If you’ve ever watched Nicolas Müller ride, you might have an idea of what to expect from a board he helped to design. The backcountry-freestyle-focused Burton Flight Attendant is brand new for the 2014/5 season, sitting in Burton’s ‘Family Tree’ collection alongside the Landlord.
Interestingly Nico hasn’t gone for the traditional camber profile that he favoured for so many years, and has instead opted for ‘S-Rocker.’ It makes sense, though; this profile has camber between the feet with a large rocker section under the nose, making it ideal for both charging hard-pack and floating in pow. It features the same hella-fast sintered base as the Custom X, and has a carbon beam running through the middle of the board for extra snap. True to its creator’s ‘eco-Nico’ reputation, the wood in the core is from a certified sustainable source, while the topsheet is made from recycled plastic bottles. If off-piste to you means making the most of natural hits, then keep an eye out for one of the most exciting new boards to hit the market this year.
“I rode this in the powder, which is where it excels. The flex, both torsionally and end-to-end, is a bit softer than you might expect a freeride board to be by traditional standards. It has a really surfy feel, with the directional shape and large scoop nose making it a dream in the deep stuff. Hard pack is no problem either, thanks to the camber section of the profile. The Burton Flight Attendant is one of those boards that is instantly fun, right from the first turn – one of my top choices for the powder” – Adam Hoskins