Board: Burton Mod Fish
Camber Option: Directional Flat Top. A setback flat with rocker profile.
Bindings: Custom EST
Stance: 21 Wide 12 Negative 9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Spring pow, chunder, and fresh groomers.
Flex: A little below mid stiff in the nose, mid stiff between the feet, and stiffening up even more in the tail. Overall it sits just between all mountain and freeride.
Stability: If you get too much weight onto the nose it can get a little sketch, but keep your weight centered or over your back foot and its really stable. Crushes through crud like a champ and straight lines like a freeride deck. Zero complaints in this department.
Ollies/Pop: This is one of those parts of this deck that makes it feel just a bit freeridey. The Snap comes primarily from the stiffness. It’s there, but it’s a skate pop you have to muscle through. It will boost you, but you do need to put your ass into it.
Butterability: Nose butters, yes. Tail butters, you better not be skipping leg day. This is another one of the pieces of the board that feels more freeride inspired than pow-surfy. The tail is really torsionally stiff and being tapered there just isn’t a lot of board back there to bend. Pow butters is about the extent of what you can get out of the tail.
Carving: This was honestly the best part of this board. Flat camber drops into carves so nice and the tapered tail just cruises through an arc so smooth with zero hook. The torsionally stiff tail didn’t fold once and you can just slam your back foot and accelerate through the apex. Point it and make 2 turns, wear a hole through your jacket dragging your nips, or make a thousand quick snappy turns, whatever you want.
Rider in Mind: Powerful dude looking for a pow surfer or smaller guy looking for a pow/freeride deck for a good price.
Personal Thoughts: The 151 would have been more ideal for me for the terrain we were all riding that day as the 56 was just a little bit more board than I typically ask for while riding trees. Out in the open spots is where this size really lit up for me and I could really send it. We came across a couple of pillow lines I’d never hit and the board definitely boosted my stomp confidence. The torsionally stiff tail did catch on me a couple times in the trees when I got off balance and not quite on my line. In the woods this is not a very forgiving deck as it takes a lot of effort to foot steer it.
Comparable Boards: Venture Zelix, Rossignol Krypto, Salomon Sick Stick
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This board was loaned to us for review by Burton Snowboards marketing department.