Female riders will love the Burton Q boot
December 20, 2007
For years I have been prying my feet into guy’s performance snowboard boots, simply because they were such better quality than any women’s line.
But after a brief conversation with the boys over at Radio Boardshop, I tried on the new Burton Q. They explained that it offers almost all the same fit features (and an identical lining) found on the top-of-the-line Supreme, but it offers more support for hard-core female riders. As Burton’s stiffest women’s boot, the Q responds immediately to your every whim. Just trying them on at Radio I noticed that the inner liner molded to my feet; the adjustable J-Bars fit just below my heels for a tight, pinch-free fit; and the speed-lacing system offered a quick lace up and support where I need it ” I couldn’t wait to hit the mountain.
Despite my roommate’s confused stares, I walked around in them in my apartment for a few days to wear them in. I have never considered myself a hard-core rider, but I felt like taking these divas for a test-drive down the best terrain I could find. The Burton Speed Zone lacing system got me cozy and tight in my boots in a matter of seconds, and I was out the door walking as I would in an old pair of shoes.
The Q fit perfectly into my Burton bindings. Once strapped in, I immediately felt the responsiveness from my legs to the boots to the bindings to the snow. It was as if I’d been driving for years with the parking brake on.
At the end of the day I wondered if NASA had designed these boots. The liner material absorbs excess heat while you’re hiking up backcountry ridges and releases the thermal warmth as your feet chill during long rides down the fall line. The result is more consistent insulation throughout the day.
The liners are also better from a structural standpoint. The Power Panels inside the new liner contain “memory foam” materials that snap back to their original positions far better than the traditional boot materials. And the boots score highly for stiffness and support; the Q was made to fit and support female feet better than most of the designs out there.
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Burton’s True Fit construction is a female-specific design element that’s found on all of their snowboard boots this season. Every part of the Imprint liner, shell, cuff, heel counter, tongue and even the lace guides are specifically and ergonomically designed to fit female feet; after wearing men’s boots for a few seasons, I definitely felt the difference. Add the gel liner and the Q offers just the right amount of support around the cuff (don’t equate stiffness with discomfort!), but there’s also plenty of cushion when you come down hard after a big jump.
Basically these boots provide the cushion and responsiveness (not to mention style) to shred the powder, the park and anything in between.