Board: Burton Custom Mystery
Camber Option: Purepop Camber. This is Burton’s camber 2.0. It’s traditional camber in the middle into a flat spot between the insert packs and tips, then a small rocker zone that is very minimal but gives a bit of play in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Early morning groomers with bluebird skies, a little bit of wind, some warmer temps, and snow that varied from frozen and firm to perfect hero snow.
Flex: This board was one of the stiffest decks I’ve ridden from Burton and made you work for it. The tips had a unique flex point right where the flat met the rocker which was the area with the most play. Between the feet was the stiffest and the torsional flex matched that. Over all this board hedges more on all mountain freeride than freestyle.
Stability: This is one of the most stable boards in the Burton line that I tested. Riding through all the variable terrain I felt minimal vibrations, the tips didn’t flap around at speed, and busting through chunder the board never wanted to buck me.
Ollies/Pop: Load up the camber and pop. If you really wanted to boost on this board you could, if you wanted to be lazy you could. The one unique thing was popping hard off the tail and initiating the flex point between the flat to rocker zone. If you hit that just right the tail would over flex and give you an insane amount of pop.
Butterability: High speed butters only. Don’t believe me, try it for yourself. The faster you went the easier they were.
Carving: Whether doing short radius or long radius turns this board locked into the carve. Getting low on a Euro-carve took a bit more effort and the board would fight you but in doing so it gave you the spring you needed to transition from toeside to heelside and keep that momentum going.
Rider in Mind: The aggressive all mountain rider that wants a deck that is camber dominate.
Personal Thoughts: This board was snappy and aggressive. I would have loved to have ridden it in a 54 instead of the 58, but such is life. It had insane pop and wanted to drive through every turn with the force of a semi-truck.
Comparable Boards: Rossignol The One, Jones Explorer, Ride Timeless
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.