Imagine a house constructed of steel and stone, but with a padded interior made of memory foam. That's what you get with the Burton SLX: superior comfort surrounded by a stable and supportive S4 outer shell — built from the same material found in bullet-proof vests. The liner flexes and forms ideally, and the outer shell won't budge any more than necessary. Burton did us a solid here. Just ask Mr. Haakonsen — it's no wonder these are his go-to sole-supporters.
The SLX is the most well-rounded all-terrain boot that has ever done these tootsies the pleasure. And a sincere pleasure it has been, indeed. Straight out of the box they provide ultimate comfort, and they don't pack out in half the time as others.
The S4 shell is incredibly lightweight and tough as nails. Instead of pinching and digging in uncomfortably, pressure from binding straps is spread equally around the shell. Board response and edge control are top-notch, and a "power spine" provides ultimate support. Steep bootpacks are much less sketchy when you can trust your Vibram soles to lock into steep and slick slopes. Rest assured, you can kick into a 50-plus degree slope and not slip out.
I wouldn't go as far as to say they're so comfortable you can sleep in them (Although I have passed out before removing them after a particularly big day…luckily I wasn't "sharpied"), but you no longer have to deal with painstaking treks. Instead, enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the wilderness during your skin/hike. I mean, that's why you're out there in the first place, right? Your heels won't blister because they're held tight by an articulated cuff, and your feet will thank you for keeping them snow-proof with an internal layer of protection ingeniously set behind the tongue.
Bonus: Park? Please believe! With a flexible binding/board you can definitely rock these kicks in the park. The liner is plenty kush for pressin' 'n' flexin', and by slightly loosening the (sectional) Speed Zone lacing system you can transform these big-mountain riders into park rats.
Put these puppies on the pedestal where they belong.