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    Tourist Snowboard Boot

    From Shasta's snow-capped rim to the Eastern Sierra's remote depths, the Burton Men's Tourist Snowboard Boot is your partner in crime for skinning up the biggest, baddest peaks, then charging down with equal parts precision and poise. Speed Zone lacing tightens the upper and lower separately, allowing you to fine-tune the flex for skinning up and charging bigger lines.

    Designed in conjunction with the split gurus at Spark R&D, the Tourist Boot serves up a medium-stiff flex that's ideal for ripping down steeps, arcing soulful carves, and precarious positions where jump turns are mandatory. Most impressive, it features the most negative flex of any boot in Burton's line for less energy expenditure on the skin track. It's packed with the thermally-activated warmth of DryRide Heat Cycle lining and Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil for maximum heat retention on those icy dawn patrols and frigid overnights in the backcountry.

    Newly developed for this season, the thermo-moldable Life liner is shared with Burton's legendary Ion Boot, delivering plush support and extra resistance to breakdown. The liner's PU-embedded tongue enhances energy transfer while preventing the boot from becoming noodly soft after a season's worth of backcountry excursions.

    Looking to the midsole, the low-profile, EST-optimized design creates better board feel without sacrificing vibration dampening, courtesy of its B3 Gel and ReBounce cushioning underfoot. And because it's meant for treacherous scrambles along knife edges and bootpacks up steep chutes, Burton equipped the Tourist with a Vibram EcoStep sole, complete with rubber Ice Spikes along the toe for mastering kick-steps into crusty snow.

    • Hard-charging boot for splitboarding adventures
    • More negative flex for easier glide on the skin track
    • Speed Zone laces adjust upper and lower separately
    • Shrinkage tech reduces footprint by an entire size
    • Life liner with PU-embedded tongue and DryRide Heat Cycle
    • EST-Optimized midsole with B3 Gel and ReBounce Cushioning
    • Vibrame EcoStep sole with Ice Spikes for aggressive traction
    • Item #BUR01NS

    Tech Specs

    Responsible Collection
    Speed Zone Lacing with New England Rope laces
    Life Liner with DryRide Heat Cycle
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    Liner Closure
    Vibram EcoStep (30% recycled rubber), Rubber Ice Spikes
    Low-Profile EST Optimized with B3 gel, ReBounce cushioning
    Level 2 Molded EVA
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring, freeride
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    almost perfect

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Been riding these boots 2 seasons now both in and out of bounds. All the positive things people say about them are true. Super easy on and off, incredibly comfortable, although I felt like they needed a day or two to break in. Love to skin in them, love how they ride (excellent if you'e looking for a med stiff boot). Only problem I am starting to have is that the speed lacing system has started to fail on the top of the boot. usually have to re-tighten two or three times a day, but each instance takes no more than 10 seconds. still would be nice not to need to. otherwise 5 stars for sure.

    Comfortable mid stiff boots.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I use these boots touring and in the resort. They fit true to size. I wear 11 street shoe and got the 11 boots. They felt tight at first, but I broke them in on the first day and now they fit perfectly. Super fast and easy to take on and off and adjust. I like the medium stiffness because I can use them for everything. They feel like a normal boot in the resort. They feel responsive enough to hit steep powder lines on the cirque and all over at Snowbird. Also felt fine in the park at Brighton. They are comfortable for the tour up and ride well on the way down in the backcountry.

    Straightforward boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great fitting boot right out of the box, which I was please to see since most I've worn take at least a couple rides to break in.
    For a split boot, these boots aren't as stiff as I was expecting. However, these boots are extremely responsive and adds to the comfort.
    Overall, these are a great all around boot that can be used for more than just splitboarding and comfortable enough to wear all day.

    Simplicity Wins Out

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I tried on these boots, the K2 Aspect, Salomon Trek S-LAB, and 32 Jones MTB. I kept these and have used them for 5 days. The weight, comfort, and simplicity of these boots won me over. Compared to the others listed above, Burton really nailed these boots. It was almost comical how light and comfortable they were compared side by side to the K2 Aspect and Jones MTB. I wanted one boot for hiking, touring, resort riding, etc and I've been very happy with these so far. Haven't toured with them yet, but I've ridden semi-technical lines, park, powder, groomers, glades, etc and they've handled everything I've thrown at them. Hiked a few lines and they were great at kicking steps as they have a stiff shank. Like another reviewer said, no gimmicks here.

    Final word: @hukesnow used them to climb / ride Denali, so I think they'll be sufficient for anything I can throw at them.

    Great Boot Unless You Have a Wide Foot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I'm conflicted. I just took these for a 3-day backcountry break-in period -no heat molding :(. The trip included 22 miles and 4500 feet of climbing and descent. I loved the weight, smaller footprint (I wear a size 13) and flex of the boot. This was my first pair of split specific boots and I found edging and skinning much easier. I like the shape of the liner and how it effectively holds your heel down. My only complaint (and for me IT'S A DEAL BREAKER) is that the boots are not wide enough for my feet. My pinky toes on both feet are still numb 5 days later. My feet are wide enough that I prefer wider shoes but not insanely wide by any measure. If you have wide feet, I'd steer clear. 10 hours in a pair of boots shouldn't result in 5 days of numbness. If you have skinny or normal width feet GET THEM! They won't disappoint.

    No break-in

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Replaced my 4 year old Ion's with these. No break in needed at all. Toured in steamy Sierra conditions for 5 hours first time out and not one single hot spot. I did a DIY heat mold the day before...but still. Agree with others about the way down though. Thought my bindings loosened up at one point but they hadn't. I am gonna stick with em for a little and see how it goes.

