Expert Review: Burton Ruler BOA

This review is my own honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I bought with my own money in January 2021.

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About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the snowboard boots, which I bought with my own money in January 2021.

My take

The Burton Rulers are ideal snowboard boots for riders in the intermediate-advanced skill range looking for all-mountain, durable gear. They are mid-flex, highly adjustable boots that are comfortable to wear and responsive on most areas of the mountain.

Photo of Curated Expert Benjamin Houghton with the Burton Ruler BOA Boots.

Photo by Benjamin Houghton

About this gear

  • Model: 2021 Burton Ruler Snowboard Boots
  • Size: 11.5
  • Lacing type: Double BOA

About me

  • Height: 5’ 11”
  • Weight: 170 lbs
  • Street shoe size: 11.5
  • Foot shape: Narrow
  • Experience: 10 years

Test conditions

  • When I bought these: January 2021
  • Days tested: Eight
  • Board: 2021 Capita Mercury
  • Bindings: 2021 Burton Cartels
  • Where I’ve used it: Beaver Mountain, Utah, and Brian Head, Utah
  • Terrain: Powder, trees, terrain park, ice, groomers

How it performs

Ease of Use
Heel Hold
Shock Absorption

What I was looking for

I wanted a pair of boots that would be really aggressive on days when I’m with my more experienced friends but would also cater to days when I ride with less experienced riders. I don’t do much park, but I wanted boots that had great take-offs and landings on side hits and kickers, as well as being super responsive in trees.

Why I chose this gear

I decided to buy these boots because I have always trusted Burton to make quality gear. I also really loved the double-BOA lacing and the flex. I got them at a discount, so it was too good of a deal to say no.

I actually originally bought Salomon Focus BOAs for their flex and BOA system, but didn’t end up liking the feel or fit. I returned them and went with the Burtons instead and haven’t regretted it once.

Photo of Curated Expert Benjamin Houghton's Burton Ruler BOA Boots.

Photo by Benjamin Houghton

Photo of Curated Expert Benjamin Houghton's Burton Ruler BOA Boots.

Photo by Benjamin Houghton

Photo of the sole of Curated Expert Benjamin Houghton's Burton Ruler BOA Boots.

Photo by Benjamin Houghton

What I love about it

  • Size: These boots run true-to-size and have a great fit on my narrow feet. The soft lining makes them pretty adaptable to different foot shapes.
  • Comfort: I cannot say enough about how comfortable these boots are. Burton is known for its soft liners, and these are no exception. They are comfortable to walk and ride in. Even with the mid/stiff flex, my feet never feel sore after a full day of riding.
  • Shock Absorption: The shock absorption in these boots is great due to the soft comfort of the interior. Off jumps, including big kickers, I hardly ever felt any discomfort on landing and much of the impact was instantly absorbed into the boot. Each landing feels very comfortable, making it easier to recover from uneven landings.
  • Responsiveness: The double-BOA system makes these boots super responsive, as they can be perfectly adjusted to the tightness I desire. The flex is also ideal for super snappy turns in trees as well as hard carves on groomers.
  • Grip: These things are super grippy. I have had no issues walking through slush, ice, and asphalt.
  • Ease of Use: These boots are super easy to take on and off, even with all the adjustments I can make.
  • Weight: These boots are extremely light due to the Multidensity EVA foam and synthetic textile construction. These lightweight materials make wearing the boots for extended periods of time very easy. After full days of snowboarding, walking back to the car felt effortless.
  • Versatility: These boots are super versatile. Their mid flex makes them a perfect choice for a rider wanting to switch between aggressive steeps, park, trees, and groomers.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Heel Hold: With a narrow foot shape and skinny legs, getting proper heel hold took a few runs. I ended up wearing medium-thick socks and cranking the top BOA as far as it would go to get the right hold. But now that I’ve figured that out, the boots have had perfect hold since.

Favorite moment with this gear

My favorite moment has to be a tree run I did with my sister at Beaver Mountain. There was a fresh coat of powder and we came flying off a steep groomer into an opening in the trees. Even at the speed we were going, I could immediately start navigating tight turns. I felt the responsiveness of the boots kick in and was able to maintain the rush of the previous groomer while exploring untouched powder in the trees. Once we finished our tree run, we hopped back out onto the groomer and finished the rest of the run at a slow, playful pace. It just really confirmed to me that these boots could be aggressive when needed but were great for more casual riding as well.

Value for the money vs. other options

I think the Burton Rulers are ideal all-mountain boots for their price range. There are competitive prices in the same range, such as the Salomon Focus or the DC Judge boots, but I think where the Burtons really take the cake is the comfort. I have never had a boot more comfortable than this pair, which really sets them above other competitors of a similar price.

Final verdict

The Burton Rulers are the perfect boots for someone looking for an all-mountain experience. The comfort of the boots means the rider can go all day without sore feet, and the mid flex allows for a versatile ride that ranges from aggressive steeps to playful freestyle.

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Hi there! My name is Ben Houghton and I am a 26-year-old graduate student who lives and breathes snow. I have been snowboarding for over 10 years and skiing on-and-off since I was 11, which has taken me from the small slopes of New Hampshire to the massive resorts of Utah. Beaver Mountain in norther...

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