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Burton Felix 2014 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Felix is similar to the Burton Emerald but a nice step up in terms of ride quality and longevity. It’s for the rider that likes a medium flexing binding for medium turning boards or those that like supportive but not stiff flexing boot.
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Flex: Very middle ground flex that borders on medium/stiff and makes for a supportive ride.
Comfort: The Felix is incredibly comfortable. Comfort can sometimes beat performance but you don’t have to worry about either with the Felix.
Heel Hold: There is a struggle between better adjustability and better heel hold. You sacrifice one to make the other better. The Burton Felix has excellent adjustability while not compromising too much on heel hold. Yeah, Speed Dial and Boa boots are better but this is pretty good. Most of us don’t need more than this.
Adjustability: The Felix has Burton’s long tested and improved Speed Lacing system that allows completely separate upper/lower adjustability so you can have the top be super tight and the bottom be super loose if you want it. Most Double BOA boots share a large portion of the ankle so the upper and lower isn’t really separate.
Flex Retention: There is decent articulation at the ankle to keep its flex but it’s not like the Supreme when it comes to retaining the flex. It will last a good amount of time and satisfy a 100 day a year riders need no problem.
Response: The response is pretty good for a mid-level Burton Boot and borderlines on excellent. It can easily initiate a turn on just about any mastiff flexing board with not too much trouble.
Traction: The Felix has a sole that is great for hiking in softer snow or climbing steep stuff. The 2014 Burton Felix improved the traction and it’s much better with a long icy walk from your car to the chair.
Shock Absorption: Very good shock absorption that can handle a hard landing without issues.
The Felix is one of those nice compromises in the price for a serious all mountain to freeride rider that wants good response and support but doesn’t want to spend a lot of cash. It’s a very safe choice and a great boot. We were sad to see the Q disappear but the Felix really lessens the loss. It’s a solid boot.
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I've been riding for 16 years, a little less often now then I used to. Everywhere from east to west to overseas. I was really excited to try the felix but was really disappointed. Perhaps if you have a wider heel box this could be a good fit for you. The boot is super easy on and off but I feel really lacks the ability to tune down for a good heel hold. Even with the independent quick lacing system I couldn't get them tight enough, and I don't have narrower feet.I'm riding the GNU B-Pro 151 and using Burton cap strap bindings. These boots are also wider than many others, so if you have an even slightly narrower foot, I would look elsewhere. The boot does not really fit into the Burton Medium binding. I had to place all the straps on the longest setting and move the ankle strap forward to get them to close. (based on size 8.5 boot) 8 and up, definitely go to a large binding. I was using the Burton Emerald and prefer the more tuned out of the box fit. **I have not had the liner heat molded. Maybe that would help?? There are my thoughts.