Board: 2017 Burton Fish
Type: Directional Powder & All-Mountain
Camber Option: Flat underfoot with rocker in the nose (Burtons Directional Flat Top profile)
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Whistler Blackcomb Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Conditions: Powder! 30cm overnight with 20cm the day before, groomers were icy
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: You can see just from looking at the Burton Fish that this is a snowboard that is going to thrive in the powder. From the 30mm taper in the nose to the double swallowtail this board is built to float and slash on those deep days, but also has an aggressive sidecut that provides hard arcing turns on groomers. This board is a great choice to get the most out of those deeper days.
Powder: This board has a long nose, short tail, and 30mm taper in the nose allowing it to effortlessly float on powder. You’ll be able to ride, slash, jump, and land with your weight spread evenly on both feet, and your back leg wont be tired after a long day of riding powder from having to lean back the whole time. The short tail also makes this board very maneuverable in the powder, you’re able to quickly switch from heel to toe and nimbly glide through technical lines. If you are used to riding any sort of twin board in powder, riding on this style of snowboard will change your perspective of what a powder day can be.
Carving & Edge Hold: Burtons directional Flat Top camber profile does a great job assisting with edge hold when carving on harder packed snow. The Fish is also very maneuverable on groomers and transitions quickly from edge to edge, quicker than you might think for a board with such a tapered nose. While I wouldn’t recommend this board as a pure carving board, if you find yourself on some groomers between powder stashes rest assured that you’re still going to have a good time.
Flex: The Burton Fish runs a directional flex to assist with the demands of riding powder, overall the snowboard is fairly stiff. I would say it is about a 6 of 10 in the nose and 7 of 10 in the tail. The stiffer tail provides the stability you need for high speed pow slashes and the slightly softer nose provides a bit of dampening for you over choppy terrain.
Jumps: Rock drops, cliffs, pillows, and natural rollers were all over and ready to be hit as Kevin and I explored some alpine zones on Whistler Blackcomb. Landings were deep and took some getting used to, my biggest take-away of the day is to make sure you land with your weight centered if you want to ride away proper. Lean forward and a tomahawk is probably in store, lean back and the board was ramping out of the landing throwing me on my butt; however once I was able to consistently commit to landing centered riding away in the powder became easy. The feeling of sinking into a cushion and the explosion of snow on landings was also pretty awesome.
Switch: There were a few situations where traversing switch for a little while was more convenient, and thanks to the steep angle of the tails tip the Fish is able to do this without issues. I would recommend riding this directional snowboard in the proper direction whenever possible.
Recommendations: The Burton Fish snowboard is an excellent powder board, and would be a great addition to your quiver to take your powder days to the next level. As far as rider ability goes, if you are out there trying to get after the deep snow I think you are ready to give this style of snowboard a try. Even if you are new to powder this snowboard is going to make managing the snow much easier than trying to make things work with your daily driver.
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