The Burton Coco is entry Level but not crappy level.There is always something that will be skipped or skimped on with a beginner boot and the the Burton Coco is no exception to this rule. It still beats the hell out of renting and is very comfortable.
Burton’s Speed Lace and Speed Dial is easier for beginners but if you want to save a little money and learn how we all did it in the past this is a great boot for the price. If you can afford it and are serious about snowboarding step up a rung or 2 and try the Burton Mint because they will last longer and grow with you as you develop. If you can’t then they will get you through that awkward beginner stage.
Flex: Very easy flex that is important when starting out. You don’t want a boot that’s stiff.
Comfort: Very comfortable for this price range and great for most feet to be comfortable day one. It doesn’t last as long as other boots but it’s usually comfortable from the first day to when it’s given or thrown away.
Heel Hold: Nothing exceptional but nothing bad.
Adjustability: This traditional lace isn’t easy to adjust but it’s quicker on and off.
Flex Retention: The flex doesn’t last super long but you can get at least 30 days without it becoming a sock.
Response: Like the flex you don’t want to have something too responsive because it could make you catch an edge faster. The Coco doesn’t have fast response so it doesn’t increase your chances of catching an edge.
Traction: Not much traction here with this single mold EVA foam boot. There should be some rubber in key places instead of all foam.
Shock Absorption: Very good shock absorption and it’s great if you happen to have that beginner to intermediate flat landing.
On & Off Ease: Traditional lace isn’t as bad as people think but it’s not as good as Speed Lace or BOA. Still this traditional lace is not that traditional and it laces almost as quick as speed lace and BOA so it’s nothing to be scared of. All you do is pull it tight and tie it like a shoe lace. It’s all connected from bottom to top so one pull should tighten it.
So other than the traction the Coco isn’t a bad beginner boot for those sick of renting. Just be careful in icy parking lots.