The Sherlocks one of those boards that can do everything you put in front of it but finds itself at home frolicking amongst the white fluffy wonderland that is the epic powder day. Last year this board stood out as a solid stick from Burton and nothings changed for 2012 except finally testing it in conditions it was meant to shralp. Here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Burton Sherlock
Camber Option: Flying V. Continuous rocker between the feet and after them.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Angles: What I’m guessing was somewhere between 12 and 18 on the front and negative 6 to 15 on the rear due to having to count the ridges and pray they didn’t shift when jimmy rigging the k2’s on this board.
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
Resort: Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with a few clouds and fresh powder. Brecks powder was heavy Northwest style and A Basins was some of the lightest Colorado fluffy snow you could want.
Preconceived Notions: I’ve ridden last years in a 54 it was solid and a lot of fun and honestly there isn’t any change that I can tell to next seasons.
Flex: Stiffer twin flex meant more for charging than buttering around on groomers and jibbing. Torsional flex had a good bit of give which let you manipulate the board through carves on hard packed. There seems to be a bit more play in the tips than between the feet.
Stability: Through chop, chunder, and rutted out fluffy pow there wasn’t any instances of thinking fuck I’m going to die. Add to that cruising around on groomers at high speeds and other than a little flutter in the end of the tips from the rocker profile no instances of instability.
Ollies/Pop: The snap out of the tips in powder was one of the best features on this board. I’ve said this board has great snap before in my review of last years model, but this is where it really excelled. The shape allowed you to just blast over anything in your path.
Butterability: Real playful and easy to mess around with on the tips. Pow butters were by far the easiest I’ve ever experienced on any deck.
Cruising: Initiating a turn came quick with ease. On edge it always felt locked in and not like it was going to wash out.
Jibbing: The tips locked in great on presses and the flex was solid enough for jibbing but still made you work for it.
Rider in Mind: The powder freestyle guy. This is where the board is at home. Spinning off hits into fresh snow and playing around in the backcountry. You can definitely ride this all mountain without any issues but if you’re spending more time in the pow I’d recommend that.
Personal Thoughts: Honestly nothings really changed in this model from last seasons. ICS can still blow me and thanks Burton for not sending me any bindings that would fit this I don’t ride your bindings good thing I was able to rig up some K2’s to work on it so I could ride it. Other than that the review speaks for itself the boards solid and its truly at home in deep powder. I wish I was able to hit a backcountry booter session on this as I think that it would have proven itself on yet another genre it’s at home with.
What They Say: Solving mysteries of the deep.
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