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Burton Felix Boa Snowboard Boots

- published May 2015

93

2015

RATINGS

Fit / Comfort
9
Cushioning
9
Responsiveness
9
Walkability
10
Lacing System
8
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

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THE GOOD

  • Ridiculously comfortable fit
  • Extremely responsive for steep carving
  • Flexible enough for park riding
  • Separate Boa laces for upper and lower boot regions
  • Excellent walkability for hike-to terrain

THE BAD

  • Some heel lift
  • Not possible to adjust inner-boot lace without undoing outer laces

THE VERDICT

A high-end, all-mountain performance boot, the Felix boot may well be the most comfortable snowboard boot you’ll ever put on your foot. Its three-tiered lacing system—two sets of super-easy-to-adjust Boa laces for the outer boot and a single-pull speed lace for the liner—provides a highly customizable fit that translates into tremendous responsiveness for steep carving and the occasional jaunt in the park. The plush, fur-lined interior is ideal for blustery winter riding. Pair it all with super-grippy traction underfoot for hiking on icy surfaces when need be, and this boot stands head and shoulders above the competition.

FULL REVIEW

Fit/Comfort

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable boot on the market. The Felix has a delightfully plush, fur-lined interior, amazing fit around the ankles, and a three-tiered lacing system that lets you dial in your individual fit perfectly. I experienced no pressure points whatsoever. It has just enough flex to accommodate aggressive turns on steep terrain without sacrificing responsiveness or comfort. An updated fabric with interwoven carbon fibers in the heat-moldable liners works together with a reflective-foil layer underfoot to keep your toes toasty. Snug ankle gussets (that secure with strong Velcro panels) keep snow out. For spring skiing, the fur cuffs can get a bit clammy around the ankles.

Cushioning

With lightweight molded EVA footbeds and support shanks that offer decent arch support and a shock-damping gel that won’t freeze up in cold temps, the Felix feels quite forgiving underfoot. The result is terrific shock absorption for sticking landings, and a boot that’s as comfortable to walk in as it is to ride in.

Responsiveness

These are definitely high-end performance boots for all-mountain riding. Thanks to such a highly customizable lacing system that lets you dial in the fit, your feet will feel one with your boots. I found these to perform exceptionally well on everything from plowing through the steep and deep to hucking jumps in the park.

Walkability

Yes, yes and yes. These are so soft inside, with ample flex, that they’re highly comfortable for walking, whether you’re hiking bowls or simply have a long walk from your car to the lift. Even while hiking with my board across a wind-blown, virtual sheet of ice, the outsoles lent complete confidence. No more falling in slick parking lots or while skating off the lift.

Lacing System

These boots feature two different Boa-lace systems—one for the bottom laces over the arch of the foot, one for the upper laces around the ankle—plus an internal single-pull speed lace to secure the linings. This provides for a highly customizable fit; for example, it’s possible to loosen up the lower Boa and give the toes a little more breathing room without sacrificing a secure hold around the ankle. The only downside is that the liner’s speed lace doesn’t seem to bring a whole lot to the table; no matter how tight I cinched it down, I still experienced some heel lift. Plus, it can only be adjusted if the outer laces are completely undone, so it’s not possible to adjust the linings on the fly if need be. The Felix does offer very easy on and off, with all three lacing systems releasing instantly with a single tug.

How We Tested It

We tested these boots in variable spring conditions on Telluride Mountain, wearing a Burton Joystick board and Mission EST bindings.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Yitka Winn

Yitka Winn

Yitka Winn is a freelance writer and lifelong snowboarder based in Telluride, Colorado. She tests snowboard boots for the Gear Institute.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$300.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit / Comfort
9
Cushioning
9
Responsiveness
9
Walkability
10
Lacing System
8
Value
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

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