Board: Burton Process Off-Axis
Camber Option: Purepop Camber. Burtons version of camber 2.0. Traditional camber into a flat spot before the upkick in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny skies with a mix of blue and clouds, warm temperatures, snow that ranged from perfect hero snow to absolute sludge chunder, and a lot of wind.
Flex: This board was very playful almost bordering on being a more jib oriented deck. The tips had the most play, little stiffer under foot, and then that same tip flex between the feet. There was an abundance of torsional flex.
Stability: The board wasn’t overly stable but it didn’t buck me in the varying terrain I was on when flat basing. I did notice if you pushed the board too hard it would overflex and want to wash out though.
Ollies: Purepop delivers great snap, the problem is that right where the camber meets the flat zone you get a section that can be over flexed and wash out. This happened to me a few times when hitting side hits as well as ollieing over a slow sign. Basically you had to make sure the snow was firm because if it wasn’t you wouldn’t get the rebound you want and the board would wash out.
Pop On Jumps: For it’s size it was great for the jumps I was hitting. I wouldn’t have hesitated to take it to something bigger. But, I think with the tip flex you might not want to hit super booters of doom. Loading up to pop was easy enough.
Butterability: Here’s where this board stood out. The tips lock in perfectly for butters and that kink in the camber flex point is great for holding a press. I found myself just riding around doing more butters than normal on this deck due to that.
Jibbing: Much like buttering this board is a dream to jib on. It locks into presses, slides easily, and wants more from every jib you have. There’s enough snap when locked into a press to pop out of any feature.
Carving: Depending on the snow it was decent for hard carving, you just had to be aware that over center flexing the board would cause it to wash out. Can you hard carve on it? Definitely. Would I do it all the time? Nope.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that wants a lively board with camber that can have pop but also be forgiving.
Personal Thoughts: It was weird feeling that spot where the camber meets the flat wash out on me. If it had happened once I would have thought it was just me, but it happened numerous times on different obstacles. I also noticed that it would wash out on hard carves when being pressed through the apex of the turn harder. Overall it’s a fun ride and has some stuff that sticks out but I kind of wish I had been on the next size up.
Comparable Boards: Niche Knew, Endeavor Live, Yes Basic
Check out the past review of the 2017 Burton Process Off-Axis.
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change drastically for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*