- Price: £380
- Sizes: 6-12
- Flex: 7
They say: Luxury slippers for all-mountain rippers.
We say: Burton have done everything humanly possible to make this boot the most comfortable ever made by anyone – even down to looking at the way the panels are stitched! Its mid-flex means it’ll suit almost any rider, as long as they can afford that stonking price tag.
- Building boards since: 2004
- HQ: Auburn, CA, USA
- History lesson: Founded by a crew of riders who “believe in quality first", Academy has grown slowly overseas, but it rapidly became a household name in the states, with a team that featured the likes of Chad Otterstrom. Right from the beginning the idea has been to support the growth of ordinary riders alongside team shredders. For that reason (and also, probably because it fits neatly with their name) Academy give out a series of scholarships to talented snow lovers each year to help them through college. Nice guys then!
- Ridden by: Frat-boys on company scholarships, and US-based park rats who know their Tyler Flanagans from their Scotty Jameses.