March 09, 2021 9 min read
Burton is a brand that began in the mountains, from humble beginnings in a Vermont barn in 1977, Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter led the way right from the start. He is the undisputed grandfather of modern snowboarding, and many of his ideas and innovations have elevated snowboarding from a backyard hobby to the sport it is today. Unfortunately, Jake is no longer with us, but his snowboarding passion lives within the Burton family. They continue pushing the sport forward with technology and riding that sets the benchmark, their range of 2022 men's snowboards and women's snowboards reflect this passion and innovation.
The past 12 months have thrown up a lot of challenges, but Burton's lineup of 2022 snowboards for the upcoming 2021 season does not disappoint (Australia gets all the latest boards ahead of our northern hemisphere friends, which means you can be one of the first to ride a 2022 board). Trojan is proud of our partnership with Burton, and we are stoked to offer you some of the best snowboards with the freshest graphics available. For this season, you will see many of the classic boards you've come to know and love returning to the Burton line up, with tweaks and refinements to elevate your riding further. Also, you'll be seeing a few new boards, which are sure to become favourites. As always, the graphics on this season's line up are fantastic.
Over the past 20 years, snowboarding has seen many shapes, profiles and innovations come and go. Some have disappeared from the sport, whilst others have stood the test of time. All this means there are many shapes, profiles and riding styles out there - which can get confusing if you're looking for a new board. To make your life a little easier, we have rounded up some of Burton's latest offerings, hopefully making your decision a little easier. If you are new to snowboarding, we break down Snowboard styles, profiles and shapes in our Snowboard Buyer's Guide. Also, we cover the types of camber profile in our A Guide To Snowboard Cambers.
If you are starting in snowboarding or a seasoned pro, an all-terrain / all-mountain board is a great starting point and if you are not sure what board you should get, start with this category. As the name suggests, these boards are your do it all option. From parks, pipes, powder and everything in between, you name it, and these boards will do it. Typically, these boards are directional twins allowing for great riding in both regular and switch stances but offering a little more float in powder than true twin boards.
We have the Burton Process snowboard, which is a great value option to start things off. But don't let the price tag fool you; this is the board of choice for Mark McMorris. With a Triax fiberglass layout and sintered base, this directional twin will be fast and responsive for an intermediate to advanced rider. The Process comes in two profiles; for a floaty relaxed vibe, choose the Flying V or for more control and precision, choose the PurePop camber. Next up is the iconic Burton Custom Snowboard, available in both a traditional camber and Flying V profiles. This board has attained legendary status and suits the intermediate to expert rider. The Custom is the best all-round option for someone wanting to ride everything (on one board). Compared to the Process, the construction is a step up, offering a more lively ride. The twin flex with a directional shape will handle almost any condition. For a slightly more forgiving, floaty ride, choose the Flying V profile or choose the traditional camber profile for more control and precision. If you love the Custom but are looking for a stiffer and more responsive ride, then the Burton Custom X Snowboard is for you. With the same shape and profiles as the Custom, the Custom X has a lighter core with more carbon added for stiffness. All this creates a lightweight, lively board for the aggressive all-mountain expert riders.
The next few all-mountain snowboards could also be considered specialist freeride boards. However, clever designs and geometry mean they will perform well for an intermediate to expert in all conditions. First up is the Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard, a great value option for someone wanting a versatile allrounder with a little extra float in powder (Japan, anyone?). The board has a medium flex, directional shape with Burton's directional camber - consisting of camber underfoot for stability/drive and rocker in the nose for lift in powder. Combined with a 10mm taper (i.e. the tail is narrower than the nose) which makes turning edge to edge quicker and allows for incredible float in powder without rear leg burn. The taper does not kick in until after the rocker upturn, meaning the board still rides really well switch on hard-packed snow, hence the All-Mountain status. The Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard is Danny Davis' go-to. It shares many of the Skeleton Key's characteristics but better in construction, materials, and a stiffer livelier ride. Utilising Burton's directional camber combined with a 7mm taper, this versatile board is equally at home in the park or making tight powder turns in the trees.
Not to be outdone, Burton's All-Mountain women's lineup is a beauty. With lighter Women's-specific fiberglass layups offering softer flex and sizes for smaller riders, you will find a board to suit your all-mountain needs. The Burton Yeasayer Snowboard comes in both a Flying V and Flat Top rocker profile. The intermediate rider will appreciate the more catch-free and forgiving ride these profiles offer, whilst the direction twin shape will be versatile all over the mountain. Choose the floaty Flying V or for a more beginner friendly ride, try the Rocker/Flat Top version. The Burton Feelgood Flying V Snowboard is the best all-around board in Burton's women's lineup for the intermediate to the expert female rider. Offering a slightly stiffer responsive ride than the Yeasayer and more premium materials and construction, this board will be ideal for someone looking to progress all over the mountain.
