We took a trip out to the Burton showroom to see what they're bringing to the table in 2019/2020
We were lucky enough to be invited on a field trip to go and see the Burton showroom, leaving the groady pit of central London, and venturing through the countryside to an industrial estate on the outskirts of Bracknell.
Burton have been quietly working behind the scenes to try and ensure that their company is one that is making more socially and environmentally conscious decisions. As such they’ve made the move to go completely lacquer-less with their topsheets for their snowboards, which is way better for the environment, and leaves the boards with a pretty cool matte finish. They’ve also continued to use their Super Sap resin which is formulated with bio based materials and reduces the carbon footprint by 50% compared to a traditional epoxy. Burton have also introduced a new range of Foam Mats into their line – made of algae… Yeah, that stuff you find swirling on top of a pond. We know it sounds weird, but it’s actually a pretty cool process, and generates a lot less waste than the traditional methods, plus the finished product feels just like normal foam.
Anon Sync Goggle
New for 2019/2020 The Anon Sync features a medium/large fit and is fully helmet compatible, it also features Anon’s MFI (Magnetic Facemask Integration) technology. The goggles sit at £150 and come with a bonus lens, which is ridiculously easy to swap out. Officially known as ‘M-Fusion Magnetic Assisted Lens Change Technology’ (say that 5 times fast), Anon’s magnetic lens change has revolutionised the goggle game. It’s now simpler than ever to swap out your lenses, and it’s not just a gimmick, it actually really works. With a super wide lens, it offers awesome peripheral vision, and the venting along the top stops you getting all fogged up during the day.
Want to see for yourself how easy the lens swap is? Check out Seppl Ramsbacher changing his Anon M4 lens…
Danny Davis’ weapons of choice, the Deep Thinker and Free Thinker feature the artwork of the late Keith Haring. The Deep Thinker is fully directional, and is geared more towards steep and deep pow lines and big old mountain riding. The camber profile delivers bags of pop and keeps the board super stable when charging on piste, it’s a mid flexing board and uses a full carbon layer with 45degree angled fibres to keep the torsional flex aggressive and fine tuned. The Free Thinker is the freestyle machine, with a true twin outline and flex – it’s the perfect option for days banging out park hotlaps and sidehits on piste. No one trick pony, it’ll be at home all over the mountain with its beefy full camber profile offering unreal edge hold. The super high end sintered base will keep you feeling speedy all day, even when the snow starts getting slow and sticky.
For this season the Kilroy range have all been renamed, but still retain facets of their old identities. Purepop camber features early rise in the nose and tail with a small flat section just before, for ultimate stability and less edge catch and the cambered section between the bindings for bags of pop. Brand new for this season Burton have added 3D construction outside the contact points to highlight the playful and catch free nature of the board. True twin shape and flex keeps the board feeling natural when riding switch, and allows you to spin and twist to your hearts content. The softer flex combined with Squeezebox Low is the ultimate recipe for pressing and buttering but makes sure there is enough response through the board to ride it all over the mountain.
Flight Attendant Split
The Flight Attendant is Burtons answer to the world of leg powered ascents, and is a powerful mountain charger built for dropping couloirs and beasting through the backcountry. It utilises Burtons FSC Certified Superfly II 700g core, layered on top of this is Triax glass which keeps the board impossibly light without compromising strength or responsiveness. New for this season Burton have added Karakoram split clips to the board, to make sure that the board can be compressed tighter than ever before and increasing the leverage to make opening and closing them less effort.
Completely new for next season the Kendo is a mid flexing boot with a traditional lace jam packed with bunches of Burtons tried and tested tech. The ReBounce Cushioning Sleeping Bag Reflective Foil is set to keep your little tootsies nice and warm through the winter by reflecting the heat from your feet back into the boot, and the Imprint 3 liner is heat mouldable and will morph to the shape of your feet and keep you comfy from first to last lifts.
The Step On series has had wild success over the past couple of years, and love it or hate it, you can’t deny it’s gotten everybody talking. The range expanding only goes to show that Step On’s ain’t going nowhere, the craze looks to be set to stay for the foreseeable. If you’re one of those people with super wide flipper feet, and have spent years cramming your broad trotters into ill fitting boots then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Photon now comes in a wide version. There’s 5 boots available for men, 3 for women, and 1 for kids. All step on’s will now be sold in new packaging – a cooler bag and lunch box. It’s waaaaay more eco-friendly than the old boxes and they clip together so you can zoom about town with your sandwich strapped to you.
The Burton Scribe binding has had a good seeing to for next season, and has a new look makeover. The highback has been redesigned and offers asymetric support to match with the shape of your calf and boot. The toestrap has been updated to fit over your boot better, and offers more support to the feet. The highback is mid flexing, and the baseplate is a 30% short glass/nylon composite. Available in 3 colours, it’s the perfect binding for the fashion focused. It comes in both Reflex and EST, so will fit with all major mounting systems.
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