Board: Burton Custom Flying V
Camber Option: Flying V. Reverse in the middle, camber under foot, and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Early morning groomers that consisted of snow that was frozen as fuck, firmer than fuck, and once it warmed up perfect. The skies were blue, the wind was strong, and everything else was what you wanted for testing a deck.
Flex: This board is a middle of the road flex. The tips have the most play, then it’s stiffer under foot, and then a good amount of flex between the bindings. This center flex carried over into the torsional give.
Stability: While not the most stable board out there it survived going through chunder, frozen mounds of snow, and just about every condition that was out there. As this is a lively snowboard expect to feel the variations in the snow.
Ollies: Having camber zones under foot gives this board its pop. You can initiate the snap one of two ways. First like traditional camber where you get a lot of pop or second like a skateboard where you’re very late in and lazy in how you initiate it.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps but can be a little loose when setting up on edge. Overall though the pop is there if you know how to change how you ride to initiate it and the board does well on varying sized hits.
Butterability: This board can butter. The camber profile coupled with the flex pattern makes it easy to initiate butters of all varieties. Go fast, go slow, do whatever you want.
Jibbing: Presses come naturally on this board much like buttering. The one thing I would warn is when doing nose/tail presses find your sweet spot and balance on that otherwise you can go over the handle bars or wash out from having your weight too far forward.
Carving: If the snow’s soft and good this thing rips a turn, if it’s frozen death chunder you get the saucer sled effect. I found that turning was easily initiated and took minimal effort to transition from toe to heel. Hard carves could be pushed further by driving the flex of the board through the arc of the turn.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestylist that is looking for a quiver killer.
Personal Thoughts: The Custom is one of those boards that’s touted as being a true quiver killer. The Flying V in this years model lives up to that hype. The boards fun and one of those decks that can easily do it all without letting you down. It’s a master only to the terrain you want to limit it to and won’t hold you back.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Coda Rocker, Jones Mountain Twin, Marhar Archaic
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*