So what happens when a company takes a board that’s been “the standard” and continues to bastardize it and remove it from its place at the top of the food chain? Well that my friends is what you get with the new Burton Custom V-Rocker check out my take on a board that’s been around for ages and continues to not fit into the mold that it created.
Board: Burton Custom
Camber Option: V-Rocker, three stage rocker so v between the feet then even more in the tips.
Bindings: Non EST Infidels
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny bluebird with a bit of crispness
Preconceived Notions: The custom the most bastardized board in the Burton line up, once the staple of all mountain versatility now this thing, but hey at least it has V-Rocker so it has potential to be fun.
Flex: Somewhere between plank and door.
Stability: V-Rocker gives a looser feel so in the tips you get a little bit of chatter but nothing that’ll kill an experienced rider.
Ollies/Pop: Blah this thing is about as flat as that Crystal Clear Pepsi I ordered off ebay.
Butterability: V-Rocker does allow for more playful tips and tails but the flex definitely negates the full use you could get from this board.
Cruising: You can go edge to edge no problem but that dead feeling just makes this board so blah.
Jibbing: Flex isn’t the greatest for this but the V-Rocker helps just like any alternate camber would for jibbing.
Rider in Mind: Someone that buys the Burton bullshit and would think this is the board that will do it all and give them a rub and tug afterwards. Or the guy that has repeatedly bought the Custom for the last two decades.
Personal Thoughts: Every time I ride this board I get disappointed, sure you’re saying I’m just a hater. Truth be told favorite deck I owned growing up was an old 99/00 Custom. That was a board I progressed a ton on and had a lot of fun with. This is however not that, it’s a bastardized board with a rocker in it that tries to lure you in to being more fun, for the price save the cash and go look at another company.
What They Say: We’ve remixed the master with the game-changing feel and effortless control of V-Rocker. Add souped up edges, a softer flex, and slightly wider waist width and you get a stick that’s precisely engineered to crank unbelievable turns, land more tricks, and add amplitude to your ollies. From jumpers to jibbers, pow slashers to cruisers-this is the without a doubt one board that everyone will blast on.
Binding Compatibility: Retrofitted Infidels with the 2 hole disk.
Binding Adjustability: Well it’s 2 screws and 4 turn knobs so if we had a problem here I think the guy manning the booth would be retarded. But alas it went together well and is easy enough even a one handed cave dweller could do it.
Straps: Didn’t hurt my ankle as much as the other Burton straps out there. Cushy enough to not cause pressure points but not so soft you fold through them.
Highbacks: These have those new fangled wings that were around when I was a kid years ago. Do they do anything, nothing that I noticed whether I was driving into a turn or getting into a nose or tail press. I say we take a page from bHappy’s Cole Atencio and reverse the highbacks so the wings are on the inside and get pressy.
Binding Flex: Somewhere in that mid flexing all mountain park spectrum.
Ratchets: Yep they do their trick.
Rider in Mind: Probably more for the jib kid that believes with wings he’ll press and fly away, but I say anyone looking to do some all mountain could do it.
Personal Thoughts: Not overly impressed with these, they did their job but nothing I’d rant and rave about.
What They Say: Going at it with hacksaws, drills, and lasers, the R&D crew set out with Keegan and Mikkel to mastermind an all-new park experience. Bringing old school thinking full circle, Keegan’s winged hi-back joins forces with a NEW Asym Superstrap for more controlled presses, spins, and butters. Underfoot we increased the cushioning with the NEW FullBED, giving you yet another reason to always seek the flattest landing possible.