The time came for me to grab a new pair of snowboard boots. My browsing led me to the Burton Moto Snowboard Boot, which claims to be the most popular snowboard boot in the world. Popular or not, you’re instantly attracted to the Speed Zone lacing and want to see what else it had to offer.
Find out more in my review Burton review below:
Burton Moto Review
My old boots had begun to show serious signs of wear and I began to question their support. Dropping into a double black diamond run with a weak set of boots is not only annoying, it’s unsafe. Nothing makes your ankles and toes feel a little bit better than fresh kicks, regardless of your sport.
Every couple of years, you need to rethink your snowboard gear, be it your outerwear, your bindings, protective gear, and even your board. As the nights get shorter and we long for powder days in the 2nd half of every year, we begin to peek around what’s new. It’s not a matter of having to have the latest and greatest from the best manufacturers, but you can only break in your gear for so long. You feel the need for a little discomfort in your stride and you begin shopping.
Like many snowboard boots, the inner liner has integrated lacing. Simply give the top of the lace a tough pull and your liner is all set. It’s time to tie up. Burton got smart and decided to put this on the outside of the boot as well. Made with a tough lacing, Speed Zone lacing has almost changed the way I look at my boots.
The days of lace, pull, lace, pull are over. Give the top of the Speed Zone lace a firm grip and tighten the boots to your pleasure. The lacing system spreads the tightness across the entire lace, not just the top. It’s faster, easier on the fingers and probably gets your snowboard boots a little bit tighter than the old fashioned way. More comfort plus a few minutes head start on your board buddies feels good every now and then.
I’m not going to lie, I have big feet. I’m a size 15 men’s shoe. I ride a long, wide snowboard, and even with extra room and my bindings turned slightly further than most, my toes have given me drag issues. I even tried riding with a size 14, only to encounter the same result (but I did discover I like the tighter boot size).
Burton Moto’s Shrinkage system is priceless to me. If you’ve never heard of it, it reduces the footprint size of the boot by a whole shoe size. A 10 fits like a 10 but has the footprint of a 9. So by going to size 14, my boot had the footprint of a size 13. My toe overhang has been cut so much that I’ve now turned my bindings a bit outward.
The features of the Burton Moto snowboard boot are superb. Even with the Shrinkage feature, the boot maintains a relaxed, yet responsive feel, almost middle of the road between the two. The Burton Moto snowboard boot offers up a perfect balance of comfort and control when it comes to your feet. Try snowboarding a mile in my boots.2014 Burton Moto Review Read more
Burton boots are known for being easy to put on and take off, and the Burton Moto Boot is no exception. You can literally put these guys on in under a minute thanks to Burton’s Speed Zone zonal lacing system. You can even put them on without taking your gloves off it’s that easy! The liner of these boots is heat-moldable for a custom fit. In my opinion, this definitely speeds up the break in process.
I’d always thought that these boots looked a bit chunky on the shelves, but once they are strapped to your feet they look anything but that. Burton has quite a few basic color options for this model so you’re free to pick and choose from those. I rode the black and white color option and the boots look great with almost anything that I wear.
The Burton Moto Boot is actually one of the best fitting boots in my opinion. A lot of the time it felt like I was just wearing my normal pair of street shoes. With that said, they pinched a little the very first day that I rode in them, but that is easily attributed to the break in process since they haven’t hurt at all since.
I’ve had only one problem with these boots so far and that is that the laces broke after a few rides. I was pretty bummed out when none of my local shops carried backups. Since the lacing system isn’t standard (or even really laces) you can’t just pop any old laces in. Luckily, when I called up Burton, they sent me a pair for free!
Apparently, this is part of the warranty on these boots, so if you do break one, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Other than that the boots have held up so far after about twenty to thirty rides.
I wore these boots for the first time on a really wet day and I felt absolutely no wetness inside. That was when I first well in love with the Burton Moto Boots I split my time pretty evenly between the park, manicured slopes, and the backcountry and these boots have ridden really well in any conditions that I have thrown at them so far.
The Burton Moto Boot is a great snowboarding boot for the rider on a budget. I would recommend this boot to riders from beginners to experts that aren’t looking to break their bank account on an expensive boot. I suppose that I do prefer higher-end boots by just a bit, but if my money situation is as tight next year as it is this year, then I’ll have no problem running my same pair of Moto Boots for another few months.