The Burton Custom Flying V is one of the more recent incarnations of the best selling board of all time – the Burton Custom. Even if you haven’t ridden one, you’ll more than likely recognise the name, or at least have seen a similar ‘Custom’ graphic scrawled across one of it’s many family members that grace the slopes every year.
These days, big B have packed in little touches like Carbon Highlights and Squeezebox core profiling with the aim of building a lighter, poppier and better handling board that’ll rip through any terrain. Essentially, it’s thicker where it needs to be to give you ultimate pop, but thinner where it can be to save on weight.
The Flying V model has a rocker profile overall, with lifted camber zones underfoot to retain a forgiving feel – and Burton’s frostbite edges that extend out slightly under the bindings to give you extra support when you need it.
“I found that on the piste, this was quite nice for side hits and buttering around on. It feels a lot softer than I was expecting, but a bit more playful – so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I took it into the park a bit and after a couple of jumps you get used to the more forgiving flex and you can ride out pretty much anything as long as you’re near landing it. It’s not the ideal powder board really, but I found that it handled that pretty well. You can charge around on it and it’s quite stable until you hit very high speeds, then it does get a bit chattery, especially in the crud… But if you want one board to do everything, this is about as close as you’re going to get” – Sam McMahon