Board: Burton Custom Kilroy 2018
Type: All-Mountain – Directional
Camber Option: Regular Camber
Rider Weight/Height: 150 LBS/5’10”
Resort: High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Firm in the morning quickly changing to soft slush throughout the day
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The Burton Custom snowboard is a true king of versatility. The reference stance is setback about 1 inch, but can still be ridden like a twin by simply pushing your stance forward. This is a huge advantage in my opinion, allowing you to easily switch from twin to directional depending on conditions; this is simplified even more with Burtons channel binding system. Outside of the contact points the nose is longer than the tail providing additional float in powder and soft, deep slush. Constructed with Burtons infinite ride technology that utilizes a machine to break the snowboard in for you, the Custom is going to maintain its power and feel season after season.
Carving & Edge Hold: A sintered base provides more durability and speed over any type of terrain, allowing the Custom to glide effortlessly over dry or wet snow and everything in-between. Burton balanced out the sidecut nicely so that you still have slow speed maneuverability that won’t buck you out of your turn when carving with speed. Uneven and variable terrain is not an issue for this snowboard. You will be able to hold a strong edge at speed and charge through any chop you come across while maintaining precision control.
Flex: The Burton Custom has a twin flex, which means it can actually be ridden as a twin by centering your stance within the sidecut as mentioned above. The flex is sturdy and stays strong all the way into the tips. I would rate this board as a medium-stiff flex around a 6/10.
Stability: This snowboard will provide you with above average stability and great board feel. Laying out carves at speed, bombing through chop, and sending large gaps is the type of riding the Custom is built to stand up to. There is enough stability to handle any kind of riding and doesn’t feel overly rigid. Minimal chatter is created when riding at high speeds.
Butters: Butters are a little tricky on the Custom; especially in the slushy conditions we had on Hood. The board is rigid enough so that you won’t get a whole lot of bend out of the board when leaning your weight over the tips, turning butter tricks into more of a balancing act than on softer snowboards. If you like butters they are there for the taking but this definitely isn’t an area that stands out.
Park: When it comes to freestyle riding this snowboard excels at jumps. Comfortable from the small to the very large this snowboard is going to provide precise control on the approach and takeoff, and stay sturdy on landings. Off balance in the air? Just throw down a landing gear by dipping your tail and feel the support as you re-center. For rail features this board is just a bit stiff, making it less maneuverable for tricks like spins on/off of features as well as presses.
Pop/Snap: This snowboard is going to provide you with above average pop, especially if you are accustomed to loading tension up in stiffer snowboards. With its medium-stiff flex the Custom can hold a significant amount of tension and will release it with explosive force. Its got lots of pop to give, the limiting factor will likely be how much you are able to load it up; technique is critical.
Recommendations: This is a great snowboard for the freerider that can appreciate the versatility to truly explore the entire mountain. This is a board that is going to dominate groomers, slay steep and technical runs, actually float in powder, and still hold its ground in the terrain park. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
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