Burton easily the biggest name in the snowboard world and one that some people run screaming towards like their favorite boy band teen idol masturbatory fantasy while others like to kick the ground and say how much they hate. While I reserve my hate towards a bunch of dumb asses that work(ed) for the company and the we’re too cool mentality that they have here in CO I will say this about the Easy Livin it was a fun board, so here is my take on Burtons deck and flying V technology.
Board: Burton Easy Living
Camber Option: Flying V which is basically what Never Summer is doing with the R.C. technology, Nitro’s Gullwing, Mervins Banana C2, etc. etc.
Bindings: Burton Cartel EST’s
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Bluebird and crisp
Preconceived Notions: I had heard a lot of great things about this deck and while I’m not the biggest fan boy of the Big B. I knew I had to give it a shot.
Flex: Somewhere in the land of medium park flex.
Stability: Surprisingly good for a deck that has no weight to it and of this small of a size.
Ollies/Pop: That micro camber really lets you get some pop.
Butterability: Easily predictable cause of the rockered areas which allowed it to get bent when I wanted it.
Cruising: Solid edge to edge transmission and I was fully able to rail a hard carve with it no problems at all.
Jibbing: Locked into presses really well and was easy enough to press but not so soft I’d go over the handle bars.
Rider in Mind: Park kid that’s spending all day lapping jumps, jibs, and pipe but still needs a deck for those occasional freeride runs with friends.
Personal Thoughts: Actually can’t fault this deck other than the fact it was EST which I’ll never be a fan of EVER. I had a blast on this deck and was super stoked with how it rode and at one point thought damn I could ride this until I met the Joystick but that review is coming later.
What They Say: Meet the Good Wood winner and latest in hybrid performance. As Danny puts it, “camber beneath your feet feels like trucks on a skateboard, you can lock into rails so well. It has the quickness and butter of V-rocker and you can just ollie off anything into a nice quick turn. Shit’s killer.”
Binding Compatibility: Well according to their site they say the Cartel is the binding you want with this but I disagree.
Binding Adjustability: Slap it on the track, lock it down, micro adjust the straps and you’re out the tent and on the slopes.
Straps: Typical Burton problem the heel strap no matter where you set it sits right on the inner navicular and causes a pressure point and discomfort.
Highbacks: Again with too much natural forward lean come on guys.
Binding Flex: Somewhere past middle of the road.
Ratchets: Yep they’re ratchets they do their job like they should.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes their knees constantly bent at uncomfortable angle with a slightly past mid flexing flex.
Personal Thoughts: Cartels are garbage fuck this binding when will it disappear from their line?
What They Say: A peak to parking lot tour de force– the Cartel EST is our most capable freestyle binding. Shredded daily by Jeremy, Mason, Kevin, and a host of regional team riders, it’s no wonder this is the target every competitor is aiming for. With the comfort and control of an anatomical hi-back and added feel and cushioning of the NEW Sensory BED 2, dreams don’t get more real than this.