Board: Burton Custom Flying V
Camber Option: Flying V. Center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome Black Labels
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Overcast skies, puking snow, cold temps, snow that was powder in spots or frozen and wind scoured in others.
Flex: Somewhere near a middle of the road, the Flying V makes it feel softer. You have a lot of torsional flex in this and then it’s stiffer under the insert channel. The tips are soft and playful.
Stability: This is not a super stable board unless you put all your weight onto your back foot. This is a result of the camber profile. You’ll notice that it gets bucked around in variable terrain and even on a perfectly groomed run the board has a lot of chatter to it.
Ollies: This board has the easiest to engage pop, you just snap off the back foot without having to load it up. This gives it a skate like pop. It’s not the snappiest deck though so most of the pop comes from the riders push off their back leg.
Pop On Jumps: It can handle small jumps, I wouldn’t hit anything bigger that’s for sure. It just feels real loose when you pop off a lip.
Butterability: Lean back or lean forward and you’re into a press, they look like shit, but you’re doing it. Basically it doesn’t have a lot of rebound in the tips to push back on you or give you the snap you would want to pop out of anything. It’s there, but not noticeable. At the end of the day for a real lazy rider that wants to impress people by leaning back and holding a press this is it.
Jibbing: It does OK, it’s not anything special. It’s real easy to hold a tail or nose press but there’s no rebound to it and it never feels locked in. It just seems like you might fold it and wash out.
Carving: This board is OK edge to edge, it’s not the nimblest deck I’ve been on but it’s not the worst. If you put all your weight on the back foot and drive it out of a carve you can get it to fold so there are limitations on it. If you’re learning to carve it’ll get the job done, but it’s nothing special.
Rider in Mind: The person that rides 10 days a year, wants a Burton, and an easy to use camber profile that won’t force them to become a better rider.
Personal Thoughts: I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. It got the job done and that’s it. Which is about what you would expect from the Custom as it’s such a staple board in the Burton line. It’s easy to press but it’s so lackluster you just sort of go, “OK it did that, now what?” At the end of the day it has its place for low end intermediate riders and people that just want a Burton.