Board: 2017 Burton Custom Twin
Type: All Mountain/Freestyle
Camber Option: Pure Pop Camber (camber between the inserts, flat underfoot)
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Resort: High Cascade Summer Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Sunny skies and granular slush
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The Custom Twin sets a pretty heavy standard for how an all mountain freestyle board should be expected to perform; this twinned out version of the time-tested Burton Custom provides loads of pop and stability, and is able to do pretty much anything you set your mind to from powder to the terrain park.
Carving: We were able to take this board through some pretty variable conditions ranging from really firm snow that’s icy in spots to soft granular slush, and the board handled really well. It responded quickly as soon as any force was applied to the edge, and also did a great job absorbing chatter and vibrations going over some of the more rough terrain.
Edge Hold: I was happy with the amount of weight this board could take before losing an edge, I could really feel the pressure building up in my legs with no sign of the edge beginning to slip. Being able to carve really aggressively was something that stood out on this board for both Kevin and I.
Flex: The Custom Twin has a consistent and predictable flex throughout the board, but it is pretty stiff both lengthwise and torsionally. I would say on the stiffer side of medium.
Stability: On par with what you should expect out of an all mountain snowboard, it felt sturdy and in control at high speeds and was able to maintain that feeling through choppy snow as well. The freestyle aspect of the design doesn’t cause any noticeable drawbacks on stability.
Butters: The flat sections underfoot provide a bit of a more of a playful feel when you’re buttering around on this board, and you can feel the tension load up in the deck ready to provide some extra boost on your way out as well.
Jibbing: I like the way this one felt on jibs but I definitely stuck to the type of tricks you do on stiff boards, so basically no presses. Locking into rails and sliding sideways felt good, but you're going to have to put in a little extra effort to get into a good looking press.
Jumps: This is where I felt the freestyle aspects of the Custom Twin really shined the most. The camber pre-loads as you're coming up the take off, great edge control while initiating your trick, and ample stability to help ensure you ride away on the landing. I noticed this board did a great job at cutting through the slush on the soft sun-baked landings providing a solid platform to land on instead of washing out.
Pop/Snap: This board has got some pretty decent pop. The first tail block I did I was ready for the spring on the way out, but it had so much pop that it actually sprung me forward making me land super nose heavy and almost fall. Its got enough pop to get over that rope, or onto that feature, or over to that landing, and then some.
Recommendations: The Burton Custom Twin is a board for the rider who wants the snowboard ready to handle anything. The rider that might be hitting some left over powder in the morning, then sending jumps and jibs in the park for the afternoon. This board is going to be fun anywhere you take it, but keep in mind it is designed to accommodate terrain park snowboarding as well. I would recommend it to intermediate and up snowboarders due to the more aggressive feeling that comes with the regular camber and somewhat stiff flex.
Special thanks to High Cascade Snowboard Camp!
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