2012 Burton Hero Used and Reviewed

Hero’s com in all shapes and sizes and this board is no different. This board has always stood out to me as a solid ride over the last few years. New to the 2012 model is the Squeezebox technology which revolutionizes the ride from this stunt stick. Here’s how it stacked up.


Board: Burton Hero

Size: 152

Camber Option: V-Rocker. Rocker between the feet and after.

Bindings: Burton Cartels

Stance: 22. 5

Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy

Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10

My Weight: 160

Resort: Breckenridge

Conditions: Overcast, high winds, and really firm to icy snow.

Preconceived Notions: Adding squeezebox on a Hero might just make a jib stick a lot more versatile.

Flex: Underfoot where the squeezebox is was stiffer and real stable. Softer between and after the feet giving it a bit more play.

Stability: Squeezebox is what the Hero has been asking for it changes the ride in it so much and made it that much more stable. You could hit any kind of crud and not worry about getting bucked even when charging into a jump or through a rutted out landing.

Ollies/Pop: Amazing snap off rollers and lips of jumps. You could just pop to the moon without worrying about it at all.

Butterability: Scoop plus rocker what more do you want for spreading your lovely margarine all over the mountain.

Cruising: Railed a turn and held it real well. Icy conditions weren’t an issue on edge with this deck either.

Jibbing: Locked into presses just fine and did that whole jib thing without any issues.

Rider in Mind: The guy that’s making the mountain a skatepark and playing around on everything. Also for the guy that likes a jib stick that’s stable enough to send a jump.

Personal Thoughts: Squeezebox makes a lot of sense to me for a deck like this. It beefs up the one area you need the most stability while leaving the playfulness of the rest of the deck. Jibbing, jumping, and playing around this board did all those just the way I would have expected it plus like Hero’s in the past it rides bigger than it is.

What They Say: Now even more heroic.

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  1. Dave says:

    Thats sik, I fully planned on buying this model. How’d you get to ride it so early?

  2. Scott says:

    If you had to choose.. Nug or Hero?

  3. Dave says:

    your a gypsy angry. Scott, I know that question wasnt directed to me but i would say hero. I mean if you love to RIDE then your game probably isn’t solely park. The nug is a park board weather you like to look at it that way or not. Small board = increase chatter. All the tech in the world wont stop such a small piece of wood under higher speed and sketchy conditions. I think Enrique Englacias wrote that hero song about the board for a reason.

  4. Fuck the Nug it’s a piece of shit novelty stick. Oh you can size down and still do it all yeah right it’s a joke.

  5. Frank Silva says:

    2012 hero is sick, ive ridden the 2010, 2011, and now 2012 heros and this ones the sickest!!! Burton sent it to me through the warranty department( the best in the bizzz) when i cracked my 2011 and i just got to test it out late season in mammoth. just as playful as the others but the squeezbox adds a noticeable amount of stability. Burtons definetly worked out the kinks of the old models, as long as the fiberglass holds up better than the others did, its the clear n obviouse choice.

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  7. chamnan sim says:

    If you were to ride 100% park (@bearmountain), hitting rails,boxes and medium kickers and had to choose between a hero or neversummer evo which will you choose. I prefer a softer, smaller board for jibbing.

  8. joe says:

    I am 6’5″ and 186 pounds, what size should I get???

  9. Depends on what you want it to do.

  10. joe says:

    Mainly park and playing on the mountain

  11. Something around 57ish would be my rec.

  12. Will says:

    I weigh roughly 175-180lbs. but I’m looking to go for a 149cm, you think I’ll be fine? My intention is not to bullet down, I just wanna focus more on improving butters and ground tricks…

  13. Is this a serious question? Go learn how to ride.

  14. Will says:

    I’ll politely ignore that comment..
    I know that for my weight I should be getting 155cm+, but ideally the shorter the board = better handling. I have experience riding a 158 & a 155 but I’m looking to go shorter simply due to curiosity. Would this be a problem is what I’m asking…?

  15. If you know how to ride you won’t have a problem buttering. Sizing down doesn’t help the handling.

  16. James says:

    2012 Hero or Mr. Nice guy? It’s my first board.. I’m some what new to boarding. Mainly all mountain boarding with some park. Any help would be appreciated.

