The Burton AK Boom Jacket is new this year and offers Gore-Tex at a very reasonable price. We like how they upgraded to a waterproof front zip similar to the AK Cyclic.
Size Tried: Large
Weight: 205 lbs
Torso Length (collar bone to pant line) 23”
Shoulder Width (widest point of shoulders) 22”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 19.5”
Helmet: Smith Vantage
Goggles: Smith IO7
Size Tried: Medium
Weight: 175 lbs,
Upper Body-:38” Chest
Lower Body: 32” Waist
Turn On’s: Size M Jackets or size L Jackets that Biesty gives me, size M pants, Getting Barreled, Spearing Sail Fish, Women with a pulse.
Turn Off’s: Not that much
Size Tried: Large
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 19.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 33” Waist, 42” Hips, 30” Inseam, 24.5” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, size M pants that fit well around my thighs so I can get in and out of my pockets, open roads, Surfy Powder Turns, Riding with Friends, new gear and especially my super-hot super smart super funny wife.
Turn Off’s: Size L Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, super tight Size M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.
Burton has buying power and leverage to make a Gore-Tex jacket at this price range where most companies don’t. Say what you want about Burton but it’s really nice to have a jacket at this price range that offers this kind of waterproofing. It also doesn’t have the typical AK look and feel. It looks more like a mountain jacket instead of an AK jacket. Yeah it doesn’t have the high end waterproof zipper like it’s more expensive brother the AK Cyclic Jacket but instead has a flap that covers it. The contoured hood doesn’t look as cool but if you spend a lot of time on windy or wet mountains you know why you want a contoured hood that will cover every part of your face and only let your goggles poke out. I personally have issues with articulating hoods because they always leave parts of your face exposed with the hood up and sometimes the weather can get through additional protection like balaclava’s or bandanna’s. It’s always nice to have windproof Gore-Tex covering your entire face.
I wore this jacket (along with many others) for the season and it was a good well built shell.