The Burton Transfer is like a traditional lace mated with Speed lace to give you a traditional lace feel combined with the easy lace up ability of a Speed Lace boot. It’s a nice inexpensive entry level boot that could work for many.
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.
Flex: Right on the border between medium/soft and soft
Comfort: Very comfortable like all Burton boots. The break in period is almost non existent for most feet.
Heel Hold: Good enough for most riders. If you want a little more wrap around your ankle then you might want to consider the Tyro with it’s Speed Dial similar to BOA boots.
Adjustability: This isn’t really about adjustability and it has the same limitations that BOA does. You can’t really adjust the upper and lower unless you make a mountaineers knot at the ankle but then that defeats the purpose of the design. The positive is when you pull the laces it tightens up the whole boot so this is really easy to get on and off. It’s pretty close to speed lace and BOA when it comes to speed.
Flex Retention: Not quite a long term ride but it holds it’s flex well for it’s price point.
Response: This is a softer boot that gives you a lot of freedom of movement and is pretty forgiving but there is a little response when turning edge to edge.
Traction: Nothing ideal but it will suffice in snow and be ok on an icy parking lot.
Shock Absorption: Very good shock absorption.