  17. James says:

    Cool thanks…Another dumb question: im a 10 1/2 boot, do
    I get the wide or regular?

  18. nate says:

    Would u recommend the 2012 hero or artifact rocker wanting a soft board for.all mountain fun thanks nate

  19. Nate says:

    Have u had a chance to ride the super hero?

  20. Victor says:

    Burton hero or forum youngblood doubledog for a softer all mtn / park board ?

  21. Victor says:


  22. Daniel says:

    Looking at buying a 2012 Hero. I am 5’9″ and 169 lbs, what size do you recommend for all mou
    ntain riding?

  23. 55ish for more park 58 for more freeride.

  24. Andrew Goodman says:

    Worst board I’ve ever owned. Shredded to pieces after riding it for a week and now Burton is refusing to replace it. Riding on snow will break it. Don’t buy it unless you just plan on staring at it. Try a Rome or GNU board instead. Atleast they can make it down the mountain.

  25. rob morris says:

    the angrysnowboarder seems like he’s selling the burton hero haha.. i’m looking to get a board that will last for my little brother. he’s 12 but shreds the s*** out of a mountain. i need to know if it’s going to last ( from someone that isn’t biased towards anytthing but the hero lol)

  26. rob morris says:

    p.s. he loves jumps of all sizes and i’m talking 40 footers to little kickers, butters all over the mountain, and has the cleanest presses on rails and boxes.

  27. Oh yeah I’m getting money from Burton for pushing their products so much money coming in from this, or could be it’s a fun board. If you’re a dipshit it will break there has never been in the history of the world a board that has broken from Just Riding Along. Their clear coat topsheets aren’t exactly the most durable in terms of cosmetic scratches/stress cracks.

  28. Mark says:

    Between the Burton hero and the Arbor west mark what one would you prefer for a little buttering hitting some rails and also the jumps. im about 5’9 130 pounds and need a board that ill able to atleast do a 360 easy on? im trying to decide between these 2 boards to buy.

  29. Eric says:

    I was wondering if you guys are going to do a review on the burton super hero.

  30. I’ll see what I can pull off.

  31. Mike says:

    Ok so which board would u use as ur park board for the year … Ns evo, arbor west mark and burton hero? Looking for a board that will handle a jump line n jib line on the same run n it seems u rated these boards pretty high up there. 165lbs 5’8.

  32. I’m riding a blacklist which is just the midwide version of the westmark.

  33. Scotty says:

    I’m 5’8 155 pounds, looking to get my first burton board but need your help in choosing the right board/size..
    Hero 152, 155,
    Joystick 150, 154.
    (I love the design on the joystick but as the reviews say its for the advanced riders)
    I’m beginner-intermediate and I mainly ride open runs but would def hit the park with these boards.
    Any help is appreciated!!

  34. Do you have to buy a Burton? Just get the Hero if you’re a beginner.

  35. Scotty says:

    I want a quality board that will accommodate me to the next level as I progress. Would you suggest 152 or 55?

  36. Scotty says:

    Thanks man, btw you should post up vids of your boards in action :) !!!

  37. Do you know how many boards I ride per year and how much time it takes to film a 2 minute edit?

  38. martin says:

    i have a burton joystick 2010 do you think it would be worth me buying one of these or are they too similar apart from the hero having squeezebox. i ride all mountain

  39. Save your money for lift tickets.

  40. Alex says:

    Im 5’8″ 150lbs I ride a 2008 Burton bullet 154 wide and have a 10.5 boot. Started to ride freestyle recently but feel my board is hindering my progress. I like the features in the 2012 Hero but also like the 2013 joystick and whammy bar. Which board do you recommend and at what size? I want to downsize a little if I can, maybe a 150 or 152.

  41. Hero if you’re going to do only park and occasionally cruise the mountain, Joystick if you’re going to ride the whole mountain as a park, and Whammy Bar if you’re going to use it to start a fire and keep yourself warm. Drop down to the 50 if it’s more jibs you’re doing 52 if it’s more of a mix.

  42. Alex says:

    Perfect, thanks. How do you feel about the new boards with the nug reductions, ex superhero. Do you think I can ride a superhero 148?

  43. I hate Nug reduction technology. It allows for a shorter board but you sacrifice that nose and tail to bail your ass out if you need it.

