Photon Boa Snowboard Boot
Based off of Burton's Imperial Boot, the Burton Photon Boa Snowboard Boot dials-in a precise, ultra-powerful fit with its Dual Zone Boa closure, along with New England Ropes for a more natural flex and feel. The Dual Zone Boa with Lockdown Tech provides a truly custom fit on the slopes by independently tightening over different zones. Keep the upper slightly looser and the lower tighter for a bit more freedom or tighten both for the utmost in power and precision. Lockdown Tech eliminates lift along the Achilles and heel, ensuring you're locked into the boot when you're carving at high speeds and charging steeps.
The Imprint 3 liner features an optional J-Bar interface for extra heel hold, should you opt for the most locked-down fit and feel. This thermo-moldable liner provides a custom fit without nasty pressure points. Cushioning your feet from cliff drops, choppy snow, and high-speed vibration, the boot's B3 Gel Cushioning dissipates impact and vibration from fatiguing your feet. The low-profile EST Midsole lowers the boot's profile, boosting board feel for higher levels of control. Additionally, the rugged Vibram EcoStep features rubber Ice Spikes for tenacious traction when you're traversing iced-over parking lots and climbing steep terrain.
- Precise and powerful boot for freeride and powder
- Stiff flex serves up powerful energy transfer
- Dual Zone Boa independently tightens upper and lower zones
- Burton's Lockdown tech wraps ankle to eliminate heel lift
- New England Ropes offer a more natural flex than steel cables
- Imprint 3 liner with a heat-moldable fit to eliminate discomfort
- Vibram EcoStep rubber sole with Ice Spikes for extra traction
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- Q & A
I tried 3 different boots, keeping these
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I need a new set of boots, and I was excited to see multiple brands with sizes explicitly for wide feet. I ordered a pair of these Burtons, a pair of Salomon Dialogues, and a pair of K2 Maysis. (Note that the Salomons and K2's are about $80 less than these Burtons.) Tonight I tried them all on for a while around the house.
TLDR; I'm going with these Burton's. I wrote reviews for the other two as well, if you're interested.
These boots have everything I was looking for.
First, the 2 boa adjustments for the top and bottom of the outer boot. I have these on my current (played out) boots and I use them independently quite a bit. I keep them both tight for step/scary stuff. But for more relaxed riding or park riding, I keep the bottom half mostly tight, and loosen the tops up to allow for more bending at the ankle. And, while the K2's have 2 boa controls, one is for the whole outer boot (the other is for an inner heal cuff), so you can't tweak the top/bottom independently.
The sole on these is appropriately "aggressive". These Burtons will do well hiking or even walking around on hard-pack.
Burton described these boots as "stiff" which originally made me think they'd be too stiff for me... but they're really not that stiff. Solid, but not uncomfortable.
And, all in all, these were by far the most comfortable boots.
The only concern I have is the "New England Ropes" laces. These replace the stainless steel wire commonly used with Boa setups. There's no way these "ropes" will be as durable as the wires, and they don't provide you with a spare set to keep in your pocket (and I can't find them online anywhere). Time will tell on these.
But, these boots have all the right features, they feel like they'll be great all-mountain boots (stiff, but not too stiff) and they're _really_ comfortable.