Board: Burton Process Kilroy 2018 (same as Process but with special team graphics)
Type: Freestyle - True Twin
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 Process is a board that performs and won’t break the bank. Coming in hot with full regular camber through the entire length of the board, a sintered base, and Burton’s proprietary “the channel” and “infinite ride” technologies, this is a versatile board that is going to be fun anywhere on the mountain. The biggest standouts for me on the process are its pop and versatility when it comes to park and freeriding.
Carving & Edge Hold: Testing this board at Mount Hood provides a great opportunity to ride through very variable conditions throughout the day, starting off firm in the morning and melting into soft and wet granular slush by the afternoon. The Process performed well consistently throughout the day, able to hold a strong edge in all conditions. The slush eventually became deep in spots and was very wet and heavy, this combination was able to overpower the snowboard in a couple of situations when the nose sunk too deep during a turn. This is something I don’t see happening in normal conditions. The sidecut is aggressive, but I would still consider it more of a freestyle sidecut that feels comfortable through a wide range of speeds. This snowboard does well carving and getting around, but isn’t on the same level as an all-mountain or freeride specific board.
Flex: Burton found a nice middle of the road flex that’s capable of everything and doesn’t feel especially soft or firm. The slushy snow leached some leverage when trying presses, butters and ollies, but after it was all said and done I would rate this board right around a 5/10; a true medium flex that stays sturdy into the tips of the snowboard.
Stability: The medium flex feels good at higher speeds charging through uneven terrain, but isn’t so strong that it makes jibbing and butters too difficult. The level of stability is very well rounded and will stand up to the abuse most situations bring to the table. Things can start to get squirrelly when riding aggressively with lots of speed, although it takes more than it would for many other freestyle boards to overpower this deck. It’s a great balance for those of you looking for a do-it-all style freestyle oriented board.
Butters: The soft slush worked against me for butter tricks, but those tricks were still available once I figured out the balance zones. The medium flex and regular camber require some effort to press and balance with while also creating a need to focus on your edges and what's happening on the snow (especially in the slush). Basically, this board is all right for butter tricks for the intermediate to advanced rider and may feel a bit overwhelming to a beginner.
Park: This is one area where the boards design all comes together to give you something fun and precise in any situation you find yourself in. Jibs, jumps, side-hits and everything else freestyle are fair game on this snowboard. I would say that the process lends itself more to jumping although I still had a great time through the jib line and was able to activate presses while still maintaining control. Pressing will require more focus and effort than it will on softer more jib focused snowboards. Jumps are going to feel at home and natural until you start to get on the very large side of the spectrum.
Pop/Snap: This is a sturdy snowboard that isn’t incredibly difficult to flex and load up tension with, which is a nice combination with regards to pop. Once tension is loaded in the board and your tail starts to leave the ground, the board provides some solid snap and is definitely capable of ollieing big obstacles or clearing gaps. This is a poppy snowboard; I would say it has above average pop.
Recommendations: The Burton Process snowboard is a great snowboard for the freestyle oriented rider looking for a do-it-all solution. This snowboard is going to stand up to big jumps and high impact scenarios while still feeling comfortable in situations where playfulness is valuable, such as jibbing. If you aren’t interested in park, there are better solutions out there for you. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
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