Board: Burton Name Dropper
Camber Option: Flat Top. Flat between the feet with early rise tips
Bindings: Stay Calm EST Med
Stance: 21 Wide 9 Negative 9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155
Conditions: Firm-ish slush softening up into your typical spring conditions.
Flex: Just below middle of the road for a park deck. That nice middle ground that lets it not be a full on jump deck or jib deck for smaller or less powerful guys
Stability: This is probably where the whole core construction thing really makes the most difference. For how soft the board is tip to tail, it’s stiffer than that average deck would be torsionally. So you do actually get some pretty good stability at speed and through crud as the board isn’t getting bucked around in a twisting way. You also have the foam under foot so it rides pretty damn smooth too.
Ollies: Pretty solid snap. If you really get after the pre-load you might over snap it but you really have to try. It never blew me away but I was always either satisfied or pleasantly surprised.
Pop On Jumps: The stiffer torsional flex compared to tip to tail flex was actually really comfy on jumps. The tip to tail being a little softer allowed you to really soak in the lip and the torsional stiffness really let you snap things out. The pads are nice for landing things too.
Butterability: The seemingly opposing flexes took a minute to get used to, but once you did it was good. I mean, it is flat and softish after all.
Jibbing: The extra torsional stiffness isn’t too much that you can’t get twisty with it when you need to get into a press or lock into a boardslide. The tips have that nice comfy predictable lock in feeling that isn’t to hard to muscle into if you don’t land directly on the good sized sweetspot that sits just outside the binding zone.
Carving: Being able to bend the board fairly easy but know that the contact points are going to stay engaged was awesome. Probably some of the most fun I’ve had laying down Euro trenches on a mid stiff park deck in a long while.
Rider in Mind: All around freestyle duder who’s been watching the Yawgoons and wants to carve like them when he’s not in park. Or all mountain freestyle who rides the mountain like a park.
Personal Thoughts: This used to be a full blown noodle and was pretty much relegated to rails and small jumps. Now that Burton gave the board some substance it’s a pretty stand out park deck from them. The whole idea that the composite layers are closer together and that giving the deck a better resistance to stress breaks is sound, but I didn’t really get a chance to test that. You are definitely less likely to binding snap the deck with all that foam under foot though.
Comparable Boards: Ride Kink, Rome Gangplank, Interior Plain Project Harrow
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2017 so we carried the 2016 review over.