Hello and welcome to my review of the Burton Driver X snowboard boots.
This review will assess the Burton Driver X’s as the hard driving freeride snowboard boots that they are.
How the Rating Works
In particular the Driver X’s will be rated on the following:
- Reduced Footprint
- Heel Hold
- Shock Absorption
And, as per tradition at SnowboardingProfiles.com they will be given a total rating out of 100.
To see how the Driver X’s fit in amongst all of the freeride boots I looked at check out the stats below.
Of 22 freeride boots I assessed:
- The average score was 79.8
- The highest score was 91.5 (these boots)
- The lowest score was 68.5
- The Driver X’s ranked 1st
If you want to see how the Driver X beat out the other boots check out my Top 5 Men’s Freeride Boots post.
Overview of the Driver X’s
Boot: Burton Driver X
Price: $399 RRP
Lacing System: Speed Lace
Flex: Stiff (10 out of 10)
O.k. let’s take a look at some of the categories they were rated on in more detail.
Hard, fast ,charging! The Driver X’s are as stiff as they get. If you want boots that don’t compromise on stiffness then look no further .
Not for the faint hearted – you want to be an experienced freerider to wield these suckers – but if you are you will be rewarded with their performance.
The Driver X’s are built for response. That super stiff flex will enable the Driver X’s to respond like nothing else. There’s no room for error – but a lot of room for hard carves, tight tree runs, shoots, backcountry, you name it the Driver X’s can handle it.
Whatever you put into these boots will be transferred without delay or loss of energy straight into the bindings and (depending on your bindings) straight into your board for the ultimate in control and response.
Check out the Video for more about the tech in the Driver X’s
The awesome reduced footprint technology in the Driver X’s allows you to opt for a narrower board if you choose – to get even more response.
It also helps to ensure that your boots don’t drag on those hard carves (assuming you’ve sized your boots to your board correctly).
Burton are the best in the business when it comes to outersole shrinking and they didn’t spare any of that technology on the Driver X’s
I usually recommend that freeriders go for bindings with decent shock absorption since freeride boots often lack a little bit in shock absorption – due to the fact that it’s hard to put too much cushioning in the sole without affecting traction.
However, the Driver X’s achieve something that most boots can’t – awesome shock absorption and awesome traction at the same time.
Like I just mentioned the Driver X’s have managed to balance great shock absorption whilst also keeping awesome traction on the soles – including rubber ice spikes for icy terrain.
This is important for any freerider, especially for hiking in the back country.
Finally let’s take a look at comfort. After all, you want to bomb hard all day – multiple days in a row if you can.
This is only possible (or at very least enjoyable) if your boots are comfortable enough.
Again, the Driver X’s don’t disappoint.
Burton have spared no technology for the Driver X’s so everything has gone into them to make them comfortable as hell.
Alright let’s see how the Driver X’s scored overall.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||92.7/100|
It’s no surprise with a score like that, that the Driver X’s topped my list of the top 5 freeride boots
More Info, Current Prices & User Reviews
Check out the links below for more info on the Driver X’s, their current price and some user reviews to get some other opinions on them.
Thanks for reading and I hope this review has been helpful. If you are interested in the Driver X’s check out the links above. If you want to check out some other freeride boot options, check out the link below.