Pillage the steep and deep.
Taking inspiration from snowboarding's golden era, the Burton Men's Viking Snowboard Boot is a re-engineered freeride classic that's based off Terje's iconic boot from '98. Dialed-in with a hard-charging, medium-stiff flex, the Viking lives for pillaging steeps and slashing powder, yet its innovative lacing system allows you to ride it all over the mountain, from jumps to high-consequence cliff lines.
You'll find traditional laces for a truly customizable fit over the boot's cuff and forefoot. However, truly unique to the Viking is a Speed Zone Lock N' Load system that cinches over the mid-foot, cranking down heel hold for high-stakes lines where every bit of response is crucial. This system also allows you to take the Viking through the park. Simply loosen the boot's laces for a softer flex and crank down the Lock N' Load pull tab to keep your heels from lifting.
Venturing inside this versatile boot, the Infinite Ride 4 Liner is astonishingly plush and warm, thanks to its DryRide Heat Cycle Lining. This innovative lining uses heat-activated carbon threads to radiate warmth back into the boot, instead of letting heat escape through the liner and shell. Additionally, the boot's EST Optimized Midsole has B3 Gel cushioning for a supremely damp ride when you're dropping cliffs and sending big kickers. There's also a Vibram EcoStep sole with a tenacious tread pattern. This helps you retain balance over technical boot packs in the backcountry and icy park lots at the resorts.
- Traditional laces with Speed Zone Lock N' Load
- Footprint Reduction Technology
- Firm Flex PowerUp Tongue
- Level 2 Molded EVA footbed
- Infinite Ride 4 Liner with DryRide Heat Cycle lining
- EST Optimized Midsole with B3 Gel cushioning
- Vibram EcoStep sole (30% recycled rubber)
- Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil
- Item #BUR00KG
- Q & A
I like this boot. It's comfy, it's warm, it's stiff and responsive. No real complaints. I've used it probably 20-30 days so they are sill basically new. And that has been all resort or cat skiing so no hard use. The stitching has started to fray so I am not thrilled with the durability. I saw a review of this seasons (2015/2016) that showed major fraying and ripping and I could see how that would happen with very hard use in the back country--but so far no real quality issues for me. I like laces. They are fixable in the back country. I love that I can get this boot super tight. It's just a really good boot. I used to have the Burton Ion and I'd buy this or the ion again. Only con is cost.
Initial Impression out of the box
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Havent even ridden this yet but I will next week and then Ill update this.
First impression is that this is a really well made boot. I just returned the 500 dollar adidas Energy boost because it just wasn't "right". In comparison the Burton is in another league. This boot just gives off the impression of being built like a tank. The adidas was beautiful and shiny and had some new tech but just felt breakable or something.
I love laces. IMO they give way more feel and function. Yes they are slow. The Vikings have amazing long, huge, soft laces. They also have the classic inner heel lock system as well an additional speed lace system across just the top of the ankle. This 3 way tightening system gives you a lot of ability to change the way your boots feel in different areas. I like really tight boots and these allow that.
The feel is really good. They are comfortable and springy and flexible right out of the box. The adidas had really thick fancy foam that was more bouncy and comfy than these but diminished ground feel. These boots you can definitely feel the ground as you walk. They are not space boots. But don't get me wrong, they are very comfortable.
They have the new "low profile" build. I used to wear a Burton Ion size 10. I moved up to a size 10.5 in these.
So overall, this is a really nice boot. Not hot spots. Very comfortable. Great build quality and great ground feel.
Ill update this in a few weeks.
A comfortable and Responsive boot
Burton really went back to basics on this one. I am someone that needs true laces on my snowboard boots. The level of comfort and the upgrade technology in a classic boot make all day boarding a breeze. The boot is quite responsive and provides a ton of feel to the rider. If your like me and like to loosen up different parts of the boot and not bound by a boa these are the boots for you.
Infinite Ride Liner
Mikkel Bang riding the Burton Viking
Mikkel Bang and the 2015 Burton Viking Boot
Like a week ago, wasn't this boot $369 or around there ?! what happened LOL
Also, this goes well with the burton malavita bindings am I right?