Board: Burton Free Thinker
Camber Option: Traditional Camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, warm temps, mild winds, and snow that was soft on top but firm underneath.
Flex: As this is Danny Davis’s freestyle board it comes in with a middle of the road flex that is playful and poppy. You get a little more flex in the tips then a consistent flex from middle of the way back from the contact point through the center of the board. The torsional flex is abundant but not over powering.
Stability: While this board is lively it still survived plowing through a rutted out chunder field. It did get a little chattery at speeds in the tip, but not enough to call it deadly.
Ollies: Having traditional camber with a blunted shape gives this board a platform that you can really pop with. So load it up and prepare to send it.
Pop On Jumps: This board jumps with ease as long as you’re familiar with riding camber, if you’re not, get acquainted. Small to large it’s got you covered.
Butterability: I found that you had to aggressively press into this boards blunt shape due to the camber profile. While not the easiest board to butter if you know what you’re doing and like some rebound it’s got you covered.
Jibbing: Much like buttering it takes a bit more effort o lock into a press. When you are locked in though you’ll know it and you can pop out aggressively from any nose/tail combination. Getting sideways this board hugs the feature with ease but still lets you manipulate it as need be.
Carving: You can set an edge but there were some limitations. I found when I tried to aggressively carve it that it didn’t snap out of the turn like others and would sometimes wash out on the toe or heel. Doing mellow turns it initiates with next to no effort and lets you play through the process.
Rider in Mind: Park rider that likes snap and will venture out around the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: I swear it seems like every year they tweak Danny’s model. Is it enough of a tweak? Eh, that remains to be seen. It’s a snowboard at the end of the day and it has some nice snap while being very lively and responsive. While not for everyone it definitely stands out as the camber dominant park board for the aggressive rider in the Burton line up.
Comparable Boards: IPP Honalee, Rome Mod, Arbor Relapse
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