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Burton Antler 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

While it looks like the hybrid profile version has been retired, the Burton Antler soldiers on as a camber snowboard that’s both high-end and accessible. The ultra lightweight core is just one of a few characteristics that it shares with the Custom X, yet it and its famous, take-no-prisoners stablemate are aimed at very different types of rider.

Combined with its camber profile, the Burton Antler’s slightly directional shape does lend itself to gripping and ripping the hardpack, while the twin flex means you’re not sacrificing too much performance when riding switch. Indeed, freestyle is recommended for this one; there’s just enough flex and forgiveness to make it one for hitting everything in sight, and thanks to that core – not to mention the layer of carbon weaved into the fibreglass – it’s so light that you’d be daft not to get it airborne whenever possible. Should you just want to open her up on a wide, groomed piste, the sintered base will see you right.

One thing holding it back a little is the price, and the target rider may find it hard to justify that extra expense when there are lots of boards out there that can be picked up for far less. However, if you’re prepared to pay for it then the Burton Antler offers the tech of a premium screamer in a much more fun and forgiving package.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Blomfield – Whitelines

“I jumped on this right after the Process Off-Axis, and although both models are aimed at all-mountain freestyle, the Antler is definitely a looser ride, with less extreme edge hold.

It’s very easy to throw about and super comfortable in the park (apparently it’s one of the most popular Burton boards in the US, which speaks to its freestyle credentials).

That said, the Antler is no jib noodle – traditional camber means you need to work for your presses but also ensures you can power down the hill both on and off piste. In a nutshell: a jack of all trades for the trick-pulling seasonaire type.”

“In a nutshell: a jack of all trades for the trick-pulling seasonaire type”

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