    Great idea.....but

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So these things are super comfy on the way up, no annoying back of the boot pressing into your calf during strides, but, I feel like they ride a little too loose for me on the way down, and feel a little sloppy because of the negative flex. I’m going to try wrapping some volie straps around the negative flex zone and ride them around the resort and see if that does anything thing. Other then that, they are super burly, comfy, and I like the option to use traditional laces. Maybe a little bit heavier than my imperials. I like that people are trying to make some split specific boots.

    Best Split Boots for a Reason!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I usually wear a 10.5 size in Thirtytwo boots and I tried the same with the Tourists but found I needed the size 10 and it fit perfectly. They are stiff out of the box but once you heat mold them and ride resort or do some short tours, this boot is downright awesome as far as comfort. I wanted a boot that was low profile and responsive, I got that in this boot. I have tried a few other split specific boots and find they are bulky and some do not even have any negative flex for a bigger stride and can be a nuisance on the back of your calves while skinning. Not mentioned in the details of this is the fact that Burton has hidden eyelets for tradish laces if ever your speed laces break. I have used already on about 40 something tours this season and my speed laces are still strong, this is something I showed in my picture as well. The vibram soles are rad when boot packing and maintain traction in the spring early morning freeze. They also have a crampon heel welt and the toes are reinforced, I always find myself leading bootpacks while friends complain about their resort boots. This boot is the Burton Ion on steroids and there is a reason it gets high praise from the split community.

    If you have questions about this boot or any split gear, hit me up.

    UPDATE after 100+ days (I use this boot ONLY for tours and have a Imperial boot for resort), the boot has broken in a ton and I wouldn't say that it is sloppy as most others say, I am use to and like a mid-stiff boot and this is what this boot it. I do not like super stiff boots, other than that, the speed lace for the upper zone broke on me after two seasons on this boot. I carry the traditional laces in my pack and as I stated above, the boot those have eyelets, in case you do break the speed lace. I easily used the tradish lace for the upper zone and problem solved, called burton and they are sending me an upper zone speed lace.

    Best Split Boots for a Reason!

    Robin, not sure how I missed this but I do not feel any sloppiness in my boot on the way down. I prefer boots mid-stiff, brand new this boot felt like a 9 out of 10 but now that I have put over 100 tours in it, it feels like a 7.5 out of 10 and maybe even a 8 out of 10. Hope that helps! Have you tried them yet?

    Derek, yeah I would say the Driver X is stiffer. This boot is based on the Ion feel and flex. Once broken in, it does feel like a mid-flex boot. They are stiffer than my Imperial boots, so my own personal flex meter would say 8 out of 10 flex. The negative lean is really awesome and I haven't personally had issues with "Loose feeling" which does get negated with forward lean. I sometimes use this boot resort and can do anything. So I am going to upgrade to a Ion to see the comparison soon. If you want a stiffer boot, also check K2 aspects or Salomon Snowboards Trek S/Lab Snowboard Boot.

    The Best Splitboard Boot- No Gimmicks.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Burton Toursit the Burton Ion with a splitboard twist. It is designed for the aggressive rider who knows what he wants and is not willing to compromise.

    This boot is extremely lightweight and it is stiff. Burtons have “Shrinkage” technology, which make them the lowest profile board boots on the market. The Tourist is the Backcountry version of this. You can count on it reducing your toe and heel drag one to two inches compared to other brands. This is crucial for riders who wear a size 11+ shoe.

    I am very thankful that the shell has a fully plastic rapped toe cap, which makes it the most durable model to date. I have always destroyed the toes of my back foot boot from resting the edge of my board on it during chairlift rides. This is no longer a problem and after thirty days of riding, the boot is still good as new!

    The Vibram sole is incredibly grippy for boot packing and the negative lean feature makes hiking and skinning much more enjoyable. This is Burtons best hiking boot. I recommend it for free-riders that boot pack the side-country as much as for splitboarders. It is not a boot exclusively for splitboarders.

    The new Life Liner released this season is phenomenal. The moisture wicking material is so comfortable. This liner has tons of ventilation and is designed to breathe like no other. I have never experienced such dry comfort in a boot. This feature is essential for me, as I hike side country and do a lot of splitboarding.
    The Tourist is very comfortable. Take my word for it and slip your foot into this mastery of snowboard boot technology.

    If you have any questions on the Burton Tourist or any other snowboard boot, please contact me and I would be happy to help you.


      I got these for my fiance as a xmas gift, and she likes their responsiveness for riding along with negative flex for touring all day. So far her biggest gripes are their dual speed zone lacing system that is not as intuitive as she'd like them to be. She's yet to get them heat molded so I can't speak to how comfy they are, but so far no major blisters or hotspots.

      Ion Meets Driver X For BC Adventures

        These things are great. The Vibram sole gives traction when you need it most. The negative flex makes skinning all day a bit less effort. The flex is great for riding, but also stiff enough for sidehill skin tracks. I used to like the Ion. But, my last pair turned to mush. The Driver X was great, but sometimes you need a boot to be more forgiving. This is a great boot that gives you the best of both worlds.

        Nice and stiff, yet still comfy.

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Purchased these as a gift for my husband, and this is what he has to say:

        "Skiers say that snowboarders have it easy with how comfy our boots are. Which is true, to a degree, but touring in regular boots is far from ideal. For the last few seasons I've been touring in Burton's Ruler boot and I loved it, but they packed out before too long (thanks for nothing, entropy). So this this year I got myself the Tourist Boot and while they're still fairly new to me but I can already tell that they're going to start out more comfortable than my last pair that had a pretty brutal break in period. I'm most looking forward to the negative flex for going uphill and the stiff, more low-pro shape for going downhill. These bad boys are off to a great start."