Two minutes into your ride on the Burton Custom X and you’ll already be able to see why they call this full-camber charger “the most aggressive board in our line-up”.
It’s retained the directional shape and flex of previous years, so it works best when pointed down the hill in your favoured stance, but will easily handle switch riding too. Burton’s unique Squeezebox technology – where the thickness of the board varies at different points – now comes in three flavours, and they’ve opted for Squeezebox High here. This configuration has carbon fleece added to the thicker sections for increased pop, while the board is thinner (and softer) under the bindings for extra feel. The Burton Custom X is also one of only two boards to feature the B’s lightweight Dragonfly core. Top it off with Frostbite edges that give added grip under the bindings and you’ve got a high-tech, take-no-prisoners board that’s most at home when ridden at Mach 3. The Channel system offers unlimited stance options and is pretty ubiquitous in the Burton range these days, but a simple conversion kit will allow you to mount any binding.
“This one eats corduroy for breakfast – definitely one for taking to the piste. It’s also ideal for snowboard cross or halfpipe; basically anything hard and fast. While stiff in the nose and tail, there’s enough flex in the waist to allow you to work your feet independently. It’s not very playful in the jibby, buttery sense given that presses take a bit more work, but it makes up for it in the Euro-carving, race-your-mates stakes. In the case of the Burton Custom X, ‘aggressive’ isn’t just marketing spin for ‘plank’. I had a lot of fun riding it and it’s in my top three all-mountain boards for this year.” – Adam Hoskins