Hello and welcome to my review of the Burton Moto Snowboard Boots.
This review will be specifically looking at the Moto’s as boots for beginners. I am strong believer that beginner boots definitely shouldn’t just be about price.
Yes it’s true that price is a factor but there are other aspects that make a boot good for beginners so it’s important to not just look at price or you will end up with a boot that is no good and won’t help at all with your progression.
As per tradition at SnowboardingProfiles.com the Moto’s will get a score out of 100 – whilst this isn’t an exact science, this score should give you an idea of how good the Moto’s are as beginner boots.
The breakdown of the rating is between the following categories:
- Heel Hold
- Shock Absorption
- Reduced Footprint
Burton Moto Overview
Boots: Burton Moto
Price: $179 RRP
Lacing System: Speed Lace
Flex: Medium-Soft (3 out of 10 on Burton’s support rating scale)
To give a reference to this score, of 45 beginner boots I looked at:
- The average score was 73.1/100
- The highest score was 83/100
- The lowest score was 63.5/100
- The Moto’s were ranked 6th
Right, let’s take a look at some of the categories more closely.
The Moto’s have a medium-soft flex which, in my opinion is ideal for beginners. This flex gives means that there is a bit of room for error – but they’re not too soft – so there is still some reasonable responsiveness for when you start to develop more and start riding faster and on steeper slopes.
No one wants to be uncomfortable – and this is particularly the case for beginners – what faster way to be put off something than to be uncomfortable all day!
The Moto’s aren’t the most comfortable boots on the market – but they should be fairly comfortable – assuming you get the fit right.
If your heel is constantly lifting there is a delay in the transfer of your muscle movement and your boot engaging your boot. Too much heel lift will effect responsiveness and lead to an inconsistent experience.
That said, a little bit of heel lift isn’t the end of the world.
The Moto’s have pretty good heel hold especially for the price – but this will of course differ depending on the shape of your feet and ankles.
Check out the video to learn more about the Motos
This video is for the 2015 model but the 2016 model is very similar – not much has changed for the the new model.
You aren’t going to be doing a lot of jumps as a beginner but good shock absorption will help make the boots more comfortable – and enable you to ride for longer meaning you will improve faster.
The Moto’s have really decent shock absorption so they have all you’ll ever need as a beginner to intermediate rider.
All that stuff I said about price not being the only thing you should look out for at the beginning of this post…… well you don’t have to worry about the price with the Moto’s. They are very reasonably priced – especially for the level of performance you get.
The Moto’s have a speed lacing system – this isn’t necessarily the easiest to start with, but once you learn how the system works it’s really fast and easy to get in and out of.
O.k. now let’s take a look at the breakdown of the final score
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||88.4/100|
This is a really good score for a beginner boot – in fact it ranked 6th out of 45 boots that I assessed as beginner boots – check out my top 7 men’s beginner snowboard boots here to see how the Moto fit in.
Learn More, User Reviews and Check Current Prices
Find out more about the Motos at the links below, where you can also check the current price and some user reviews to get some opinions on what other riders think of the Motos. $179 is the recommended price but you can often find them cheaper.
Hint: Check more than one link if possible in case one store has them cheaper than another – and make sure you are getting the best deal on shipping (shipping is often free).
Over to You
If you think the Moto’s might be for you check out the links above. If you are still looking to consider other options check out my top 7 beginner snowboard boots for men at the link below.