Every once in a while a board comes along from a company I despise that makes me say god damn this is a great stick. Well with Burton this just happens to be that deck, I can’t really fault this deck as it fits perfectly into the criteria I look for with a deck for myself. Without further interruption here’s my take on the Burton Joystick.
Board: Burton Joystick
Camber Option: V rocker just a 3 stage rocker.
Bindings: Burton Exiles
Angles: 15 negative 12
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny and blue skies as far as the eye can see.
Preconceived Notions: I had heard this board might be the stick that would be the fabled Burton deck I’d like since it was a beefed up Hero and designed to take it all.
Flex: Somewhere past middle of the road but not on that stiff side of that spectrum.
Stability: Stable but lively so it wasn’t so damp it killed the life of the board.
Ollies/Pop: Super snappy and just wanted to boost you to the moon.
Butterability: The rocker made it a super fun deck for pressing it around and taping it into presses.
Cruising: Edge to edge is super solid on this deck and it locks in through turns without folding like some rockered decks do.
Jibbing: Super fun for locking into presses and sliding it around on boxes.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that rides a twin everywhere and demands a deck that can do it all.
Personal Thoughts: This deck is definitely one of the most fun boards I’ve been on in a long time from Burton and ranks as one of the best I rode at the Loveland demos. I’d seriously consider adding this deck to my quiver cause it was just that much fun. Only downside is that gay ass ICS system, I will never fully trust it ever.
What They Say: Driven by the explosive riding of guys like Jack Mitrani, and Chris Sorman, the NEW Joystick™ is an all-mountain destroyer that will propel you to new levels. Balancing warp speed edge control and drive with force field stability on takes-offs and landings, the Joystick pushes V-Rocker™ performance into entirely new territories. Forgiving and fun, yet incredibly agile and aggressive, three-stage rocker designs don’t get more turbo-charged than this.
Binding Compatibility: In my opinion this binding was a solid mix for this deck, it matched up super well and drove the board super well.
Binding Adjustability: Easy binding to adjust which is typical with any Burton binding.
Straps: Finally a strap from these guys that doesn’t crush the insides of my feet and cause severe discomfortl
Highbacks: Did their job and flexed the way I wanted.
Binding Flex: Very similar to my K2 Formulas.
Ratchets: Did their jobs without any problems.
Rider in Mind: Someone that will ride the whole mountain and just needs a meat and potato styled binding that won’t be over kill with useless features.
Personal Thoughts: Binding was solid, if I was limited by an ICS channel this would be my binding of choice it felt that good.
What They Say: Shed the clutter and keep the core with the NEW Exile EST’s bare bones approach to shredding. Experience maximized feel, cushioning, and connectivity with the SensoryBED™. Press through the kink and spin harder than a break-dancing rave DJ with the new laterally supportive Asym Superstrap™. An indestructible baseplate and soft, forgiving “tombstone” hi-back seal the deal in your quest to land every trick in the book.