- Price: £280
- Sizes: UK 6-12
- Flex: 8
- Lacing System: Speed
The Burton Ion is the Vermont-based brand’s flagship boot, instantly recognisable and not likely to disappear any time soon. It’s no all-rounder, however – stiff and serious, only confident riders need apply.
That’s not to say you can’t get tricky with it; the Burton Ion is the preferred boot of Danny Davis, and it’s carried him to multiple X Games medals. Naturally its construction is designed to handle the big impacts that come hand-in-hand with pipe riding and big jumps. The sole features ‘ReBounce’ cushioning, which uses an extra layer of cushioning right under your foot without trading off too much boardfeel.
"If you’re worried about excess sweat, don’t be; moisture-wicking material keeps you dry as well as toasty"
Then there’s its size - Burton reckon that the footprint of the Ion is equivalent to a size down of a typical boot. That’ll go down well with larger-footed riders who would otherwise have to get a wider stick to avoid excessive toe drag, but it’s a bonus for everyone really. Also, every size (and even half-size) of the Burton Ion has specifically-made components, so there’s no compromise whatsoever on getting the right fit.
Burton’s speed-lacing system hasn’t changed much – ‘if it ain’t broke’ and all that – but it’s worth noting that the lace, while thin and lightweight, comes with a lifetime warranty. Getting the right fit is as easy as pie, and the area under the ankle strap is reinforced with extra cushioning that ensures the build-up of pressure is tackled.
The liner is brand new for 2016/17, and is lighter than before while still offering the same levels of comfort and support. It features Burton’s top heat-retention system, with carbon built in to the fabric to retain the warmth generated by your foot. If you’re worried about excess sweat, don’t be; moisture-wicking material keeps you dry as well as toasty. Further insulation is provided by a later of reflective foil between the liner and the outer boot.