Expert Review: Burton Felix BOA Snowboard Boots · Women's · 2022Published on 11/18/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased twice, once in September of 2021 and again in September of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Avery Wilson
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I purchased twice, once in September of 2021 and again in September of 2022.
The Burton Felix BOA Snowboard Boots are great for an intermediate to advanced rider who likes a lot of response and loves to charge hard down the mountain.
About this boots I own
- Model: 2022 & 2023 Burton Felix BOA Snowboard Boots
- Size: 8
- Lacing type: Duel BOA Lacing System
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 148lbs
- Street shoe size: 8.5 to 9
- Foot shape: Narrower foot, very small arch
- Experience: 10+ years of snowboarding
- When I bought these: September 2021 and September 2022
- Days tested: 100+ days
- Board: Salomon Huck Knife Pro or Burton Custom
- Bindings: Union Legacy or Union Ultra
- Where I’ve used it: All over Colorado resorts, Mammoth, and Hintertux, Austria
- Terrain: Mostly park, also used in trees, groomers, steep runs, and cliff drops
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a boot that could last a whole season of me riding 80+ days in the park and occasionally all-mountain. I compete in slopestyle, so I needed a boot that can handle impact from large jumps. I also needed a boot that won’t breakdown easy when I spend half a day hiking a rail to practice new tricks.
Why I chose this gear
I decided to get these boots because Burton boots have always fit my narrower foot shape the best. When trying this boot on, it also had the best heel hold verus the few other boots I looked at. This boot is also on the stiffer spectrum from Burton, and I wanted something that is very responsive. The double BOA was a huge plus, making it easy to get the exact fit and level of tightness that I want.
What I love about them
- Size: These boots run true to size and fit narrow to normal-sized feet better. I sized down to make them last longer.
- Comfort: They are very comfy: the Imprint 3 liner from Burton is one of their top-of-the-line liners.
- Warmth: I run cold, but in these boots I rarely have problems with my feet getting too cold. The only time I had to wear toe warmers were on those negative degree days.
- Heel hold: The boots have a focus cuff that really hugs the ankle. The cuff is slightly higher for better response.
- Shock absorption: Fantastic shock absorption; I regularly hit 30+ foot jumps, and when I overshoot or knuckle, my feet are still in good condition. These boots have ReBounce, which brings cushioning closer to one’s foot and adds a layer of impact protection.
- Responsiveness: These boots are very responsive. They follow my every move. I don’t have to worry about putting in extra effort to get the turns I want.
- Grip: The Vibram Traction Lug outsole with EcoStep rubber gave me grip for hiking rails, walking around the resort on icy days, and a lightweight feel.
- Ease of use: The BOA dials make it very easy to tighten and loosen these boots at any time on the mountain.
- Durability: After a whole season of constant riding, I never had anything break on me. Only a few scuffs and normal wear and tear. I’d say they are very durable.
- Weight: These are very lightweight. They feel like a glove on my foot.
- Versatility: These boots can be worn in any kind of terrain. Whether it’s park, all mountain, or backcountry, these boots have me covered.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Flexibility: The boots become a lot more flexible towards the end of my season, but that is normal when someone gets 80+ days in one season.
Favorite moment with this gear
My first day riding with these boots was an early season snowboard training trip to Austria. I got to break them in at Hintertux Glacier in October. On that same day, my team and I drove down to this dry slope park called Banger Park. I definitely broke my boots in quickly hiking up the airbag jump.
Value for the money vs. other options
These boots may seem pricey but are definitely worth the money. I get a dual BOA system, a top-of-the-line liner, and an overall lightweight, very responsive boot. The fact that these boots can last an entire 80–100 day season for me is extremely good. The durability shows in the price. If someone averages around 25 days a season and takes care of their gear, these boots could easily last four-plus years. I’d say the only other boot similar to these is the Ride Cadence. But for an extra few dollars, the Burton Felix are a more durable boot.
The Burton Felix is my go-to boot to unlock my full potential anywhere on the mountain, no matter the terrain or conditions. These boots can handle anyone who rips.