February 15, 2022 7 min read 1 Comment
With the winter Olympics running and the tail end of summer drawing nearer by the day, what better time to gear up for the upcoming snow season, and what better range to look at then Burtons new 2023 snowboard line-up. Burton has spearheaded many of the improvements made in snowboarding over the years, by creating ground-breaking products, supporting the world's best riders, and pushing more resorts to allow snowboarding, resulting in snowboarding’s transformation from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport. Burton’s reverberations are not limited to the snow industry, with their involvement in sustainable energy, environmental health and safety, fair labour, and gender equity circles. Since Burtons beginning, snowboards have seen many shapes and sizes, some remaining while others not. Since all the varieties on offer can be confusing, here we will break down the new range into a digestible overview summarising shapes and bends, riding types and styles, size, while displaying some of the brand-new graphics.
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; these boards will do it.
The next few boards are part of the all-mountain range, although focus more on a free ride style. Modern technology has allowed for clever designs of these new boards, creating high performance over versatile intermediate and expert conditions.
First up is the Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard, a great value option for someone wanting an adaptive 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 with less work on the rear leg. 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.
Freeride boards (powder 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 forcing lines. We have already mentioned the Skeleton Key, and Deep Thinker (see all mountain / free ride above) both these boards would make a great freeride board. A few other great options are below.
Parks are the snowy version of a skateboard park. Offering a recreational terrain that often includes jumps, rails and pipes, and obstacle not often found in typical mountain conditions. Freestyle boards (parks 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.
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 11 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. If you are unsure which board suits you, drop Trojan a line or send an email, and our friendly team can advise you, or have a look at our other blogs including Snow Buyers Guide and A guide to snowboard cambers where we break down Snowboard styles, profiles and shapes so you can find the perfect board.
Burton makes a lot more than boards, and you can view Trojan's range of Burton products at our website or in-store.
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