongue enhances energy transfer
- Total Comfort Construction feels broken-in from day one
- Sleeping Bag reflective foil keeps heat from escaping
- New England Ropes are laces backed up by lifetime warranty
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I got these to replace some old Burton's and I have to say that it feels nice to put on some fresh boots. These feel like high quality but may takes some time to break them in. Overall, happy with the feel and support of these boots.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Burton Imperials are by far the best boots out there for any freerider-focused rider. They are extremely comfortable, a medium-stiff flex which offers a ton of response and support, and are even great to tour in! I usually prefer traditional laces, but the Speedzone laces really grew on me and are easy to get in and out of your boots.
One of the best things about Burton boots is the footprint-reduction tech, or "shrinkage", which limits the profile of the boot 1 full size down from a traditional boot. It's great for riders in the 10+ range that may have toe or heel drag issues. I ride a 10.5 and have never had drag issues and fit into size M bindings from Union or Burton with no problems.
I would recommend getting your normal size, and would opt to get them heat molded at a ski shop. It took about 10 days of riding to get them fully broken in without heat molding them.
I'm looking for boots to use for hiking up backcountry terrain with my snowshoes then boarding down (I'll get a splitboard someday...) Would these be a good pick for that sort of an adventure?
Thanks for the inquiry, Megan! Yeah those boots should work out well for you. With the exception of the ThirtyTwo Jones MTB Snowboard Boot, there aren't many snowboard boots out there with a legitimate walk mode. So most snowboard boots will work well for Backcountry use. However these are specifically designed with the backcountry in mind and have rubber ice spikes for added traction when hiking. You may not need that feature in conjunction with snowshoes but to answer your question in short, yes, these are backcountry boots.