Board: Burton Skipjack
Camber Option: Directional Flat Top. Flat from the tail through the front insert pack and then rocker in the nose.
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 with pockets of sunshine and blue poking through, fresh snow in most spots otherwise icy to heavy powder, and a little bit of wind.
Flex: A surf inspired directional flex with a softer nose progressively stiffening up to the tail. The torsional flex is also a bit rigid. Overall it’s a slightly stiffer deck for the freeride pow surfing category.
Stability: Having the perfect conditions to go surfing from charging through chunder, moguls, tree runs, fresh pow, and all types of variable terrain I can safely say this board is stable. You don’t feel a lot of vibrations as the surf pad on the top seems to do a great job of dampening them. The flex, shape, and camber profile do a great job of also helping you as a rider to not get bucked around.
Ollies/Pop: You lose a tail to load up and snap with when riding this board. All the pop you get will come out of your back leg which can make it tiring when you’re trying to jump off cornices, rocks, bush gaps, and cat tracks. Is there some snap? A little, but not anything to write home about.
Butterability: I’ll be honest and didn’t even really try anything other than a few tail wheelies. It’s just not a board in my opinion for high speed pow buttering. Can it be done? Definitely.
Carving: The sidecut rips on a groomer and leaves a trench. You do however have to use a bit more energy to get it to transition from edge to edge. By and large if you’re coming out of a pow field and going to ride some groomers to the lift you can rip a turn though.
Rider in Mind: For the person that likes to surf the snow, or will use this as a pow surfer on top of a snowboard.
Personal Thoughts: These short fat pow surfer boards are fun to ride. They do a great job of really letting you cut back and forth when slashing. I think the lack of a tail does hinder this board from having more pop. This isn’t the board for everyone in a powder situation, but for someone that knows what they’re doing it could be a quiver board.
Comparable Boards: K2 Cool Bean, Rome Blur, United Shapes Orbit
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.