The Burton Talent Scout is a new release for 2014/15. This is a twin board (as the graphic suggests) with a freestyle design that has found favour with park destroyers Enni Rukajarvi and Kimmy Fasani.
If you’re into butters and presses then you’ll enjoy the Talent Scout’s soft flex and the flat sections at either end. They’ll also come into play in deeper show, giving the nose a better chance of keeping above the surface. It features Burton’s ‘Off Axis Squeezebox’ profile, which has two key elements. As with all Squeezebox boards, certain parts of the core been thinned to increase flex, but on this one they don’t run parallel with the board’s waist. Rather they have been angled to align with the asymmetrical shape, caused by the heel edge having a tighter radius than the toe. It might seem like a lot to get your head around, but all the testers we asked were adamant that it does the job. With positive word-of-mouth spreading like wildfire, don’t be surprised if someone recommends the Talent Scout to you before long.
“This was definitely one of the top boards that I tested. The control and feeling underfoot was super nice, the torsional flex making it snappy through turns and easy to press, which is always nice! The camber/flat mix of the profile means that it’s awesome for tanking down the pistes without giving you that annoying, confidence-curbing chatter. I found that the flat sections of the profile didn’t provide as much pop as some other boards I tested; I prefer more camber near the nose and tail for extra snap. However it feels solid whether you’re going through the park or popping and pressing around the piste.” – Lauren MacCallum