Board: Burton Skeleton Key
Camber Option: Directional Camber. A setback camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies with low visibility, a donut of bluebird skies with high visibility, blower powder, chunder powder, hot powder, firm snow, fast snow, slow snow, basically anything you can imagine it happened.
Flex: This board is just past a middle of the road flex. What you get is a directional flex that is ever so slightly softer in the nose, stiffening up before the insert pack, then stiffer through the middle, and finally the stiffest in the tail. There’s a little bit of torsional flex, but not enough to overwhelm the board, it more or less compliments the overall flex of this board.
Stability: This board is smooth and stable. It plows through chunder and heavy pow with ease. It doesn’t get bucked around in moguls, rutted out terrain, or uneven groomers. At no point did I notice any abundance of chatter other than what was normal for the conditions.
Ollies/Pop: I found the snap of this board a bit sluggish to engage. You had to really load it up and even when you did it wasn’t the snappiest board in the Burton Family Tree lineup nor did it compare to other directional powder boards like this.
Butterability: While this board is butterable, I noticed that when I would do a 180 into a nose butter the board would lock in quickly then want to snap right out. It’s a board that if you want to pow butter you’re going to have to work harder for it.
Carving: This board can rail a turn with ease. That’s one thing it really has going for it. The edge to edge transmission takes minimal effort and when carving you can press into the board to really drive it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a slightly stiffer more directional freeride/powder board that can carve.
Personal Thoughts: This board was super fun with the only drawback being that it lacks pop. Which really surprised me, but the more I rode around finding things to jump off of and set it up to snap, the more I found it had limitations. Slashing in snow on the other hand is fun with this board and it can do aggressive cut-backs that give you a face shot every time.
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