Whitelines’ Deputy Editor reviews the 2013 – 14 Burton Custom Flying V at the UK Boardtest in Kaunertal.
BURTON CUSTOM FLYING V – TECH SPEC
SHAPE: Directional Twin
BURTON CUSTOM FLYING V – WHITELINES 100 SNOWBOARD BUYERS’ GUIDE REVIEW
This is the best-selling snowboard of all time. The reason for this is relatively simple – the Burton Custom appeals to a very broad spectrum of riders. Launched as the first ever “all-mountain” snowboard back in 1995, it was built to handle all terrain types, from deep powdery pillows to the sculpted ice of the halfpipe and everything in between. In the 18 years since the Custom has proved that the “all- mountain” tag is not mere marketing hype – it’s been loved by everyone from piste-cruising weekend warriors to big- hitters like Burton’s Mikkel Bang.
This latest, greatest version of the board features Burton’s high-end ‘super fly II core’, which they’ve tailored using a tech they call ‘squeezebox’ – this means it’s thicker in places where you need extra ollie power and thinner where you don’t to help reduce weight. For the coming season, they’ve also added what they call ‘carbon highlights’ – stringers that add extra stiffness.
This hasn’t changed the feel of the board radically – it still feels solid and stable underfoot – but it does add a bit more snap to the flex. This is not the easiest board to butter on by any means, but pop an ollie and you fly! A directional twin shape with a slightly longer nose and a setback stance means it floats easily in powder, and it’s rapid in a straight line too thanks to its sintered base.
The combo ‘flying v’ profile with its lifted contact points makes this relatively aggressive stick slightly more forgiving, but there’s an even more solid, stable camber version too. What with all the different length options available it’s little wonder this versatile beast was one of the first boards we picked for inclusion in the Whitelines 100.
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