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. Over time you will want to work on performance and will move on from this boot but it sure beats renting while you learn.
Flex: Nice forgiving mellow flex that is forgiving and easy as most pair these up with easy turning boards.
Comfort: 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.
Heel Hold: Nothing exceptional but nothing bad either.
Adjustability: Traditional lace isn’t that easy to make quick adjustments but they are reliable, easy to fix if they break and not as bad as you would think to lace up and unlace.
Flex Retention: 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. Still it’s not amazing but it’s good for the price range.
Response: Not very responsive but that’s good for a beginner. It’s going to be more forgiving because it won’t move you as quickly into a mistake as more responsive boots will.
Traction: The traction kind of sucks. EVA foam should not be on the bottom like it is with this boot. It’s lighter and cheaper so many companies are doing this these days. However it’s sketchy walking on hard snow and ice. That being said there aren’t many boots in this price range that have real rubber on the bottom. Almost all are EVA foam these days.
Shock Absorption: What EVA lacks with traction it makes up for in shock absorption. The Burton Invader can handle a bad landing or 2 especially paired up with a good shock absorbent binding.
Footprint: Very reduced footprint and you don’t often find this in this price range. A size 10 is a size 9 on the outside but a size 10 on the inside. That means you can reduce your chance of toe/heel drag. .
On & Off Ease: Not perfect on and off but easier than you would think.
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.