  44. Patrick Hertel says:

    I have this board and love it. Presses easy and jumps great. I like cruising around the mountain and doing butters and what not. But I wanna hit rails and boxes also. How should I set up this boards edging so I don’t catch my edge on the rails but still be able to have fun on the rest of the mountain?

  45. Go forth and jib and say fuck your edges.

  46. Patrick Hertel says:

    So you wouldn’t worry about catching the edge on the rail or box and face planting. I was thinking of going to a 2 degree base edge bevel

  47. Get board, rip off plastic, place stickers, mount bindings, drag on edge to bus stop, get on bus, get off bus, walk to base area, ride park chair, drop in, hit jumps, hit jibs, hit more jumps, hit more jibs, repeat. That’s exactly how I go about jibbing on a brand new board.

  48. Patrick Hertel says:

    I love the way you look at things lol, I’ve been bassicly ripping things up with this board was just worried about slamming my face against a box. But again great review and I def recommend this board 100%. It does it all

  49. Brian says:

    Hey angry I love your reviews. They’ve really helped with buying new gear as I dont have many demos near me nor the time to get to the ones that are a few hours away. Anyway I bought the 12′ Hero this summer based on your review and just rode it for the first time this weekend. I have to say that I agree with your review 100%. Excellent board. Keep up with the excellent reviews.

  50. Sierra says:

    I was looking at the 2013 Superhero with the flattop tech and was wondering if you had a chance to try it out yet?

  51. Mike says:

    Do you prefer this or the westmark/blacklist and why?
    (for mostly park riding and a bit of all mountain)

    To me the superhero seems to have MUCH more technology than the Arbor

  52. Seeing as I’m on my 3rd Blacklist I can say Arbor.

  53. Niclas says:

    Hey Angry. I am considering buying this hero 2012. Got it offered for a good price with the lenght 152. Im 5.6″ and my weight is 155 lbs. I’m beginner-intermediate and prefer running all-mountain but wants to ride some park too. Would it be hopeless riding all-mountain, off-pist with the lenght 152?

  54. I went and rode 2 plus feet of powder on a 154 I think you’ll have to fight it a bit more but it’s still doable. Go for it if the price is right just be prepared to work harder in certain situations.

  55. Ben says:

    Hi Angry. I know this is an older board now but I’m looking for a park/jib board with soft flex for buttering and playful riding. Ideally something that can hold up on off-piste powder though.
    Would you recommend the Hero, K2 WWW or Ride Buckwild?

    I’m 6’2″ and weigh 180lbs, what size would suggest?


  56. The Buckwild is stiffer than people realize. The WWW is a noodle. This is honestly your best bet out of the three. I would get it in a 56ish size.

  57. Ben says:

    So 156W in the Burton Hero? Forgot to mention I’m an 11 boot so need a wide.

  58. Ben says:

    Cheers for your help.

    Last question, any other models from the 2012-2013 range that you would recommend looking at?

  59. Arbor Westmark or Blacklist.

  60. Tiberiu says:

    I’m looking to buy my first board. I’m a beginner and I’ve been reading review for the Burton Hero. I’m 6’0″ feet and 180lbs. A 158cm Hero board would be ok for a beginner? Thanks.

  61. I wouldn’t recommend it.

  62. Tiberiu says:

    What board would you recommend for a beginner?

  63. Alex says:

    Hi this is my second year snowboarding and I have been riding a Burton Hero Smalls 142. I really enjoy the board both in park and groomers. I’m hitting jumps now fairly easily and confidently and am beginning to attempt rails and boxes in the park.
    I’m looking around for a new board for next year and have been researching boards and shapes for the past week or so. If I want to move into more Hibbing and jumping in the park and a little less groomers what style and flex would u recommend in comparison to my hero smalls?
    I’m 5’2 120-125 lbs boot size 8.5 (I’m a 17 year old senior in high school so I’m planning on growing a little bit more going into college)
    I currently have 2014 custom bindings
    I have found some boards such as the flow era, ride crook, and burton custom Flying V that appeal to me. I also found out about arbor boards through my buddy and he loves his board.
    Any recommendations?

  64. Either the Ride Crook or perhaps the Arbor Draft.

  65. Alex says:

    Okay thanks for the help!

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