The Easy Livin is essentially the next generation of UnInc with Danny Davis at the helm giving the feedback on how this board should ride. Following suit in what seems to be the trend in alternate camber is Burtons Flying V which utilizes both camber and rocker. Here’s what I thought of the deck after I took it for a spin at Breck.
Board: Burton Easy Livin
Camber Option: Flying V
Bindings: Burton Cartels
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 160
Conditions: Bluebird park lappers with a bit of firm snow.
Preconceived Notions: Flying V it stands for Flying Vengeance, Flying Vaginas, Flying Vegetables, who cares it’s a board with reverse and camber which generally gives the board different pop and stability.
Flex: Somewhere after middle of the road but more in favor of jumping and pipe than jibbing.
Stability: More stable between the feet looser in the tips, it wasn’t a damp ride but it wasn’t that lively either.
Ollies/Pop: Even though this is one of the decks that mixes reverse with camber you don’t get as good of pop as others that have utilized the cambered tips and reverse center. The snap was OK but still not as good as its counter parts.
Butterability: Loose tips let you play with it more but the stiffer flex kept you locked in when going round and round.
Cruising: Edge to edge this board locked in both switch and regular that wasn’t a problem at all. It was a bit narrow so really laying hard euro style carves wasn’t ideal.
Jibbing: Nose and Tail presses were fine it was board slides where this board just didn’t do as well as others. This is where I think the stiffer flex there comes in to play.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s more into jumping and riding pipe than jibbing and buttering around.
Personal Thoughts: It’s a snowboard it’ll get you down the hill. I wasn’t overly wowed with how this thing rode. It did its job but wasn’t anything great. You can definitely tell it’s based off the old Un-Inc with the shape and the fact it’s narrower than a lot of other decks on the market.
What They Say: Developed by Danny Davis and proven through his trips through the snowboard universe, it’s no wonder so many team riders are Easy Livin users. Given the combined ride-altering effects of our critically acclaimed Flying V rocker/camber combination, grippingly precise Frostbite Edges, and ultra-responsive Lightning Bolts there’s no saying how far you’ll get.
Binding Compatibility: Solid match with this deck it didn’t over power it and wasn’t underpowering.
Binding Adjustability: Micro adjustments that were a little too tight and had to have a screw driver loosen them, other than that everything was quick and painless.
Straps: The toe strap was laughable my boot kept slopping around in it no matter how it was adjusted. It also created a pinch point on the pinky toe. The heel straps on the other hand were a lot better than others from Burton I’ve ridden in the past. Did their job, no pinch points on the instep, and moved fluidly.
Highbacks: By far the greatest advancement in these. It’s the old P1 highback so no longer are you stuck with 57 degrees of natural forward lean forcing your shin to drive through your boot and explode all over your instep. Thank the designers the biggest gripe with Cartels is gone.
Binding Flex: Cartel still remains in the middle of the road for all mountain domination and that’s where it should belong.
Ratchets: Locked and cocked no problem did their thing and that was that.
Rider in Mind: Someone that demands all mountain versatility from the pipe to some pow laps.
Personal Thoughts: Other than the Gettagrip Toe Strap everything was solid on these. Honestly it was the first time I didn’t want to punch a baby in the face after riding a Cartel in like 5 years. So that speaks volumes that it’s going in the right direction.
What They Say: There’s a reason more pors and shop kids choose the Cartel. Simply put, it’s got everything you could ask for-smoke-weight, diesel strenth, and a maxed out comfort in a shred-everything package. The time-tested feel and power of the anatomically accurate baseplate and hi-back is unmatched in the industry. FullBED cushioning smoothes out “oh shit!” landings, while the NEW Gettagrip Capstrap results in instantaneous edge-control and all-day comfort.