2013 Burton SLX's
Well i just got these puppies in the mail. But before I go into that I want to take back my rant against burton. I had no love for this brand because of a few things. I was getting back into boarding seriously this season after like 8 years off. I got some burton gear and most of it sucked.
1. My 2013 reflex cartels cracked a baseplate after 30-40 days on the hill.
2. My 2013 Ion boots were falling apart after 10 days or so on the hill. The toe box had gotten so soft the strap was crushing it and slipping off. The whole boot turned into chewing gum it was so soft.
3. My roommate orders a 2014 barracuda and we are both shocked at how bad the finishing is on the board. The graphics/screen printing is not even aligned to the edges of the board and it looks downright cheap. You can see graphics printed overtop of other graphics where they didn't use enough ink or whatever, and it looks like a bad tattoo coverup or something. On the other hand my cheapass rossignol board finish is like a work of art.
So a couple weeks ago I sent my boots and my bindings back complaining about them falling apart. To my surprise Burton customer service is actually really good. Although the people on the phone aren't the most friendly sounding, to their credit they mailed me a new pair of bindings and upgraded me to a pair of SLX's. I wrote a note on the old boots saying "downgrade me to another boot if you have to, just please don't send me another pair of ions."
Anyways, after I get a few days on these SLX's I will post a better review. But so far wearing them in the house, impressions are really positive. The toe has some substantial backing to it, a hard plastic shell covered by some nice suede material. The whole boot is this plastic/suede construction, great vibram soles. The ions were cheap faux leather (on a $450 boot for godsakes) and the pirelli soles sucked when hiking. Kudos burton. I'm impressed you came through for me instead of feeding me some BS.