The Burton Highline BOA boot is new for the 2015 season and it gives you Burton’s fit/feel with traditional BOA for those that are really into BOA. I’m more into speed lace over BOA but Burton has done a good job with their BOA boots. Also Mary and Kristi like their BOA and it does have it’s merits for sure.
Flex: Pretty mellow forgiving flex that isn’t at all twitchy.
Turn Initiation: Very mellow edge to edge so it’s forgiving for a beginner rider. It’s not really a boot for a rider looking to really rail some turns but it’s more than fine for learning in the park.
Comfort: BOA or Lace or Speed lace Burton makes comfortable boots.
Heel Hold: You sacrifice a lot of adjust-ability but it does wrap around your heel very well and prevent heel lift.
Adjustability: None. The BOA tightens the same from top to bottom.
Flex Retention: You know Burton has some really good tech to retain it’s flex but it’s not in this boot. It’s got their entry level liner and a shell that has a little but not a lot of ankle articulation.
Shock Absorption: Pretty decent shock absorption.
Traction: Nothing terrible here.
Footprint: All Burton boots are very reduced and lead the industry with reduced footprints that reduce heel and toe drag.
On & Off Ease: Like all BOA boots it’s a little slow tightening it up but taking it off is very easy.
So all in all you get about the same boot you would from the less expensive the Burton Moto or Invader. You pay extra for BOA and you do with all BOA boots. If that little dial tickles your fancy or you have heel hold issues then go for it but for $20 more you can get a really good boot like the Burton Ruler. I think if the price point was a little lower or the tech you get with it was a little higher I’d be more interested. That being said it’s very comfortable and Burton has almost always made boots that fit around most feet rather well.