The Burton Invader isn’t a bad boot for the price and it’s a less expensive Burton Moto because it’s without Speed Lace. When you are a beginner it’s hard to tell what works well and what doesn’t. The most important things are not having your feet hurt and have the boot be forgiving when you are trying to learn how to turn. No boot is perfect but one thing we have noticed is they are possibly the most comfortable ones out there. The invader from any year is one very comfortable beginner boot that can help you make turns. For us that is all that really matters when learning to ride. Over time you will want to work on performance and will move on from this boot but it sure beats renting while you learn. One thing that’s pretty good for a boot of this price range is the ankle articulation which allows the boot to retain it’s flex a little longer than an average boot without it. Very little has changed over the years with these boots.
Regarding Reduced Footprint: Burton’s foot print is almost a full size smaller on the outside but the same size on the inside. So a size 10 boot is still a size 10 on the inside but more like a size 9 on the outside. This really reduces toe drag and Burton is the best in the industry when it comes to this. The warmth and feel of the ride is unaffected and all you have is a boot less likely to catch the snow on a hard turn or in steep terrain. This is great for those that have big feet, ride narrow waist boards or are in between board and binding sizing.