Board: Burton Branch Manager
Camber Option: Directional Camber. Rocker and camber in the nose with traditional camber under the back foot. Think of this like Burton’s old S Camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, a little wind, and a few inches of fresh snow on top of the almost 3 feet that had fallen in the last 2 days.
Flex: The overall flex felt a little bit past middle of the road making it a bit of a stiffer ride. The nose with the rocker had a lot more play than the tail which had camber. There was a fair amount of torsional give.
Stability: This board is stable. Riding over chunder, frozen wind scoured snow, fresh pow, rutted out terrain, and everything in between the board never once wanted to buckled or wash out. This board was lively yet precise.
Ollies/Pop: Having camber in this board really let you load it up and boost it. The snap was precise and lively which made it a force to be reckoned with when jumping over varying snow and natural obstacles.
Butterability: You have to push this board a bit more to get a good deep butter out of it. Which is nice because it gives you snap back out of the butter.
Carving: Setting an edge on a groomer really let you rail a hard turn on this thing. I found myself just laying carves whenever I had the chance and knowing this board would spring out of them. Edge to edge transitioning was super easy.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s going to take this board from the steeps to the trees and still ride around on a groomer if they have to.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been a long time since Burton made a board that stood out as being awesome as fuck. This is that board. It was surfy, yet snappy, and had a lot of precision behind it. I could rail a hard turn then slash through some knee deep snow with ease. In the trees this board wanted to go fast and push itself through the turns. The synopsis for this board is; just buy it and you won’t be disappointed.
Comparable Boards: Venture Zelix, Rome Sawtooth, Dinosaurs Will Die PowReaper
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.