I’ve been eyeing these up in the shop for the last two weeks. Trying to figure out exactly how it’ll ride. Which is basically pointless since I won’t know till I get on it. I was stoked on this board
Board: Burton Hero
Bindings: Triads EST size medium
Boots: K2 T1 DB
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Conditions: Windy, Snowing, Cold, windswept, icey in spots
Mindset: Great I’m riding a Burton I said I wouldn’t do this again
My Weight: 165
Tunes: Def Leppard
Preconceived Notions: I had this figured as a typical Burton rush job that would fail. But I was trying to be optimistic that it would ride good.
Flex: It was very similar to my 158 SL R. Even to the point it was pretty predictable. Soft enough to butter but stiff enough to charge. No real surprises from it at all.
Stability: Surprisingly stable for what the board is. I wouldn’t hesitate to charge a steep line with this or a park jump. I’m actually curious as to how this will ride in the half pipe.
Ollies/Pop: I did have to load the tail a bit to get it to pop but it wasn’t bad. I could get decent pop out of it and throwing 180’s around wasn’t a problem.
Butterability: The rocker is what made this board butterable. That I’m certain of but I could do all the variations of butters that I do without hesitation which was nice.
Cruising: Very stable with just the typical nose flapping from the rocker. I could feel the snow underneath as usual, but I attribute that to the ICS.
Jibbing: This board was easy to press on boxes and locked in easily enough. It rides just how they say it will.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a mid flexing twin rockered board. Definitely not a beginers stick but for solid intermediates and up.
Personal Thoughts: I was a bit worried when I was looking down the base of the board while going up the lift and saw that the ICS track has pushed down instead of sucked up on it. So it created these 2 strips in the bottom of it that were pushed out. Based solely on the name of it I won’t buy it because I know I would destroy this thing no questions asked. Their bases are just too thin for me to jib rocks.
Binding Compatibility: EST binding on an ICS couldn’t be much simpler than that.
Binding Adjustability: A trained monkey could adjust this shit its that easy. The poor guy doing my adjustments hands were so cold he was having issues and still managed to get it done.
Straps: The toe cap sucks I think the hole cut in it is too big. The heel strap was a tad too soft for me and with that weird cut out it has I just don’t like it.
Highbacks: They’re too fucking big and suck. Even on 0 lean it still dug in a bit.
Binding Flex: I probably should have gone with the Co2 instead the flex was alright but not what I was looking for personally.
Ratchets: I’d obliterate the ratchets as I used to do with Burtons. Its one of those things I wouldn’t be surprised at. They really aren’t that much different than they were years ago.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a cadilac binding. I’d say beginer up to expert as long as they were down with the highback situations.
Personal Thoughts: The way the bindings built it puts pressure on my inner navicular bone and thats something I can’t deal with. Its just too much pressure and it hurts. Also as usual the EST bindings don’t dampen the way I would like, thankfully the Harshmellow in my boots really helps and makes riding these things bearable.