Hello and welcome to my Burton Moto review.
In this review I will take a look at the Moto as freestyle snowboard boots.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Moto a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how they compare with other freestyle boots.
Boots: Burton Moto
Price: $219 (USD recommended retail)
Other Uses: Beginner
Flex Rating: Medium-Soft (3/10)
Flex Feel: Medium-Soft (3/10)
Rating Score: 79.1/100
Compared to other Freestyle Boots
Out of the 27 freestyle boots that I rated:
Overview of the Moto’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Moto’s specs and available sizes.
Freestyle or Beginner
Who are the Moto Most Suited to?
The Moto are great as beginner bindings. A nice soft, comfortable, simple boot at a friendly price point.
They are also a good option for those looking for a softer boot for playful freestyle riding but for those looking for that at a good price point - so most likely as a second pair of boots to match their park/jib board, if they don't want their stiffer boots with their freestyle setup.
Finally, they work for those who just like to ride really casual/slow and don't need a ton of support/response for high speed riding and want to save some cash vs more pricey options.
Match best with softer flexing boards - from anything really soft and up to 4/10 flex. But I wouldn't match them with a board stiffer than 4/10, in terms of flex.
The Moto in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Moto are capable of.
Boots: Burton Moto 2020
Size: 10.5 (US Men's Sizing)
Date: December 17, 2019
Conditions: Switching between rain and snow - couldn't make up it's mind! But was wet snow even when it was snowy.
Wasn't the slowest/stickiest I've seen it, but wasn't fast conditions either.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Board Demoed With: Rossignol One LF 2018
Bindings Demoed With: Burton Malavita
Outersole Length: 31.0cm (mondo 28.5cm)
Difference between Mondo & Outersole: 2.5cm
Backstay Height: 30.6cm
Weight: 740 grams*
* Average of a sample of boots I weighed was 1006 grams, so a good bit lighter than the average. The lightest that I weighed. Softer flexing boots tend to be lighter anyway, but the Moto were light even for soft flexing boots.
Burton just rate these as soft. And that's pretty accurate. Their pretty soft. I would say 3/10 in terms of flex and would likely get softer than that over time.
Width: They've got a good bit of width in the toe box. I wouldn't say super-wide but wider than medium. Medium-wide.
True to Size?: I rode a 10.5, where I would typically ride a 10. Ultimately I would go for the 10. The 10.5 was fine for demoing, but even by the end I could feel it packing out and if I actually bought these they would pack out more the longer I rode them. So definitely a 10 for me, I would say, so true-to-size.
High or Low Arch: Middle of the road. Ever so slight pressure on the top (metatarsal) of my right foot, but that's typical for me with new boots. After riding for a bit I stopped noticing that - which is also typical.
OK shock absorption without being anything special.
Good board feel. A boot this soft and with a fairly flexy, fairly flat sole was always going to have good board feel. And felt almost broken in right out of the box - so really didn't have to wait to break them in too much to get that really nice board feel out of them.
On a carve, they're pretty floppy. Can't get real deep on a carve or hold it for that long with confidence. They made my board feel less carvy than it does with my test boots (Vans Aura).
At slow speeds they're pretty good with maneuverabilty, which is typical of a softer flexing boot, but they still weren't as good in that area as my test boots.
Good upper and lower adjustability with Burton's speed lace. Not much going on with the lacing system. Pretty simple speed lace boot. The Boa version is less adjustable (with just one Boa).
Really comfortable from the first lap. They have that already broken in feel from the get go. They do break in even more as you go, but in terms of being plug and play from day 1, they're one of the most already-broken-in feeling boots I've ridden.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
The Moto comes in first here (at about 0:19)
I found some fairly noticeable heel lift in there. It wasn't anything so bad that it made them unusable, but more heel lift than I would prefer.
Good amount of reduced footprint. Just 2.5cm longer on the outside than the mondo. And the toe bevels up more than on most boots (which is typical of Burton) giving you more angle on the toe side to help reduce toe drag even more.
The sole is pretty basic. Not great quality. With too much hiking would probably wear out fairly quickly and don't think they'd provide too much grip. Didn't hike with them on anything too gnarly or icy, but just the impression I got from inspecting the sole.
Simple lacing harness on the liner and then the speed zone lacing on the outer boot. I find the speed lacing a little cumbersome compared to boa, but it is a little faster and certainly faster than traditional lacing.
Getting the foot in and out was easy.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Moto are Burton's top selling boot. And that's largely down to pricing, but also because they are a comfortable out of the box boot that work really well for beginners - so a lot of people start out in these boots - and everyone has to be a beginner at some stage.
They do work as super casual boots for just cruising in, if you're not looking to really carve and only want to ride slow or if you want a soft comfortable pair for jib/playful days to compliment your soft board setup, but they are best suited as beginner boots.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Moto, are ready to buy or want to research current prices and sizing availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Moto compared to other freestyle boots, or want to check out some other options, check out the link below.
Rob disappointed says
Bought my step daughter a piece of Women’s Burton Moto size 9. The soles on both boots completely detached. Obviously a manufacturing error. I hope they fixed it.
After watching your review I decided to buy these as my first boots. I am a beginner with a very wide feet but these Burtons fit me perfect.
About the snowboard, what would you recommend to a complete beginner between Bataleon Chaser and Salomon Pulse? Or other option, maybe?
Thanks for your message.
I don’t test Bataleon gear currently, so I’m not sure based on experience, but on paper it looks pretty beginner friendly. The Pulse is also beginner friendly though. I would say either would be fine for a complete beginner, but I would that’s only a guess for the Chaser.
If you wanted other options you could also check out:
>>My Top 15 Men’s Snowboards for Beginners
Hope this helps
Thanks for this site, it is so useful!
I am looking at getting my first set of boots and would rate myself around a 4/5 on your skills page. Would you say the Burton Moto is too soft for me? I usually ride about 2-3 weeks in a year total, and so far only on pistes.
Thanks for your message.
At your level, I think I would invest in something a little stiffer. I think going to a medium flex boot is a good way to go for your level. If going Burton, a good step up but still at a reasonable price is the Burton Ruler. But yeah, unless you’re predominantly riding the park and just playing around on smaller jumps and jibs and not really carving or riding at much speed on the groomers, then I would go a little stiffer than the Moto.
Hope this helps
Definitely helps, thanks.
I am probably looking at Vans or Burton. How would the Aura OG and the Aura pro compare to the Ruler?
The Aura Pro a similar flex to the Ruler and would be a great option, IMO. The Aura OG not that much stiffer than the Moto, IMO, so I would be looking more at Aura Pro than Aura OG.
I actually managed to get to the shop and try some on before reading your comment, and chose the Aura Pro. It was nice to see you recommended the same when I saw it.
Thanks for your help!
Nice one! You’re very welcome and glad you’ve found some boots. Happy riding!