Freestyle boards (usually) have a true twin shape and more park friendly focus allowing for identical riding in both regular and switch stance. The flex and profile are typically tuned for riders wanting to hit jumps, slide rails and jib around the mountain. Freestyle boards can still be good performers all over the hill.
The Burton Kilroy Twin Snowboard is a great value package for intermediate park enthusiasts. With a Biax™ Fiberglass layup, the flex is on the softer side for a more forgiving ride. However, the full camber profile means this board is still responsive and has plenty of pop for launching. Next is the Burton 3D Kilroy Snowboard. This freestyle board bucks the true twin freestyle trend with a playful directional shape. Suitable for an intermediate to expert rider, the PurePop Camber combined with the 3D profiling makes this one buttery press machine. As a bonus, the 3D profiling in the nose will help this board float in the powder. New for 2022, Burton's Blossom Snowboard sports a unique hand painted graphic from team rider Niels Schack. This board will suit the creative park rider with a true twin camber shape. The Burton Free Thinker Snowboard is Danny Davis' true twin for intermediate to expert riders. With a medium to stiff flex, this board incorporates better materials and construction than previous freestyle boards. In particular, the carbon highlights and camber create a lively ride that will turn really well outside the park.
With its PuerPop camber, the women's Burton Rewind Snowboard makes for a fun, forgiving all-around board. This easy to ride board will suit the intermediate to advanced rider looking for an excellent board for pressing on rails but still has good pop off jumps. The "Filet-O-Flex" design means the core has a thinner profile underfoot for great flex on rails but still allows for control where you need. The Burton Talent Scout Snowboard is the board of choice for iconic rider Anna Gasser. In 2018 Anna became the first female rider to land a triple underflip, so you know this board can do great things. This board is a team favourite and is a step up in construction and materials compared to the Rewind. With a full camber profile and Women's specific Triax Fiberglass, this board works well for the intermediate to the expert rider looking for a quick, responsive and stable board. It will be great all over the mountain or for someone looking to get into the halfpipe this winter.
Freeride boards tend to have a directional shape and set-back stance designed to charge steeper mountains, heavier lines, and bottomless powder. These boards would be an excellent option for a trip overseas where you're expecting deep powder or steeper, less forging lines. We have already mentioned the Skeleton Key, and Deep Thinker (see all mountain above) both these boards would make a great freeride board. A few other great options are below.
New this season, the Burton Cartographer Snowboard is a great value freeride board that combines stability and float for your next big mountain adventure. A directional shape, 5mm of taper and a Triax Fibreglass layup is ideal for moving through mixed terrain. A stiff nose will handle chunder with ease, and the mid-flex will keep it fun riding in pow. The Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard is the ideal board for the intermediate to expert wanting to ride some powder and make great turns on the groomers. The geometry allows the board to feel like a twin when flat but charges big mountain lines with aggression, control and float when you need it.
Burton's Family Tree line of boards are non-gender specific, so the Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero Snowboard is an excellent option for male or female freeriders alike. The directional camber, combined with a 10mm taper allows for great float and lift in pow. However, the rocker in the nose means the board still rides well on hard-packed snow. The torsional flex in this board means it is easy to steer and great for tight turns like you find in the trees. Turn initiation is relatively easy on this board, but once into a turn, it should hold an edge making it a versatile freeride board.
For a freeride specific women's board, the Burton Story Board Snowboard will suit the more aggressive rider. For the ladies looking to ride bigger features, bigger mountains or deeper snow, this directional board with a taper is a great option. The wider nose will displace more snow giving you float where needed, but the extra width in the nose only occurs past the rocker, so it still performs well when riding switch on hard-packed snow.
Getting the correct size board for your riding style and ability could make all the difference. It is hard to give general size recommendations with so many different shapes and styles out there. Burton has made life easy for you by putting recommended rider weights in their size charts, be sure to check out the recommended rider weights for your favourite board on the Trojanwss website. Whilst you're there, don't forget to see which binding sizes will suit your board, Burton also includes this in their board size charts. And finally, if your boot is on the larger size (greater than 10.5 US), you might need a specific wide board. Burton makes a selection of their boards in a wide version.
With so many boards, we can't cover everything in one blog. For detailed information, we recommend you check out the product pages. Links to your favourite boards can be found by clicking images throughout this blog. Also, you can check out the complete range of Burton's 2022 snowboards at our 2022 Burton Snowboards product page. If you are unsure which board suits you, drop Trojan a line or send an email, and our friendly team can advise. Burton makes a lot more than boards, and you can view Trojan's range of Burton products at our website or in-store. In our next instalment, we will talk about Burton's snowboard bindings. Stay tuned.
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